Gagne notches 84th consecutive save

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Adrian Beltre is hitting like never
before, and that's a good thing.

Bartolo Colon is pitching like never before, and that's
definitely not good.

Beltre hit two of his team's four homers, and the Los Angeles
Dodgers roughed up Colon for the second time in six days Saturday
night in beating the Anaheim Angels 8-5.

Beltre and Cesar Izturis drove in three runs each, and Robin
Ventura and Milton Bradley hit solo homers as the Dodgers snapped a
six-game losing streak at Angel Stadium.

Eric Gagne, the fifth Dodgers pitcher, pitched a perfect ninth
with two strikeouts to extend his major league record for
consecutive saves to 84, including 21 this season.

Darren Dreifort blanked the Angels in the sixth and winner
Guillermo Mota (6-3) pitched two perfect innings before Gagne

Beltre has hit five of his 21 homers in four games against the
Angels since June 26, and is two shy of the career high he
established last year.

"I made good contact, the ball went out," Beltre said. "I'm
seeing the ball good lately."

Colon (5-8) allowed eight hits and seven runs in four innings.
He gave up eight hits and eight runs in 3 2-3 innings at Dodger
Stadium last Sunday.

Beltre has homered in three straight at-bats against Colon -- a
three-run shot last weekend and in his first two at-bats of this

"He's putting some good swings on bad pitches that I'm
making," Colon said through a translator.

"He's a tough pitcher to hit -- he throws 94, 97 (mph)," Beltre
said. "He might be struggling right now."

That's an understatement. Colon, who signed a four-year, $51
million contract with the Angels last winter, is 2-7 in his last 13
starts, 0-4 in interleague play and has allowed six or more earned
runs in six of his 17 starts.

He has given up a big league-leading 26 homers and his ERA is

"Bart's going to get the opportunity to pitch through this,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Scioscia, pitching coach Bud Black and the Angels' catchers will
meet with Colon before Sunday night's game to try and figure out a
way to get the 31-year-old right-hander back on track.

"I have no idea what the meeting is going to be about," Colon
said. "But Mike is the manager, so whatever recommendation he
makes, I will make sure that I follow it."

The Dodgers, who moved within 2{ games of the NL West-leading
San Francisco Giants, have won four of six since losing six
straight. The Angels lost for the fifth time in six games.

Rookie right-hander Edwin Jackson, recalled from Triple-A Las
Vegas to start the game, lasted only 1 2-3 innings before leaving
because of what the Dodgers called a mild strain of his pitching
elbow. He is day-to-day.

"It didn't hurt -- it was like something was loose," Jackson
said. "Hopefully, it's nothing. We'll come out tomorrow and see
how it feels."

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said an MRI will be performed within
the next few days on Jackson's elbow. But if Jackson feels OK on
Sunday, he might have a bullpen session the following day.

Duaner Sanchez relieved Jackson and allowed four hits and three
runs in 3 1-3 innings.

The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by
Izturis and a two-run homer by Beltre. Dave Roberts started the
rally by singling to end a nine-pitch at-bat off Colon.

Vladimir Guerrero hit his 20th homer, a two-run shot off Jackson
in the bottom half, but Ventura's first home run since Sept. 21 in
the second and Beltre's second of the game in the third made it

Darin Erstad hit a two-run homer off Sanchez in the bottom of
the third, but Izturis' two-out, two-run single in the fourth and
Bradley's solo homer off Ramon Ortiz in the fifth made it 8-4.

The Angels got a run in their half on Jose Guillen's two-out RBI
single before Ortiz retired the Dodgers in order in the sixth for
their first scoreless inning.

Game notes
The game was played before a crowd of 43,686, the Angels
franchise-record 26th sellout this season. ... The Angels honored
the College World Series-winning Cal State-Fullerton baseball team
in a pre-game ceremony. ... Colon has allowed three homers in four
starts and at least one in nine others. He allowed a career-high 30
homers while pitching for the Chicago White Sox last year. ... To
make room for Jackson, the Dodgers placed LHP Odalis Perez on the
15-day disabled list retroactive to June 27 because of an inflamed
rotator cuff. They hope Perez, 4-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 16 starts,
will return to the rotation after the All-Star break.