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Ethier finishes 5-for-5 in Dodgers route of Angels

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LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier spent an off day at Disneyland with his wife. He made a return trip to Fantasyland against the Los Angeles Angels.

Ethier highlighted his first career five-hit game with a homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers rapped out 25 hits in a 16-3 win in the opener of the teams' interleague series Friday night.

"You don't realize what's really going on," he said. "You're just going up there focusing on the task at hand. Some say the ball seems big. It still seems small, but you're just able to put a good swing on it and have confidence up there doing it."

Russell Martin added three hits and drove in three runs -- both career highs -- for the Dodgers, who improved to 10-2 with him in the starting lineup. He and Ethier each made their major league debuts four days apart earlier this month.

"He always has to show me up, do a little better than I do, but I'll get him back," Martin joked.

Ethier had an RBI single in the Dodgers' nine-run sixth inning, finished with three RBI and scored four runs playing in front of four family members. He added his first major league assist in the ninth.

"We weren't able to get ahead of him on some counts," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "When we did, he fought one ball off for a base hit early. He stays inside the ball well and he obviously drives the ball well the other way."

Ethier was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas because of injuries in the Dodgers' outfield, leaving his future in Los Angeles uncertain.

"It's a great opportunity to be here doing this and you got to take advantage of it and force the issue as best you can," he said.

Aaron Sele (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one against his old team.

"We've had a team that's been capable of scoring a lot of runs and it was just a matter of it happening," he said.

Making his first career start against his former team, Jeff Weaver (1-7) allowed four runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out two and walked two in losing his fifth straight.

"It's one of those things where you make the right adjustments, you feel good and make your pitches and get the ground balls you're looking for, and then you get singled to death," Weaver said. "At least the ball was kept in the yard. Now the next step is just finding some gloves for those groundballs to go to."

As if that wasn't insult enough, Jose Cruz Jr. singled off the back of Weaver's upper left thigh in the bottom of the first.

Weaver's continued struggles could cost him his starting spot. He met with Scioscia, pitching coach Bud Black and the catchers Tuesday to discuss his penchant for overthrowing every hitter.

"Personnel changes are a last resort, but we'll contemplate it if it looks like we're not going in the right direction," Scioscia said.

The Dodgers sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth, when they extended their lead to 13-2. They had nine hits in the inning and still managed to leave the bases loaded.

The Angels' only highlight came in the first on Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer. The loss was their 15th in 20 games.

"There are some holes in our lineup, and that's obvious right now with some guys out," Scioscia said. "Every team has those issues, though, and our depth is something that's biting us right now. Obviously, these last three weeks have been very, very tough on us, but we're going to move in the right direction."

The Dodgers scored runs with two outs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-2 lead. Martin's bases-loaded RBI single in the fifth made it 4-2.

Angels reliever Esteban Yan loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and then hit Jeff Kent, forcing in Rafael Furcal with the first of the Dodgers' nine runs.

Willy Aybar followed with a two-run double down the right-field line. Ethier, Martin and pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz had RBI singles to make it 10-2.

Furcal hit a two-run triple and Nomar Garciaparra finished off the big inning with a two-out RBI single that increased the Dodgers' lead to 13-2. Ethier homered in the seventh off Brendan Donnelly.

Notes

  • Sele earned his 19th interleague victory, tying him with Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs for first on the career list. Maddux lost to the White Sox on Friday.
  • The Dodgers' nine runs in the sixth were their most in an inning since scoring 10 in the first against Cincinnati on May 6, 2005.
  • Their nine hits were the most in an inning since they had 10 against St. Louis on May 27, 1990.
  • Angels INF Erick Aybar made his major league debut as a pinch hitter in the seventh with an inning-ending grounder. His brother, Dodgers 3B Willy Aybar, doubled in the sixth.
  • Ethier's five hits were the first by a Dodger since Oscar Robles did so last July 5 at Colorado.
  • The Dodgers' franchise record for hits in a game is 28, which occurred on two different occasions.
 
