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|L.A. Dodgers (29-14)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||10||0|
LOS ANGELES -- In a game of squandered opportunities, Chone Figgins was the big hitter.
Figgins hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning and saved two runs with a sparkling play at third base, leading the Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in their first interleague meeting this season.
Little ball was a big problem for the Halos, who were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 altogether. Even advancing runners was a chore at times. Erick Aybar was retired twice on attempted sacrifice bunts that were caught on the fly.
"On the offensive end, that was probably our worst game all year for execution," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't get bunts down and we didn't hit with guys in scoring position. So in that respect, we were kind of fortunate."
Kendry Morales and Gary Matthews Jr. opened the eighth with singles against Cory Wade (0-3). Howie Kendrick tried to bunt the runners over, but Wade got the force at third. The right-hander then walked pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis and Figgins followed with his clutch hit to right field.
Darren Oliver (1-0) allowed one hit over 1 1/3 innings, stranding runners at third base in the sixth and seventh. Jose Arredondo pitched a perfect eighth and Brian Fuentes had a 1-2-3 ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.
The Dodgers, who came in with an NL-leading 232 runs scored, stranded a runner at third base in five of the first seven innings and were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
"There were missed opportunities on both sides. Unfortunately, they broke through and we didn't," manager Joe Torre said. "We're been scuffling offensively. And the longer it goes, the worse it gets because everybody puts pressure on themselves, and each guy is probably trying to do more than they're capable of doing."
The defending NL West champs are a major league-worst 20-44 in interleague play since the start of the 2005 season.
The Angels opened the scoring in the fourth when Torii Hunter doubled and scored from third on a two-out infield single by Matthews.
The Dodgers tied it in the bottom half on James Loney's RBI single, but Casey Blake was robbed of a potential two-run double later that inning when Figgins made a diving stop of his grounder behind the bag and stepped on third for the force on Loney.
"I'm excited to have that guy over there," Hunter said. "He's such an athlete, he can play anywhere. And to make a play like that, you have to be an athlete."
Hunter, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, made a nice running catch of Russell Martin's extra-base bid in left-center with runners at second and third in he first. In the sixth, he made a leaping catch of Blake's drive about a foot below the top of the fence.
Hunter extended his errorless streak to 200 games dating back to his last miscue on Aug. 31, 2007. It's the longest current streak among outfielders.
"Defense is kind of a lost art in the game," Hunter said. "But I'm not really thinking about an errorless streak or anything like that. I just try to play the best defense I can. And if you make errors, you can't help the team win. I didn't get any RBIs tonight, but I saved some with the glove, so that's good."
Clayton Kershaw, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start, allowed a run and four hits over five innings against the Angels.
Facing the Halos for the first time, the 21-year-old left-hander walked three batters during a 36-pitch first inning and escaped the jam unscathed when Morales grounded into a forceout.
Jered Weaver, coming off a complete-game loss at Texas last Saturday, allowed a run and eight hits over five innings. Bobby Abreu batted for Weaver with two outs in the sixth and flied out with runners at second and third.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||4||0||3||2||1||1||0||.291|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.286|
|Juan Rivera, LF||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.268|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.305|
|Mike Napoli, C||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.297|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.280|
|Gary Matthews Jr., RF||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.290|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.241|
|Jered Weaver, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a- Bobby Abreu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.298|
|Justin Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Darren Oliver, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Maicer Izturis, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.272|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Jer. Weaver in the 6th|
|b-walked for Oliver in the 8th|
|2B - Chone Figgins (6, Kershaw), Torii Hunter (11, Kershaw), Kendry Morales (12, Troncoso)|
|3B - Chone Figgins (2, Leach)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (11), Gary Matthews Jr. (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. (10)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (19, 2nd base off Kershaw/Martin)|
|PK - Chone Figgins (1, Kershaw)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Morales|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Darren Oliver (W,1-0)||1.1||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.37|
|Jose Arredondo (H,12)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.58|
|Brian Fuentes (S,12)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.02|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 101-62, Justin Speier 11-7, Darren Oliver 28-16, Jose Arredondo 11-9, Brian Fuentes 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 8-2, Darren Oliver 3-0, Jose Arredondo 1-0, Brian Fuentes 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 24, Justin Speier 3, Darren Oliver 6, Jose Arredondo 3, Brian Fuentes 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Juan Pierre, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.404|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.246|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.343|
|Andre Ethier, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.250|
|Russell Martin, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||7||.263|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||5||.280|
|Matt Kemp, CF||3||0||2||0||1||1||0||.288|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.278|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.125|
|Ramon Troncoso, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jamie Hoffmann, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Brent Leach, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mark Loretta, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.341|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Troncoso in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Wade in the 8th|
|2B - Rafael Furcal 2 (8, Jer. Weaver, Oliver), Russell Martin (7, Jer. Weaver)|
|SH - Orlando Hudson (1)|
|RBI - James Loney (29)|
|SB - Matt Kemp (9, 2nd base off Speier/Napoli)|
|CS - Juan Pierre (4, 2nd base by Jer. Weaver/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Hudson-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Cory Wade (L,0-3)||1||3||2||2||1||0||0||5.14|
|IBB - Hunter by Ronald Belisario|
|WP - Ramon Troncoso (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 97-56, Ramon Troncoso 23-11, Brent Leach 9-6, Ronald Belisario 9-3, Cory Wade 20-10, Guillermo Mota 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-6, Ramon Troncoso 1-1, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Cory Wade 2-0, Guillermo Mota 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 22, Ramon Troncoso 5, Brent Leach 2, Ronald Belisario 3, Cory Wade 6, Guillermo Mota 3|
|Attendance - 55053|
|Game Time - 3:33|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Eric Cooper|