LOS ANGELES (AP)—Injuries have decimated Anaheim’s lineup all season. Fittingly, two ailing players helped the Angels rout the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
“It was enough, that’s for sure,” Washburn said, referring to the run support. “I’d probably quit if I couldn’t win games like that.”
Vladimir Guerrero hit his 18th home run.
“We got a lot of two-out hits. They just came in bunches,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.
Los Angeles lost its fifth in a row overall and fell a season-worst 3 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the NL West.
“We got it handed to us pretty good,” manager Jim Tracy said. “They hit the ball all night long against everybody we sent out there. But it’s over with and we didn’t get anybody hurt. That’s the key.”
Erstad and Adam Kennedy each had a three-run homer to power Anaheim’s season-high 22-hit outburst. The Angels’ 13 runs eclipsed their previous season high of 12, accomplished twice.
Dodgers infielder Robin Ventura pitched a scoreless ninth. He allowed a single to Erstad but retired three of four batters in his first career appearance on the mound.
“I figured if anybody was going to get hurt, it might as well be me,” said Ventura, who tipped his cap as he walked off the mound. “It wasn’t a very comfortable thing, but sometimes in games like this, you do something a little weird—and this definitely was. I told them I wasn’t available for tomorrow.”
The last position player to pitch for the Dodgers was Chris Donnels on May 5, 2001, at Wrigley Field.
“That’s a team player right there,” Erstad said about Ventura. “Maybe the bullpen was worn out. He was working quick. I just tried to bloop one in.”
Erstad was back in the lineup just two days after dislocating the third knuckle on the middle finger of his right hand on a checked swing against Oakland. He homered into Anaheim’s bullpen in the fifth, making it 8-0 and chasing Jose Lima.
“The toughest part was getting my hand in my glove. The swelling went down dramatically overnight,” Erstad said. “I don’t hit a lot of home runs. When they come, they’re a bonus.”
Erstad missed five weeks earlier this season with a strained right hamstring.
“I was behind in the count almost every time and there were a lot of pitches up. When you hang it, they bang it,” Lima said. “I don’t throw 95, so I’ve got to keep tricking people. They tricked me. The bottom line was I stunk.”
Washburn (8-3) gave up three hits in seven innings to win for the first time since May 15, the last of six straight wins. The left-hander came out of Sunday’s game against Houston after two innings because of muscle spasms in his upper back and neck.
“The Dodgers in the past have hit me well. It really feels good to beat them for the first time,” said Washburn, whose back and neck irritated him during the game. “I hit spots and got ahead.”
Washburn, who threw 91 pitches, has gone 144 career starts without a shutout—the most by any pitcher in Angels history.
“I don’t mind getting teased as long as we win,” he said.
Erstad drove in a run with a bases-loaded groundout in the fourth inning, giving Anaheim a 4-0 lead. Guerrero and Guillen homered with two outs in the first. Guerrero sent a 1-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, and Guillen’s two-run shot landed in the same place for Anaheim’s first three runs.
Washburn, regarded as the best-hitting pitcher on the Angels, helped himself with a bloop single to drive in Kennedy, who tripled, for a 5-0 lead in the fourth.
“I’ll take every cheap hit I’ve ever got,” Washburn said.
The Angels piled on with four more runs in the sixth. Molina’s RBI single and Kennedy’s homer off Duaner Sanchez made it 12-0.
Lima (6-3) gave up eight runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings.
After the game, the Angels activated RHP Aaron Sele from the disabled list and optioned Turnbow to Triple-A Salt Lake. … The Angels improved to 5-8 in interleague play this season. … Washburn improved to 8-for-24 at the plate in his career, with three RBIs. … Anaheim’s Tim Salmon pinch-hit in the seventh and then played left field for the first time in his career. … The crowd of 54,617 was the 11th sellout this season for the Dodgers, tying lastseason’s total.