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Dodgers rally, end Angels' winning streak at eight

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LOS ANGELES -- Comeback victories haven't come easily to the Dodgers, who had dropped four one-run games in a row.

They staged their biggest rally of the season Monday night, overcoming a five-run deficit to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-7 in the Freeway Series opener.

"It can definitely be a momentum builder, but you can't have momentum unless you come out tomorrow and play hard," said Adrian Gonzalez, who had a season-high four hits and tied his career high with four runs scored.

Jerry Hairston Jr.'s RBI single scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to help the Dodgers snap the Angels' season-high eight-game winning streak in the first of two games at Dodger Stadium before the series shifts to Anaheim for two more.

"It seemed like all over the place guys were getting big hits," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Scott Van Slyke went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Juan Uribe finished 3 for 3 after entering as a pinch hitter in the fifth.

Gonzalez continued his tear with his third multihit game in a row. He is 9 for 11 with six runs, three doubles and seven RBI since Saturday.

The Dodgers probably wish Gonzalez's hitting could rub off on slugger Matt Kemp, who continued struggling a day after he was left out of the starting lineup in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis. He was booed heavily as he went hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts.

"When things aren't going your way you try harder," Gonzalez said. "He's trying too hard for the team and the fans."

Hairston was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. He was 0 for 2 with a strikeout before he singled off Robert Coello (1-1) with two outs. After Kemp struck out for the third time, Gonzalez singled and Van Slyke struck out before pinch-hitter Andre Ethier walked to set up Hairston.

Ronald Belisario (3-4) faced one batter in the seventh and got an inning-ending, double-play grounder from Hank Conger to earn the victory.

Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Trailing 8-7, the Angels had the potential tying run at first base with two outs in the eighth. Mike Trout flied out to right field and Erick Aybar raced back to first. Gonzalez caught Ethier's throw wide of the bag and lunged to tag Aybar as he ran past, doubling him off first.

Aybar slammed his helmet into the dirt after first base umpire Paul Emmel signaled out, believing Gonzalez had missed the tag. Aybar and first base coach Alfredo Griffin began arguing with Emmel as Angels manager Mike Scioscia rushed out to join them.

Scioscia pushed Aybar out of the way and engaged in an animated debate with Emmel. Scioscia retreated to the dugout, and the replay was inconclusive.

"From our angle -- and we had a pretty good angle on it -- it looked like there was a lot of daylight," Scioscia said. "Erick got a great jump, but the timing wasn't right where he could peek to see where the ball was hit. He made too big of a turn, but he got back to first base. Unfortunately, he didn't get the call."

The Angels tied the game 7-all in the seventh on Howie Kendrick's RBI single.

Van Slyke's tying RBI double capped a four-run fifth for the Dodgers before A.J. Ellis' sacrifice fly put them ahead 7-6 in the sixth.

The Angels took a 6-1 lead with three runs in the fourth on Aybar's RBI double, Trout's RBI triple into the left-field corner and Albert Pujols' sacrifice fly to deep center.

"We're swinging the bats well, but if I had to point out one thing about the streak, it had to be the starting pitching," Trout said. "I think the ERA was like under 2.00. But they came out swinging the bats. They kept battling and putting great at-bats together."

The anticipated pitching duel between Angels lefty C.J. Wilson and Zack Greinke against his old team for the first time fizzled, with neither figuring in the decision.

Wilson gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked none.

"I just made bad pitches," he said. "I was trying to make a good pitch and I made a hitter's pitch instead of a pitcher's pitch. It's unfortunate because the offense obviously supported the pitching. I just let them down."

Greinke allowed six runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He struck out two and walked one. Considered the top arm on the free-agent market last winter, the right-hander signed a $147 million, six-year deal to switch Los Angeles teams.

"I made some mistakes, obviously, but overall I did about as well as I could," he said. "It felt like I was going to get them out and they were hitting the ball hard."

