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Angels top Dodgers on Pujols' clutch hit

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LOS ANGELES -- Albert Pujols made the best of a bad pitch.

Pujols muscled a broken-bat single into left field with two outs in the top of the ninth inning off Kenley Jansen, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to 3-2 victory against the Dodgers on Monday night.

The Angels had Mike Trout on second base representing the go-ahead run with Pujols at the plate and first base open, but the Dodgers decided against walking him and pitching to cleanup hitter Mark Trumbo.

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"I never think like that," Pujols said when asked if he was surprised the Dodgers didn't walk him. "I go up with the mind that they're going to pitch to me and I look for a good pitch to hit. He pitched me tough; the pitch was not a good pitch to hit."

The Angels rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. Trout homered in the fourth inning off Dodgers starter Chris Capuano and added an RBI single in the sixth to tie it. He then scored the go-ahead run from second base on Pujols' hit in the ninth.

Jason Isringhausen (2-0), one of four Angels relievers, got one out for the victory. Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Jansen (4-1) pitched one inning for the Dodgers.

The attendance was announced at 50,559 at Dodger Stadium, but it appeared many fans stayed home to watch the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final for their first title.

Trout began the rally in the ninth with a one-out walk and stole second easily, but Torii Hunter struck out. With Pujols due up, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and the Dodgers infield joined Jansen on the mound.

"It's not a great choice either way," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the option of pitching to Pujols or Trumbo. "It's a situation where you pick your poison. We feel like Kenley can go after anyone."

Trumbo is hitting .325 with a team-leading 14 home runs and 39 RBI, so the Dodgers decided to pitch to Pujols.

"If we want to be a good team, we want to go deep with our lineup," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The way Mark's swinging the bat, it's going to give Albert more looks. We've got to keep that going."

The Angels moved within 2½ games of Texas in the American League West, the closest they've been since April 12. The Dodgers' lead in the National League West was reduced to 4½ games on San Francisco.

Dee Gordon had two hits and a stolen base, and A.J. Ellis walked four times for the Dodgers.

Capuano gave up two runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, missing a chance to join the Cardinals' Lance Lynn and the Mets' R.A. Dickey with a major league-leading nine wins.

Angels starter Garrett Richards was coming off his first career major league victory last Tuesday against Seattle, but struggled to throw strikes. He walked five in five innings, but gave up only two runs -- one earned -- and five hits to keep the Angels close.

The Angels missed several chances to score off Capuano early, stranding seven baserunners in the first three innings. They had five hits and three walks through three innings, but were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and trailed, 2-0.

The Angels finally broke through against Capuano in the fourth inning on Trout's home run, cutting the Dodgers' lead to 2-1, but missed a chance for more. Just before Trout hit Capuano's 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats, Richards was picked off first base by Capuano.

Trout's RBI single on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth tied the game at 2.

"I just tried to shorten up my swing," said Trout, who raised his average to .354. "It's that two-strike approach; you're in battle-mode. Sometimes is helps me. With no strikes I know I start to get big (with his swing)."

The Dodgers also missed scoring opportunities, particularly in the fifth inning when Bobby Abreu's grounder hit Gordon, who was attempting to steal third on the pitch, and he was automatically out, ending the inning.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first, getting plenty of help from the Angels in the process. Richards walked two batters and had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at second base.

Trout was unable to pick up Richards' throw cleanly in center field for another error, allowing Elian Herrera to score from second base with the second run of the inning.

Andre Ethier drove in the first run with a groundout, scoring Gordon from third.

Notes

Angels outfielders Torii Hunter and Trout were named the American League co-players of the week for the week ending Sunday. Hunter hit .500 (11 for 22) with four homers, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored, and Trout hit .520 (13 for 25) with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases.. Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) took batting practice before Monday's game but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said there is no timetable for Kemp's return.. Angels pitcher Jered Weaver (back) threw off the slope of the mound Monday and could progress to a full bullpen workout in a couple days. If there are no setbacks, Weaver could return to the active roster sometime next week.. The Dodgers will give away Mike Scioscia bobblehead dolls to fans who attend Tuesday's game between the Dodgers and Angels. Scioscia, in his 13th season as the Angels manager, played 13 seasons for the Dodgers.. Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe (wrist) was activated from the disabled list Monday.

