Angels defeat Dodgers again, 4-2 – LA Times

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By
Jim Peltz
Los Angeles Times

With
the Angels holding a two-run lead Saturday night, the Dodgers’ Andre
Ethier came to bat in the fifth inning with a chance to drive in a run
to get the Dodgers closer.

He lined the pitch directly at Angels
right fielder Bobby Abreu, the ball hit so hard that a dejected Ethier
stopped before reaching first base, having already been called out.

The
league’s leading hitter then got another chance in the seventh inning
when the Dodgers loaded the bases against reliever Kevin Jepsen. But
this time Ethier struck out, and soon the Dodgers ran out of chances.

The
result: The Angels held on for a 4-2 victory, their second consecutive
win in the three-game interleague Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium.

Juan
Rivera and Howie Kendrick led the Angels’ offense in a game where,
through the first five innings, Angels starter Scott Kazmir and Dodgers
rookie John Ely continued to be two pitchers slowly moving in opposite
directions.

After a sluggish early season that included a
strained hamstring, Kazmir has rebounded lately, while Ely, the
hyperactive 24-year-old who pitched remarkably well in his first few
starts, has been slipping.

At 26, Kazmir is only two years older
than Ely, but Kazmir