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Andre Ethier has first career five-hit game, including a homer in the Dodgers' hitting onslaught.  (AP)
Andre Ethier has first career five-hit game, including a homer in the Dodgers' hitting onslaught. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 4
H 5
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF5030002 .267
Orlando Cabrera, SS3110002 .273
   a- Erick Aybar, PH-SS2000003 .000
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3122010 .321
    Tommy Murphy, RF1000010 .280
Juan Rivera, LF4000001 .227
Adam Kennedy, 2B2000211 .264
Robb Quinlan, 1B3000012 .271
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   b- Tim Salmon, PH1000001 .261
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Dallas McPherson, 3B-1B4120010 .261
Mike Napoli, C4020010 .355
Jeff Weaver, P2000002 .000
    Esteban Yan, P0000000 .000
    Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B2001000 .100
Totals3631032614 
a-grounded out for Cabrera in the 7th
b-grounded out for Donnelly in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Napoli (3, Sele)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (11, Sele)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (37), Edgardo Alfonzo (1)
CS - Chone Figgins (3, 2nd base by Sele/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Quinlan
E - Dallas McPherson (1, Misplayed grounder), Juan Rivera (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Jeff Weaver (L,1-7) 4.11143220 7.30
Esteban Yan 1255110 6.95
J.C. Romero 0.2744010 8.10
Brendan Donnelly 1211021 3.54
Hector Carrasco 1322010 4.35
IBB - Drew by Esteban Yan
HBP - Kent (by Esteban Yan)
WP - Esteban Yan (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 77-47, Esteban Yan 25-12, J.C. Romero 31-21, Brendan Donnelly 21-14, Hector Carrasco 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 9-2, Esteban Yan 1-1, J.C. Romero 1-0, Hector Carrasco 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 26, Esteban Yan 7, J.C. Romero 9, Brendan Donnelly 5, Hector Carrasco 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5233010 .238
    Ramon Martinez, SS1000011 .316
Jose Cruz Jr., CF6020023 .241
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B5231003 .351
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Robles, 2B1110000 .190
J.D. Drew, RF4220211 .296
Jeff Kent, 2B3222100 .243
    Tim Hamulack, P0000000 .000
   a- Sandy Alomar Jr., PH1000012 .342
    Lance Carter, P0000000 .000
Willy Aybar, 3B6123005 .381
Andre Ethier, LF5453000 .317
Russell Martin, C6133012 .325
Aaron Sele, P2000002 .143
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH-1B2121000 .318
Totals471625163719 
a-struck out for Hamulack in the 8th
b-singled for Sele in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra (10, Yan), J.D. Drew (6, Carrasco), Willy Aybar (3, Yan), Russell Martin (2, Weaver)
3B - Rafael Furcal (2, Romero)
HR - Andre Ethier (2, Donnelly)
SF - Andre Ethier (1)
SH - Aaron Sele (2)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 3 (14), Nomar Garciaparra (26), Jeff Kent 2 (27), Willy Aybar 3 (5), Andre Ethier 3 (5), Russell Martin 3 (8), Olmedo Saenz (21)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (4), Nomar Garciaparra (10), Jeff Kent (12), Russell Martin (1)
SB - Jose Cruz Jr. (5, 2nd base off Weaver/Napoli)
CS - Rafael Furcal (5, 2nd base by Weaver/Napoli)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
E - Olmedo Saenz (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Aaron Sele (W,2-0) 6622131 2.29
Jonathan Broxton 1100020 1.13
Tim Hamulack 1000110 5.29
Lance Carter 1311000 7.59
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Sele 80-48, Jonathan Broxton 16-13, Tim Hamulack 22-12, Lance Carter 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Sele 9-5, Jonathan Broxton 2-0, Tim Hamulack 2-0, Lance Carter 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Sele 24, Jonathan Broxton 5, Tim Hamulack 4, Lance Carter 5
Game Information
Attendance - 55655
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Ramon Armendariz, Third Base - Paul Emmel