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Five-run fourth helps Dodgers dash Angels' hopes of season sweep

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Dodgers pulled the plug on the Angels hopes for a six-game season sweep after Jonathan Broxton short-circuited their two-run rally in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers had to wait an extra 18 minutes to complete their 10-6 victory against their freeway rivals on Thursday night, after a bank of lights overlooking right field went out in the seventh inning. Manny Ramirez hit a pair of RBI singles as a designated hitter, and the Dodgers scored five runs in the fourth despite another mental mistake on the bases.

"I don't think I've seen that since I was in the minor leagues, with the lights cutting off. It kind of kills your rhythm -- on both sides," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. "We get spoiled here in the major leagues because of the bright lights, but I think this was better than in the minor leagues."

The delay occurred moments after the Dodgers increased their lead to 8-4 on a one-out RBI single by Casey Blake. Managers Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia agreed that the game should resume, even though stadium workers were still trying to fix the balky lights -- which never did come back on.

"It was just a matter of 'Let's just go ahead and play, anyway,' " Torre said. "Mike said: 'Hell, that's the way we played in the minor leagues.'

"We were in the dugout and it seemed darker. But when you're out in the middle of the field, it was OK. It didn't appear dangerous to me, and that's the only concern I would have had. But it wasn't dark. If the umpires had an objection from either one of us, they would have waited and waited. And if we had to suspended it, we would have done that."

The difference was hardly noticeable. Dodgers hitters could see the ball just fine when play continued, getting two runs on four hits in the eighth against reliever Trevor Bell. Angels left fielder Reggie Willits made a diving catch of Andre Ethier's sinking liner without having to worry about losing the ball in the lights.

"It wasn't too bad up there at the plate," Dodgers left fielder Reed Johnson said. "You could see the ball fine and you could see the spin on the slider. So even with that bank of lights out, it was OK. I was glad they continued it."

Dodgers knuckleballer Charlie Haeger was charged with four runs, five hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in his return from the disabled list after being sidelined because of a sprained big toe. The right-hander struck out his first two batters in the fifth with a 6-2 lead, putting him one out from the required number of innings for a victory.

But Haeger gave up a single to Kevin Frandsen and walked Bobby Abreu with his 102nd pitch before he was pulled by manager Joe Torre. Ramon Troncoso then gave up RBI singles to Hunter and Hideki Matsui before Mike Napoli grounded into a force play.

"I had just made up my mind that in the fifth inning, we could stretch out our bullpen a little bit," Torre said. "But I certainly didn't want him going into the middle of that lineup. That was the big thing."

Jeff Weaver (4-1) faced only three batters, but got credit for the victory after a baserunning snafu killed an Angels rally in the seventh with runners at the corners and two outs. Willits was erased in a rundown between third and home, after Weaver spotted Brandon Wood breaking for second on an attempted steal and tossed the ball to second baseman Jamey Carroll.

The Angels scored two runs in the ninth against Justin Miller, but catcher Russell Martin threw out Abreu at third when he tried to advance on a pitch in the dirt by Broxton, who got the final three outs.

Scott Kazmir (7-6) threw 93 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, six hits and three walks. The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second when he got Johnson to chase a third strike in the dirt, but the Dodgers loaded the bases again in the fourth and grabbed a 5-1 lead.

Johnson drove in the first run with an infield hit. Rafael Furcal lined the next pitch into the left-field corner for a two-run double and Carroll followed with an RBI single. Ethier then hit a comebacker that handcuffed Kazmir, whose throw to second was too late to get the force on Carroll.

Umpire Bill Welke made an emphatic "safe" call with both arms extended. But for some inexplicable reason, Carroll casually walked off the bag toward the first-base dugout before realizing he was indeed safe -- and was tagged out by Wood as he scampered back.

"Jamie thought he was out," Torre said. "He was sliding to try to break up the double play and he just didn't hear the umpire."

The Angels ran themselves into a couple of outs in the first after Abreu gave them the lead with an RBI single. Martin threw out Abreu trying to steal second, then nabbed Hunter at third despite a great jump against Haeger.

"I think it more because of everything that was going on -- the energy, the hype, the loud fans," Hunter said. "Everyone wanted to take that extra base and probably tried to do a little bit too much -- on both sides. It's adrenaline, man. That's what happens when you play the Dodgers."

