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Napoli homers, scores go-ahead run for streaking Angels in win

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels are on a roll because they are back to doing the things that have made them one of baseball's most successful teams since Mike Scioscia became manager.

Mike Napoli homered and scored the go-ahead run on a double play, Robb Quinlan drove in two more with a bloop double and the Angels ran the Dodgers ragged Saturday night in a 6-2 victory -- their second straight in the Freeway Series.

"We just keep getting 'em on base and getting some clutch hits," Scioscia said. "There's much more chemistry going on now offensively than at any time in the year, and our whole team offense is playing at a higher level."

The Angels have won nine of their last 11 to move a season-high eight games over .500. They have beaten the Dodgers in 13 of the last 16 meetings at Angel Stadium, including Friday night's 9-1 rout.

Jered Weaver (3-3) pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits, including a solo homer by Jeff Kent. It was the right-hander's first regular-season start against the Dodgers, and his first outing during interleague play. He struck out six and walked two.

"It's just another team I haven't faced before, but it was a little bit different tonight just because I grew up a Dodger fan. So throwing against them was something special," said Weaver, who was born in Northridge, Calif., and pitched for Long Beach State. "Before the game, it was kind of weird for me. But once you get between the lines, you never really think about anything except attacking the zone."

Kent's first impression of former teammate Jeff Weaver's younger brother was nothing but complimentary.

"As awkward of a windup as he has, you'd think he'd be all over the place. But he wasn't," Kent said. "I'm impressed. He had decent velocity on his fastball at times when he wanted it. This kid was just throwing the ball, going right after guys and being aggressive."

Mark Hendrickson (2-1) allowed six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks. The left-hander is 5-4 with a 4.07 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels, including stints with Toronto and Tampa Bay.

The NL West-leading Dodgers tied it at 2 in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Andre Ethier.

But the AL West-leading Angels regained the lead in the fifth when Napoli scored on a double-play grounder by Chone Figgins. The key to the inning was a perfectly executed hit-and-run single by Erick Aybar that forced Kent to cover second base for a possible throw and vacate his regular spot.

"It's hard to defend against them," Kent said. "They get a little chink hit here, a little chink hit there, they move the runner, then they get a hard-hit base hit. They don't slow down. They don't strike out much."

The Angels broke it open in the sixth with three runs to take a 6-2 lead. Vladimir Guerrero singled, Gary Matthews Jr. doubled him to third and both scored when Quinlan lifted a flyball to short left field that parachuted over shortstop Rafael Furcal. Quinlan hustled into second base without a throw and Shea Hillenbrand drove him in with a single.

The Angels, who are 17-3 when they score in the first inning, got an unearned run in the first when Kent committed a throwing error to first base trying to complete a double play on Guerrero's grounder to third. Reggie Willits, who has hit safely in 23 of his last 25 games, scored from second base on the play after singling and stealing second.

Kent, a longtime critic of interleague play, got the run right back with a leadoff homer in the second inning on a 2-0 pitch. But Napoli put the Angels back in front in the bottom half, hitting his third homer into the left-field bullpen.

Scioscia, who broke Bill Rigney's record for victories by an Angels manager on May 4, was honored with a pregame video tribute complete with highlights from his playing career with the Dodgers and accompanied by Frank Sinatra's recording of My Way.

"That was a nice surprise," said Scioscia, who has caught more games for the Dodgers than anyone in their 118-year history. "The video started, and a guy came on that I don't really recognize. He's long gone. I was turning about four shades of red."

Notes

  • Dodgers C Russell Martin was 0-for-4 in his second career game as a DH. He also was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in that role during a 6-3 loss at Minnesota last June 28.
  • Figgins was 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 22 at-bats, dropping his average to .108.
  • The Angels may be leading their division, but the Rally Monkey can't take much credit. The team has only four come-from-behind wins all season, and is 0-13 when trailing after seven innings.
 
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Jered Weaver allows two runs in 6 2/3 innings to help the Halos take another one from the Dodgers.   (AP)
Jered Weaver allows two runs in 6 2/3 innings to help the Halos take another one from the Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 6
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5010003 .298
Juan Pierre, CF4010011 .277
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4010011 .290
Jeff Kent, 2B4111003 .285
Luis Gonzalez, LF3100101 .261
Russell Martin, DH4000001 .317
Wilson Betemit, 3B3000121 .187
Andre Ethier, RF4021021 .281
Mike Lieberthal, C3010111 .217
Totals3427237  
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (5, Shields), Mike Lieberthal (1, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Jeff Kent (6, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Jeff Kent (22), Andre Ethier (22)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (11)
SB - Luis Gonzalez (2, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra, Furcal-Kent-Garciaparra
E - Jeff Kent (8, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mark Hendrickson (L,2-1) 6.2965231 3.22
Chin-Hui Tsao 0.1000100 3.00
Chad Billingsley 1100000 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 78-55, Chin-Hui Tsao 13-8, Chad Billingsley 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 11-4, Chad Billingsley 3-0
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 29, Chin-Hui Tsao 2, Chad Billingsley 4
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, LF4110010 .366
Orlando Cabrera, SS3020100 .298
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3110101 .340
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4110003 .295
Robb Quinlan, 1B3112000 .245
    Casey Kotchman, 1B1000000 .260
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4011000 .237
Mike Napoli, C3221111 .239
Erick Aybar, 2B4010002 .262
Chone Figgins, 3B3000010 .108
Totals32610433  
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (8, Hendrickson), Robb Quinlan (5, Hendrickson)
HR - Mike Napoli (3, Hendrickson)
RBI - Robb Quinlan 2 (8), Shea Hillenbrand (13), Mike Napoli (8)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (2)
SB - Reggie Willits (10, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Lieberthal), Orlando Cabrera (5, 2nd base off Tsao/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,3-3) 6.2522261 3.46
Scot Shields 1.1100000 3.09
Francisco Rodriguez 1100110 2.33
WP - Jered Weaver (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 106-67, Scot Shields 11-8, Francisco Rodriguez 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 2-12, Scot Shields 2-2, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Scot Shields 5, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44380
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Ron Kulpa