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Anderson knocks in winning runs with 999th, 1,000th RBI

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Garret Anderson's demeanor is pretty much the same whether he strikes out with the bases loaded or hits a grand slam.

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So reaching the 1,000-RBI plateau was no cause for celebration, although he expressed satisfaction concerning the manner in which he made it here.

Anderson's two-run double in the eighth drove in the go-ahead runs, gave him 1,000 career RBI, and lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The win gave the Angels a sweep of the three-game interleague series and extended their winning streak to a season-high six games. They lead second-place Texas by 6½ games in the AL West.

"The meaning is we won the game," said Anderson of becoming the first player in franchise history to drive in 1,000 runs. "I was more happy that we got the two runs there and won the game. I still have a lot of games to be played. I'll be able to look back on it when I finish playing. I don't get too high or low on my achievements whether they're good or bad."

They've been mostly good, and this achievement provided an early birthday present for Anderson, who turns 33 Thursday.

Anderson has been an Angels' regular since 1995, when he finished second behind Minnesota's Marty Cordova in the AL rookie of the year voting. And he's always been a player who's appreciated by his teammates.

"He's not flashy, he's not showy, he just gets the job done. He's a humble superstar," pitcher Paul Byrd said.

"He's just an RBI machine, that guy you want in there in those key situations," first baseman Darin Erstad said.

"You've got to be a really, really good hitter to get 1,000 RBI in this league," catcher Bengie Molina said.

Erstad started the winning rally with a single off Kelly Wunsch (1-1) to snap an 0-for-14 drought. Duaner Sanchez relieved Wunsch and gave up a single to Vladimir Guerrero before Anderson doubled off the right-center field fence.

Shortly thereafter, many in the sellout crowd of 44,029 began chanting, "Sweep, sweep!"

The Angels obliged to move a season-high 16 games over .500. They beat the Dodgers in five of their six games this season and have won 12 of the past 16 meetings between the teams.

The injury-ravaged Dodgers went 2-11 on a 13-game road trip and fell 6½ games behind the NL West-leading San Diego Padres.

Brendan Donnelly (5-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the victory, and Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his second save in as many games and 14th in 16 chances.

Jayson Werth provided the Dodgers' offense with his third and fourth home runs of the season -- a two-run shot in the first and a solo effort in the seventh.

Werth's second-inning homer Saturday night provided the Dodgers with their only run in the first two games of the series.

"Personally, I've been feeling better and having better at-bats," said Werth, who broke his left wrist early in spring training and missed the first 44 games of the season. "But all things considered, as bad as the road trip was, we just need to stay positive and look forward to what we have coming up in front of us."

The Angels took a 3-2 lead off Derek Lowe in the sixth when Jeff DaVanon hit a one-out triple and scored when rookie Maicer Izturis bounced a single over the drawn in Dodgers infield for his second big-league RBI. Werth tied it by hitting Byrd's first pitch of the seventh over the center field wall.

The Angels scored a run in the third on a two-out, run-scoring single by Anderson, and another in the fifth when Adam Kennedy scored while Erstad was grounding into just his second double play of the season.

Byrd allowed four hits and three runs in seven innings. He retired 16 of the 17 batters he faced between Werth's home runs. Lowe also went seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs.

Notes

  • The three-game series at Angel Stadium drew 132,192.
  • The Angels finished interleague play with a 12-6 record while the Dodgers wound up an NL worst 5-13.
  • Dodgers OF J.D. Drew missed his fifth game because of a sore left knee. He took batting practice and said he's close to being able to return to the lineup.
  • Angels 3B Dallas McPherson didn't play because of a tight left groin that caused him to leave Saturday night's game in the seventh inning. Manager Mike Scioscia said he didn't believe the injury was serious.
  • 2B Jeff Kent, who leads the Dodgers with 14 homers, 55 RBI and 47 runs scored, received what manager Jim Tracy called a much-needed start off. He pinch hit in the ninth and popped out to second.
  • Werth hit cleanup for the first time since joining the Dodgers last season. He had only one homer in 57 at-bats before Saturday night's game.
  • Kennedy went 0-for-1 with two walks, ending his 13-game hitting streak.
 
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Garret Anderson watches his go-ahead, two-run double fly toward the right-center field wall.  (Getty Images)
Garret Anderson watches his go-ahead, two-run double fly toward the right-center field wall. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Los Angeles

J. Werth
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS4000010 .283
Antonio Perez, 2B4010020 .339
Olmedo Saenz, DH4120021 .311
    Oscar Robles, PR-DH0000000 .237
Jayson Werth, CF4223021 .252
Hee Seop Choi, 1B3000000 .232
   a- Jeff Kent, PH1000001 .290
Jason Phillips, C3000110 .246
    Jason Repko, PR0000000 .186
Mike Edwards, 3B3000102 .318
Jason Grabowski, LF3000011 .184
Cody Ross, RF3000000 .111
Totals32353296 
a-popped out for Choi in the 9th
Batting
2B - Olmedo Saenz (13, Byrd)
HR - Jayson Werth 2 (4, Byrd, Byrd)
RBI - Jayson Werth 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Perez-Izturis-Choi
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe 7633340 3.66
Kelly Wunsch (L,1-1)0111000 4.64
Duaner Sanchez 1311010 3.86
WP - Derek Lowe (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 110-71, Kelly Wunsch 4-2, Duaner Sanchez 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 9-6, Duaner Sanchez 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 28, Kelly Wunsch 1, Duaner Sanchez 6
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4010021 .273
Darin Erstad, 1B4210001 .291
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4120010 .335
Garret Anderson, LF4023000 .312
Jeff DaVanon, RF4110003 .238
Maicer Izturis, 3B4031000 .308
Jose Molina, C3000111 .261
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000014 .243
Adam Kennedy, 2B1100200 .340
Totals3251043510 
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (16, Sanchez)
3B - Jeff DaVanon (1, Lowe)
RBI - Garret Anderson 3 (53), Maicer Izturis (2)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (26)
SB - Maicer Izturis 2 (3, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips, 2nd base off Sanchez/Phillips), Adam Kennedy (7, 2nd base off Lowe/Phillips)
CS - Maicer Izturis (1, 2nd base by Lowe/Phillips)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
Paul Byrd 7433162 3.87
Brendan Donnelly (W,5-2) 1000020 3.97
Francisco Rodriguez (S,14) 1100110 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 107-77, Brendan Donnelly 9-8, Francisco Rodriguez 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 4-11, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 26, Brendan Donnelly 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44029
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Jerry Meals