Notes

  • The Dodgers improved to 5-6 in one-run games this season.
  • Kendrick notched his 400th career RBI with a run-scoring double in the third.
  • The clubs combined for 11 doubles (six by the Dodgers), a Dodger Stadium record.
  • The Angels fell to 20-31 on Memorial Day.
  • The Angels are 13-6 in the past 19 games against the Dodgers and 9-4 in the past 13 in Los Angeles.
  • The Dodgers optioned SS Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. He batted .175 with five steals, a home run and eight RBI in 19 games with the Dodgers.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez slides home with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Gonzalez winds up 4 for 4 with four runs scored.  (USATSI)
Adrian Gonzalez slides home with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Gonzalez winds up 4 for 4 with four runs scored. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 4
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

H. Kendrick
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS5121001 .263
Mike Trout, CF5221014 .304
Albert Pujols, 1B4231000 .254
    Chris Nelson, PR0000000 .233
Mark Trumbo, LF5010023 .274
Josh Hamilton, RF5110003 .222
Howie Kendrick, 2B4032001 .305
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2010201 .277
Hank Conger, C4110013 .258
    Robert Coello, P0000000 .000
C.J. Wilson, P1000011 .000
    Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
    Dane De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Chris Iannetta, C1000000 .207
Totals36714525  
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar (10, Greinke), Albert Pujols 2 (11, Greinke, Greinke), Josh Hamilton (7, Guerra), Howie Kendrick (7, Greinke)
3B - Mike Trout (6, Greinke)
SF - Albert Pujols (5)
SH - C.J. Wilson 2 (2)
RBI - Erick Aybar (10), Mike Trout (37), Albert Pujols (31), Howie Kendrick 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (9)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson 4.2966040 3.95
Michael Kohn 0.2111110 2.70
Dane De La Rosa 0.2000000 4.38
Robert Coello (L,1-1) 2311140 0.87
WP - C.J. Wilson (5)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 92-60, Michael Kohn 21-9, Dane De La Rosa 3-3, Robert Coello 45-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 3-7, Robert Coello 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 23, Michael Kohn 4, Dane De La Rosa 2, Robert Coello 10
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Punto, SS3100012 .327
    A.J. Ellis, C0001000 .259
Mark Ellis, 2B5112003 .291
Matt Kemp, CF5000043 .253
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4441000 .337
Scott Van Slyke, RF-LF4022012 .296
Ramon Hernandez, C2001012 .111
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-RF0000100 .253
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF4011011 .255
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Luis Cruz, 3B-SS3210113 .105
Zack Greinke, P1010000 .500
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Uribe, PH-3B3030000 .278
Totals34813829  
a-walked for Belisario in the 7th
b-singled for Guerrier in the 5th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (4, Wilson), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (11, Wilson, Wilson), Scott Van Slyke 2 (4, Wilson, Wilson), Juan Uribe (4, Kohn)
SF - A.J. Ellis (1), Ramon Hernandez (1)
SH - A.J. Ellis (3)
RBI - A.J. Ellis (11), Mark Ellis 2 (14), Adrian Gonzalez (37), Scott Van Slyke 2 (8), Ramon Hernandez (3), Jerry Hairston Jr. (6)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (15), Scott Van Slyke (3), Jerry Hairston Jr. (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1, Scott Van Slyke 1
DP - Ellis-Punto-Gonzalez, Belisario-L. Cruz-Gonzalez, Ethier-Gonzalez, L. Cruz-Ellis-Gonzalez
PB - Ramon Hernandez (2)
E - Luis Cruz (3, Throwing), Adrian Gonzalez (6, Misplayed grounder), Ramon Hernandez (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 41064120 4.38
Matt Guerrier 1000010 3.54
Javy Guerra 1.1211120 6.30
Ronald Belisario (W,3-4) 0.2000000 3.33
Kenley Jansen (H,11) 1100000 3.28
Brandon League (S,11) 1100000 4.66
WP - Zack Greinke (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 72-46, Matt Guerrier 9-6, Javy Guerra 32-17, Ronald Belisario 6-4, Kenley Jansen 17-12, Brandon League 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-5, Matt Guerrier 1-0, Javy Guerra 1-1, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, Matt Guerrier 2, Javy Guerra 7, Ronald Belisario 1, Kenley Jansen 3, Brandon League 3
Game Information
Attendance - 49953
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman