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Anaheim at Los Angeles

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Dodgers 8, Angels 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- J.D. Drew's day off didn't quite turn out that way.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' leading home run and RBI man wound up putting in a couple minutes of excellent work Saturday.

Drew's pinch-hit homer leading off the seventh drove in the go-ahead run, and the streaking Dodgers rallied for an 8-4 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Angels.

"I was enjoying it until I got a chance to contribute," Drew said of his day off. "I just tried to keep it simple, put a nice easy swing on the ball."

Drew, batting for winner Joe Beimel, hit a 1-2 pitch from Scot Shields (1-3) into the right-field bullpen to snap a 4-4 tie. It was Drew's eighth homer of the season and the 150th of his career.

"It was a slider that I left up," Shields said. "I don't know if I could have thrown a worse pitch right there. I made a mistake and he made me pay for it, so you've got to give him credit. That was the difference in the game."

Pinch hitting isn't something Drew is called on to do very often. But he has hit three homers in that role in his career.

"It takes a special guy to do that," he said. "Your heart's going a little quicker, you've just got to settle down a little bit."

The Dodgers won for the 11th time in 14 games by scoring seven runs in their final three at-bats. They're a season-best three games over .500.

"We like our club and we feel like we're going to like it even more once we see it all together," manager Grady Little said. "When that will be, I don't know."

The Dodgers have eight players on the disabled list.

The loss was the fourth straight and 16th in 21 games for the Angels, who dropped a season-high nine games below .500.

"We're a better team than we've shown the past three weeks," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Pitching and defense have made us contenders, but we've had some breakdowns in those areas for the last couple of weeks. It's safe to say that the club we have right now is not the club that we need out there."

Beimel (1-0) earned his first big league victory since 2003 by striking out the side in the seventh. Juan Rivera reached first on a wild pitch with two outs while swinging at strike three, but Beimel picked him off first to end the inning.

The Dodgers got three insurance runs off Jason Bulger in the eighth on Russell Martin's fielder's choice grounder, a wild pitch and Rafael Furcal's RBI single -- his third hit of the game.

The Angels led 4-1 before Willy Aybar tied it in the sixth by hitting a three-run homer, golfing an 0-2 pitch from Kevin Gregg into the lower right-field seats following leadoff singles by Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent.

"It was a good pitch. He went down and happened to put some good wood on it," Gregg said. "I have nothing to complain about the pitch at all."

Little smiled when asked about the improbable homer.

"They've got a guy over there playing right field who can hit balls off the ground a long way," he said, referring to Angels star Vladimir Guerrero. "We're just trying to even up the score."

The Angels, pummeled 16-3 by the Dodgers on Friday night, took a 3-0 lead off Brett Tomko in the first on doubles by Adam Kennedy and Rivera and a two-run homer by Dallas McPherson -- his first RBI of the season.

Kenny Lofton singled, took third on a double by Garciaparra and scored on Kent's grounder in the bottom of the first.

The Angels made it 4-1 in the fourth on a two-out, RBI single by Chone Figgins.

Both starters gave up four runs in six innings. Gregg allowed seven hits while walking one and striking out a career-high seven, while Tomko gave up 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

"It was a battle. I didn't have my best stuff," said Tomko, who's 5-1 with a 3.21 ERA. "The job Aybar's done filling in for Bill Mueller -- that's what it takes to win."

Mueller, the Dodgers' starting third baseman, had surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to be sidelined at least a month.

Notes

The Angels placed INF Edgardo Alfonzo on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, and recalled Bulger from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Little said OF Jason Repko, sidelined since spraining his left ankle May 9, will probably be out at least another four weeks. ... Angels INF Erick Aybar, Willy's younger brother, made his first big league start and got his first hits -- singles in the fourth and sixth innings. ... Willy Aybar's homer was his first this year and the second of his career. ... Little faces a dilemma when C Dioner Navarro (injured right wrist) is ready to come off the disabled list because Martin has played so well in his absence, both offensively and defensively. "As we sit here right now, I don't know how in the world you ever could," Little replied when asked if the 23-year-old Martin would return to the minors.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

W. Aybar
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Anaheim

D. McPherson
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF-LF5011013 .265
Adam Kennedy, 2B4120012 .271
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000012 .313
Juan Rivera, LF4111011 .228
    Scot Shields, P0000000 .000
    Jason Bulger, P0000000 .000
    Esteban Yan, P0000000 .000
Dallas McPherson, 3B4112002 .259
Robb Quinlan, 1B4120000 .286
Erick Aybar, SS4020000 .333
Jose Molina, C3010014 .173
   a- Mike Napoli, PH1000010 .344
Kevin Gregg, P3000025 .000
    Tommy Murphy, CF1000000 .269
Totals3741040819 
a-struck out for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy 2 (9, Tomko, Tomko), Juan Rivera (5, Tomko), Jose Molina (5, Tomko)
HR - Dallas McPherson (1, Tomko)
RBI - Chone Figgins (13), Juan Rivera (14), Dallas McPherson 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (5), Juan Rivera (7), Dallas McPherson 2 (2)
CS - Juan Rivera (2, 2nd base by Beimel/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
Kevin Gregg 6744171 4.30
Scot Shields (L,1-3) 1111021 1.14
Jason Bulger 0.2133310 40.50
Esteban Yan 0.1100000 6.85
WP - Jason Bulger (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Gregg 109-70, Scot Shields 17-12, Jason Bulger 28-13, Esteban Yan 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Gregg 3-8, Scot Shields 1-0, Jason Bulger 1-0, Esteban Yan 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Gregg 26, Scot Shields 4, Jason Bulger 6, Esteban Yan 2
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5031010 .249
Kenny Lofton, CF5110014 .274
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4120001 .357
Jeff Kent, 2B4111020 .243
Willy Aybar, 3B2213211 .391
Andre Ethier, LF4110011 .311
Jose Cruz Jr., RF3000121 .235
Russell Martin, C4101010 .295
Brett Tomko, P2000010 .111
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- J.D. Drew, PH1111000 .301
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   b- Olmedo Saenz, PH0000100 .318
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals3481074108 
a-homered for Beimel in the 7th
b-walked for Baez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nomar Garciaparra (11, Gregg)
HR - Willy Aybar (1, Gregg), J.D. Drew (8, Shields)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (15), Jeff Kent (28), Willy Aybar 3 (8), Russell Martin (9), J.D. Drew (31)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (5)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Tomko 61044041 3.21
Joe Beimel (W,1-0) 1000030 2.70
Danys Baez (H,1) 1000000 2.95
Takashi Saito 1000010 2.74
WP - Brett Tomko (1), Joe Beimel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Tomko 106-76, Joe Beimel 23-14, Danys Baez 15-9, Takashi Saito 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Tomko 8-6, Danys Baez 1-2
Batters Faced - Brett Tomko 28, Joe Beimel 3, Danys Baez 3, Takashi Saito 3
Game Information
Attendance - 55587
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Ramon Armendariz, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor