Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
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Game 2: Saturday, July 3
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Game 3: Sunday, July 4
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Dodgers 3

(40-37, 17-21 away)

Angels 7

(42-37, 23-16 home)

10:05 PM ET, July 2, 2004

Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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W: A. Sele (5-0)

L: K. Ishii (9-4)

Sele shuts down Dodgers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Utilityman Robb Quinlan had a chance to redeem himself after his most frustrating game in the major leagues, and he didn't squander it.

Quinlan drove in two runs to help stake Aaron Sele to an early lead and the Anaheim Angels beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Friday night, ending a four-game losing streak.

On Thursday in Oakland, Quinlan stranded nine baserunners in five at-bats during a 7-3 loss.

"This is a tough game with a lot of ups and downs," Quinlan said. "Yesterday I had some opportunities to drive in some runs and I didn't. (Bench coach) Joe Maddon told me after yesterday's game, 'Don't take it too hard. Think about it for an hour or a half-hour and let it go.' I did, then I went to bed, got a good night's sleep and was ready to go today.

"Obviously, there are some days you wish you could forget about. I've had some bad games before, but you've got to just put those behind you. Tonight I was fortunate enough to get back in the lineup again," he said.

Quinlan started at third base in place of Chone Figgins, who missed the game because of a concussion after starting 63 consecutive contests. The injury occurred in the seventh inning of Thursday's game, when Figgins successfully broke up a double play with a feet-first slide and hit his head against the knee of second baseman Marco Scutaro.

Quinlan got the green light from manager Mike Scioscia on a 3-0 pitch and laced it to left-center for an RBI double, capping a five-run first inning against Kazuhisa Ishii. The Angels, who took two of three against the Dodgers last weekend in Los Angeles, increased the margin to 7-1 in the third with Quinlan's sacrifice fly.

Sele (5-0) pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on just three hits, including a solo homer by Alex Cora and a two-run shot by Paul Lo Duca. The right-hander is 6-0 lifetime against the Dodgers, who have lost eight of 11.

"We'll take runs early in the game any time we can get them," Sele said. "But you have to keep pitching your game, especially that early. If you lose your focus after getting a big lead, you can get yourself in big trouble. So I just stayed with my game plan and threw my pitches."

Sele, who struck out five and walked one, retired 17 of his first 19 batters before giving up a two-out walk to Cesar Izturis in the sixth and an opposite-field homer by Lo Duca on the next pitch. Cora's homer came in the third.

Brendan Donnelly and Francisco Rodriguez finished the four-hitter.

The Angels, 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position in Thursday's loss, were 5-for-5 in that situation against Ishii (9-4). The left-hander allowed seven runs, seven hits and two walks over three innings in his shortest outing of the season after winning his previous four decisions.

The Angels batted around in the first, using a pair of one-out walks as a springboard to a 5-0 lead. Garret Anderson and Jose Guillen followed with RBI singles before Bengie Molina sliced an RBI double into the right-field corner and Tim Salmon hit the first of his two sacrifice flies for Anaheim's fourth run.

"We were pitched out of the game before we really got an opportunity to get involved in it," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "Kazuhisa didn't have it in the first inning. Those bases on balls normally end up correlating into runs, and that's what happened tonight. It gets you every time."

Dodgers center fielder Milton Bradley, in just his third game back following a four-game suspension, was ejected by plate umpire John Hirschbeck in the fourth inning after getting called out on strikes for the second time -- and flinging his bat away in disgust for the second time.

Bradley walked back to the dugout and bowed twice to the sellout crowd of 43,816 before disappearing into the tunnel.

"The first time, Milton wasn't wrong. The second called third strike, I've been told that the ball was well off the plate," Tracy said. "And if that's the case, and he's upset about that, then I'd say he had a right to be upset. There also were some questionable calls on both sides of the field tonight, and that's all I'll say about that."

Bradley left the ballpark right after the final out without speaking to reporters.

Game notes


The Angels and Dodgers each have played 39 home games, with Los Angeles leading Anaheim in total attendance by just 49,992. The Angels have never drawn more than the Dodgers at home for an entire season. The closest they came was last year, when they reached the 3 million mark for the first time -- and still fell 77,532 short of Los Angeles. ... The Angels' 25th home sellout tied the franchise record.

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