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Angels best Dodgers 3-2 in first game of Freeway Series

Pujols hits go-ahead RBI single in ninth

Posted: June 11, 2012 11:19 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2012 11:19 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and teammates celebrate his solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols had a tiebreaking single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning off Kenley Jansen, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night.

The Angels rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. Mike 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' broken-bat hit.

Jason Isringhausen (2-0), one of four Angels relievers, got one out for the win. 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 for their first title.

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 over 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 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 of the inning 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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