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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orlando Cabrera reached base safely in his 59th straight game Sunday for the longest such streak since 1960.
He celebrated by stealing home for the first time he can remember.
But it was Cabrera, better known as a slick-fielding shortstop than an offensive force, who drew the most attention afterward.
"It's crazy to me that I'm doing it," Cabrera said regarding his streak. "Joe DiMaggio got a 56-game hitting streak. How sick is that? (Barry) Bonds, (Derek) Jeter, those guys who hit .300, they walk a lot. I've never walked a lot."
Cabrera is hitting .299 with five homers and 44 RBI. He's walked 29 times and been hit by pitches twice.
"He's on a great streak, we know that," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're still trying to find out where he is on the (all-time) list. Needless to say, it's incredible."
The major league record is 84 games by Ted Williams, but research has shown that nobody has a better streak than Cabrera's in the last 46 years. Bonds reached base safely in 58 straight games three years ago.
Cabrera hit a two-out double off rookie Chad Billingsley (0-2) in the third to end an 0-for-10 drought, but that hadn't stopped him from continuing to reach base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch at least once in every game since April 24th.
Chone Figgins took third on Cabrera's liner down the right-field line, and scored when J.D. Drew booted the ball. Cabrera took third on the error and then caught Billingsley napping by taking off from third and scoring without a throw.
Guerrero was batting at the time. He knew what was coming.
"After the first pitch, Orlando openly told me, `This guy's doing something that's giving me a chance, so please get out of the way,"' Guerrero said through a translator. "I always look to the third base coach. I saw Orlando, he said a word or two in Spanish. His hand gesture was really enough."
Cabrera said he noticed that Billingsley, making his fourth major league start, paused before every pitch.
Cabrera said he had never stolen home before, and wouldn't have tried it had Guerrero not looked at him.
"Apparently, he told Vladdy," Lackey said with a chuckle. "It's something you want to do. Vladdy could have killed him."
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said that wouldn't happen again because Billingsley will pitch from the stretch position in the future with a runner at third.
"When he goes into his windup, he has this routine where he steps back and looks down," Martin said. "I guess Cabrera picked it up because as soon as he put his head down, Cabrera took off. And by the time he picked his head up, Cabrera was already starting to slide. So we didn't really have a chance."
Lackey (6-5) scattered four hits before being relieved by Scot Shields with two outs and one on in the seventh. Lackey, who threw 108 pitches on a hot day, was taken out after issuing his only walk of the game.
The win was the second straight for the Angels over the Dodgers after they were outscored 37-8 while losing four in a row to their local rivals.
The Dodgers finished their interleague schedule with a 5-10 record after losing five of their final six games. The Angels were an AL-worst 7-11 in interleague action.
Guerrero hit his 17th homer in the sixth to make it 3-0. The Angels got their final run later in the inning on a two-out throwing error by shortstop Rafael Furcal.
Billingsley allowed four hits and four runs -- two earned -- while walking four, striking out three and throwing 91 pitches. He has issued 17 walks in 22 innings.
Plate umpire Derryl Cousins had to leave the game after being struck in his left elbow by an inside pitch thrown by Shields that struck out Martin to end the top of the seventh, and was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays.
It appeared that Angels catcher Mike Napoli missed the ball completely as Martin swung and missed. First base umpire Tim Timmons took over behind the plate.
Cabrera has reached base safely in 74 of 78 games this season. ... Furcal's error was his 18th of the season -- three more than he committed all of last year. ... Cabrera's stolen base was the first straight steal of home for an Angels player since Tony Phillips accomplished the feat on June 28, 1997, at Seattle. ... Dodgers 1B Nomar Garciaparra, the NL batting leader, doubled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 14 games. ... The Angels lost the season series to the Dodgers for the first time since 1999 -- two years after interleague play began. ... Dodgers INF Cesar Izturis hit a two-out single in the third to end an 0-for-19 slump. ... The game was played before a crowd of 44,223 -- the Angels' 18th sellout in 42 home dates this season. All three games of this series were sellouts.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|Kenny Lofton, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|Nomar Garciaparra, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2|
|Andre Ethier, LF||4||0||0||0||0||4||1|
|Ramon Martinez, 2B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|Russell Martin, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2|
|Cesar Izturis, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|2B - Nomar Garciaparra (, Rodriguez), J.D. Drew (, Lackey)|
|SB - Kenny Lofton (, 2nd base off Lackey/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Furcal-Garciaparra|
|E - J.D. Drew (, Misplayed grounder), Rafael Furcal (, Wild throw)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Chad Billingsley (L,-)||6||4||4||2||4||3||1|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 91-54, Joe Beimel 16-9, Takashi Saito 20-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 10-5, Joe Beimel 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Joe Beimel 6, Takashi Saito 4|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||3||1||1||1||1||1||0|
|Garret Anderson, LF||3||1||2||0||1||1||3|
|Mike Napoli, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Juan Rivera, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||3|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (, Billingsley), Garret Anderson (, Billingsley), Kendry Morales (, Saito)|
|HR - Vladimir Guerrero (, Billingsley)|
|SH - Maicer Izturis ()|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero ()|
|SB - Orlando Cabrera (, off Billingsley/Martin)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|John Lackey (W,-)||6.2||4||0||0||1||10||0|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 108-70, Scot Shields 13-11, Francisco Rodriguez 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 2-8, Scot Shields 1-1|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 25, Scot Shields 4, Francisco Rodriguez 4|
|Attendance - 44223|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Joe Brinkman, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|