Note

  • The Dodgers will play host to the Yankees on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series that will complete their interleague schedule. Torre, who guided the Yanks to six pennants and four World Series titles during his 12 seasons in the Bronx, said he will take the lineup card to home plate himself for the series opener. "It's going to be crazy, but that's fine," Torre said. "I'm looking forward to seeing some people tomorrow. I will have the memories that were made for me there forever. The weird part for me is that I'm going to be in that other dugout, pulling against people I've never pulled against before. But the competitiveness is going to come out, and I probably won't think about it as much then as I am now."
 
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The Dodgers dugout is a happy place again. Manny Ramirez supplies two RBI singles to a 15-hit attack.  (AP)
The Dodgers dugout is a happy place again. Manny Ramirez supplies two RBI singles to a 15-hit attack. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

B. Abreu
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS6122000 .299
Jamey Carroll, 2B6131011 .293
Andre Ethier, RF5111002 .322
Manny Ramirez, DH4222112 .304
Matt Kemp, CF5120032 .260
James Loney, 1B3211101 .297
Casey Blake, 3B5031003 .267
Russell Martin, C2101212 .248
Reed Johnson, LF5111015 .291
Totals4110151047  
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (10, Kazmir), Andre Ethier (19, Fr. Rodriguez), Casey Blake (14, Kazmir)
SF - Russell Martin (2)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 2 (20), Jamey Carroll (11), Andre Ethier (45), Manny Ramirez 2 (36), James Loney (47), Casey Blake (29), Russell Martin (17), Reed Johnson (7)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (11), James Loney (21)
CS - Casey Blake (2, 2nd base by Shields/Mathis)
Team LOB - 10
Los Angeles Dodgers
Charlie Haeger 4.2544441 8.40
Ramon Troncoso 0.2200110 5.51
Jeff Weaver (H,4; W,4-1) 1100000 3.27
Hong-Chih Kuo 0.2000110 1.25
Justin Miller 1322020 3.77
George Sherrill0100000 6.62
Jonathan Broxton 1000020 0.86
WP - Charlie Haeger (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Haeger 101-56, Ramon Troncoso 19-10, Jeff Weaver 14-11, Hong-Chih Kuo 15-7, Justin Miller 18-15, George Sherrill 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Haeger 5-3, Ramon Troncoso 1-0, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-0
Batters Faced - Charlie Haeger 21, Ramon Troncoso 5, Jeff Weaver 3, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Justin Miller 6, George Sherrill 1, Jonathan Broxton 2
Los Angeles Angels
Howard Kendrick, 2B5220012 .282
Kevin Frandsen, 3B5221001 .354
Bobby Abreu, RF3122210 .272
Torii Hunter, CF4021112 .287
Hideki Matsui, DH4011111 .259
Mike Napoli, 1B4111013 .249
Jeff Mathis, C3000120 .275
Reggie Willits, LF3010102 .255
Brandon Wood, SS4010033 .176
Totals356126610  
Batting
2B - Kevin Frandsen (9, Miller), Torii Hunter (23, Haeger)
HR - Mike Napoli (12, Haeger)
RBI - Kevin Frandsen (9), Bobby Abreu 2 (39), Torii Hunter (52), Hideki Matsui (41), Mike Napoli (28)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (18), Hideki Matsui (19)
CS - Bobby Abreu (6, 2nd base by Haeger/Martin), Torii Hunter (8, 3rd base by Haeger/Martin), Reggie Willits (2, Home by Weaver/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Brandon Wood (8, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Scott Kazmir (L,7-6) 3.2655320 5.42
Scot Shields 2.1110020 5.19
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1322110 4.26
Trevor Bell 1.2422010 6.38
Sean O'Sullivan 1100010 2.08
IBB - Loney by Francisco Rodriguez
HBP - Loney (by Scott Kazmir)
WP - Francisco Rodriguez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 93-56, Scot Shields 30-21, Francisco Rodriguez 22-13, Trevor Bell 33-23, Sean O'Sullivan 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 4-5, Scot Shields 3-2, Trevor Bell 2-2
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 21, Scot Shields 8, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Trevor Bell 9, Sean O'Sullivan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44043
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Mike DiMuro