Fresh off strengthening their grip on first place in the AL West, the Angels will look to secure Los Angeles bragging rights when they play the opener of their second Freeway Series with the Dodgers.
The Angels were guarding a 1 1/2 -game lead over second-place Texas before sweeping three straight from the Rangers, including Wednesday’s 6-0 victory behind seven strong innings from Jarrod Washburn.
“It’s not about getting in anybody’s heads, or thinking you have anybody’s number,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “This season wasn’t going to be made or broke on this series.
“We’re fortunate that we played well these three games, but that’s a terrific club over there and they’re going to be there all the way through. So there’s a huge challenge ahead of us.”
The Angels took two of three from the rival Dodgers at Chavez Ravine from May 20-22. The Dodgers avoided a sweep with a 6-2 win in the finale, but the Angels still lead the all-time series 25-22.
The Dodgers have won two straight since opening a season-high 13-game road trip with eight straight losses. Los Angeles had to come from behind in Thursday’s 4-3 victory over San Diego.
After rallying for three runs in the eighth, the Dodgers went ahead on Jeff Kent’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th.
Kent also singled home a pair of runs in the eighth for the Dodgers, who haven’t won three in a row since June 4-6.
The Dodgers are 10-12 all-time in Anaheim, but did take two of three from the Angels on the road last season.