Brown, 10-1 with a major league-leading 1.97 ERA, has won nine straight decisions, with his last loss coming in a 5-1 setback to San Francisco on April 18. Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay with also be bidding for his 11th win Sunday against Montreal.
The 38-year-old right-hander, making a strong comeback after two injury-plagued campaigns, hopes to bounce back from a mild groin strain, suffered in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the Giants.
Brown threw 79 pitches before coming out, allowing one run and seven hits over six innings.
Beltre’s homer was his first since April 30, and helped Los Angeles stay in a tie with San Francisco atop the NL West.
“It felt great. I haven’t had that feeling for almost two months,” Beltre said. “I’m just happy to be swinging the bat better. It’s frustrating when you take such a long time to hit one.
Anaheim has dropped seven of nine, scoring over three runs just twice in the stretch.
“We had some chances, like when Garret (Anderson) led off the second with a double and we didn’t get him around,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “We haven’t been executing offensively the way we know we can.”
The Angels are two games below .500 for the first time since May 30. STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 13 1/2 GB, AL West. Dodgers - 1st place (tied), NL West.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Appier (4-4, 5.05 ERA). The veteran righty is 0-2 over his last three starts, and is coming off an 8-4 loss to Seattle on Tuesday. Appier surrendered six runs and five hits, including three home runs, in five innings. In three career starts against the Dodgers, Appier is 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Brown (10-1, 1.97 ERA). In 20 career games against Anaheim, including 19 starts, Brown is 9-8 with a 3.75 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Anderson, .315 avg., 17 HRs and 64 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 44 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs. Dodgers - Paul LoDuca, .325 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs; Shawn Green, 37 RBIs and 33 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Angels - 7-7. Dodgers - 11-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - OFs Erstad and Anderson are the all-time hit leaders in interleague play. Erstad has 155 hits. Anderson, who had one hit Saturday, has 143. …. 3B Glaus missed Saturday’s game with back spasms. … Nursing a sore hamstring, OF Darin Erstad didn’t start Saturday, but did pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He’s questionable for Sunday. Dodgers - Los Angeles has held opponents to three or fewer runs in the last 10 games. … RHP Eric Gagne has converted 37 saves in a row dating to last year. He leads the league with 29 this season. … 2B Alex Cora is in a 1-for-13 slide.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 17-22 on the road; Dodgers - 24-15 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - 3B Glaus (back spasms), day-to-day; OF Erstad (hamstring); day-to-day; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Dodgers - 1B McGriff (groin), day-to-day; C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.