 
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Albert Pujols' ninth-inning single gives the Angels their 10th consecutive road victory -- one shy of the franchise record.  (AP)
Albert Pujols' ninth-inning single gives the Angels their 10th consecutive road victory -- one shy of the franchise record. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

D. Gordon
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF-LF4222112 .354
Torii Hunter, RF5020022 .276
Albert Pujols, 1B4021101 .260
Mark Trumbo, LF4010112 .325
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Howard Kendrick, 2B3000102 .263
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3000100 .242
Erick Aybar, SS4120013 .225
John Hester, C3010101 .282
Garrett Richards, P2000013 .000
   a- Kendrys Morales, PH1000001 .292
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   b- Maicer Izturis, PH1000000 .226
    Peter Bourjos, CF0000000 .216
Totals34310366  
a-fouled out for Richards in the 6th
b-grounded out for Isringhausen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (5, Capuano), Erick Aybar (11, Capuano)
HR - Mike Trout (6, Capuano)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (26), Albert Pujols (37)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Trout 2 (12), Albert Pujols (11)
SB - Mike Trout 2 (15, 3rd base off Lindblom/Ellis, 2nd base off Jansen/Ellis), Albert Pujols (4, 2nd base off Jansen/Ellis)
PK - Garrett Richards (1, Capuano)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Pujols, Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols
E - Garrett Richards (1, Throwing), Mike Trout (2, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garrett Richards 5521540 1.38
LaTroy Hawkins 1000100 0.87
Hisanori Takahashi 1.2100030 4.50
Jason Isringhausen (W,2-0) 0.1000000 1.96
Ernesto Frieri (S,5) 1000100 0.93
HBP - Uribe (by Ernesto Frieri)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 102-56, LaTroy Hawkins 20-10, Hisanori Takahashi 30-19, Jason Isringhausen 5-3, Ernesto Frieri 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 3-5, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Hisanori Takahashi 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 22, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Hisanori Takahashi 6, Jason Isringhausen 1, Ernesto Frieri 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS4120102 .234
Elian Herrera, 3B2110101 .300
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Ivan De Jesus Jr., PH1010000 .308
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Andre Ethier, RF4001034 .287
Bobby Abreu, LF3010124 .301
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000003 .343
James Loney, 1B4010001 .255
A.J. Ellis, C0000400 .306
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000012 .272
   b- Juan Rivera, PH1000001 .235
Chris Capuano, P2000010 .095
    Adam Kennedy, 3B1000000 .233
   c- Juan Uribe, PH0000000 .250
Totals2926177  
a-singled for Belisario in the 8th
b-popped out for Gwynn in the 9th
c-hit by pitch for Kennedy in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dee Gordon (7, Richards), Elian Herrera (7, Richards)
RBI - Andre Ethier (53)
SB - Dee Gordon (17, 2nd base off Richards/Hester), Ivan De Jesus Jr. (1, 2nd base off Isringhausen/Hester)
PK - A.J. Ellis (1, Hawkins)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Hairston-Loney, Hairston-Gordon-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 5822421 2.87
Josh Lindblom (BS,2) 2100110 2.25
Ronald Belisario 1000010 1.04
Kenley Jansen (L,4-1) 1111120 2.43
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 84-51, Josh Lindblom 33-21, Ronald Belisario 17-11, Kenley Jansen 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 7-4, Josh Lindblom 1-3, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Kenley Jansen 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 25, Josh Lindblom 7, Ronald Belisario 3, Kenley Jansen 5
Game Information
Attendance - 50559
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West