Dodgers 5, Angels 2

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles Dodgers knew what to expect from Anaheim’s Jarrod Washburn, so they were ready to pounce on his mistakes.

Shawn Green and Brian Jordan hit two of four solo homers off Washburn as Los Angeles beat the Angels 5-2 Friday night.

“We know he likes to come after guys,” Green said. “He throws a lot of fastballs in and out and up in the zone, throws strikes and doesn’t walk a lot of guys. Tonight we were fortunate to get some home runs.”

Ron Coomer and David Ross also homered, and Hideo Nomo pitched into the eighth inning as the Dodgers won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Coomer, whose homer was both his first for the Dodgers and first in more than a year, said Washburn “is very predictable, in the sense that he’s a very aggressive pitcher.”

“Tonight I’m sure he threw some pitches in spots that he didn’t want to,” he said.

Anaheim pitching coach Bud Black said that was Washburn’s problem.

“I thought his stuff was normal. He had velocity and life on the ball. It looked like the hitters were waiting for his fastball, and he didn’t get all of them where he wanted,” Black said.

Nomo (8-6) held the Angels to two runs, one earned, and seven hits— including Garret Anderson’s solo shot. The right-hander struck out six and walked two in 7 1-3 innings.

“Nomo’s been incredible the last two years,” Green said. “He’s been as much of an ace as you can ask for. And the way Brownie (Kevin Brown) is throwing, we have two of them.”

Washburn (6-8) gave up five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings and has allowed nine homers in his last three games. The ace of the staff with an 18-6 record last year, he has allowed 18 homers this year—one fewer than all of last season.

The defending World Series champion Angels lost for the sixth time in eight games to dip below .500 again at 35-36.

Eric Gagne pitched a hitless ninth for his major league-leading 28th save and 36th in a row dating to last year.

Anaheim’s Troy Glaus hurt his back and left the game in the eighth inning when a high, inside pitch from Paul Shuey sent him sprawling in the dirt.

“He had some back spasms, hopefully nothing significant enough to keep him out for an extended period,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll see tomorrow.”

After Ross hit his third homer of the year to put the Dodgers up 3-2 in the fifth, Paul Lo Duca’s RBI single later in the inning gave them a two-run pad.

Jordan added his sixth homer leading off the sixth.

“We broke out with a little power,” Jordan said. “It was long overdue. Hopefully, they’ll come in bunches.”

Green, who struck out on Washburn’s inside fastball his first time up, turned the tables in his second at-bat, hitting another fastball from the Anaheim left-hander over the wall in center to tie it at 2 in the fourth. The homer was Green’s eighth.

Anderson gave the Angels a 2-1 lead with his 17th homer in the top of the fourth.

Coomer’s home run evened it at 1 in the second inning after the Angels tookthe lead in the first inning on Glaus’ RBI single.

Notes

Nomo has pitched into the seventh inning in 15 of 16 starts this year. … Dodgers 1B Fred McGriff, out with a groin injury, did not play start but was available to pinch-hit, manager Jim Tracy said. … Anaheim RHP Mickey Callaway, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder, threw 29 pitches in a simulated game and reported no problems. He is eligible to be activated Saturday. … Scioscia had a warm reunion with Fernando Valenzuela in the dugout before the game, his former batterymate with the Dodgers. Valenzuela recently rejoined the Dodgers as a Spanish-language radio announcer. …Coomer’s homer was his first since May 26 last year for the Yankees.

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