ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—When the Los Angeles Dodgers are winning, it’s usually because they’re playing solid, fundamental baseball—just like they did Sunday night.
The Dodgers were outhit 9-5 and had only one extra base hit—an RBI double by Shawn Green. But they stole three bases; fielded flawlessly, and didn’t allow a walk.
“The thing I’m very pleased with is the approach we’re taking at home plate,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “If we get beat, it’s because the opposition went out and beat us. If we perform like we have of late, we’re going to win our fair share.”
Weaver (6-8) allowed eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings, holding the Angels in check until the Dodgers had a six-run lead. He walked none and struck out two.
“He’s been throwing the ball well, he’s been throwing the ball that way the last eight or nine outings,” catcher Lo Duca said. “He should have eight or nine wins.”
The Dodgers have won five of seven after losing six straight and finished interleague play with a 10-8 record, including 3-3 against Anaheim.
They trail the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants by 1 1/2 games.
“When we’ve got our backs against the wall, it seems like we play our best,” said Dave Roberts, who went hitless in four at-bats with a walk but scored twice, drove in a run and stole his 24th and 25th bases.
The Dodgers scored single runs off Kelvim Escobar (4-5) in similar fashion in the second and third innings.
Roberts walked with one out in the third, stole second, took third on an infield out and scored on Lo Duca’s infield hit to deep short.
The Dodgers scored four runs in the seventh to blow the game open. Escobar had retired 10 straight batters before walking Bradley to start the inning, and Green followed with his double. Green scored on Roberts’ forceout and Lo Duca capped the rally with a two-out, two-run single off Scot Shields.
Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon hit one-out singles, and Bengie Molina followed with a ground-rule double in the bottom of the inning to drive in Erstad and chase Weaver. Salmon scored on Adam Kennedy’s RBI grounder off Darren Dreifort.
The Angels lost for the sixth time in seven games to fall 4 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. They were 7-11 in interleague play.
“I’m not looking at the standings. We’re not scoreboard-watching,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “If we continue to struggle offensively, the standings are going to become more and more irrelevant.”
Escobar allowed four hits and six runs in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two, hit two and struck out three.
“These are tough times right now, but we’ll turn it around,” Kennedy said. “We’ve been playing some good teams. Again, our pitching and our offense weren’t on the same page on the same night. You feel terrible for Kelvim because it seems that every time he goes out there, he’s throwing good games and not getting much support. But we’ll get it clicking.”
The Angels didn’t score while Escobar was in the game. He is receiving less than 3.5 runs of support per start—the fourth-lowest among AL pitchers with at least 10 starts.
David Eckstein and Chone Figgins opened the Angels’ first with singles to put runners at first and third before Weaver worked out of trouble by retiring Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson and Jose Guillen.
The Angels didn’t get a runner past first base after that until Kennedy hit a two-out double off the top of the left-center field fence in the fifth.Eckstein grounded to third to end the inning.
The game was played before a crowd of 43,823—largest of the season at Angel Stadium. The Angels have sold out 27 of their 41 home games. … Dodgers RF Juan Encarnacion didn’t play because of soreness in his left shoulder. He is scheduled to be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Frank Jobe on Monday. … Dodgers reliever Paul Shuey had hip soreness during a rehab outing in Las Vegas on Saturday night—the second time that’s happened in the last 10 days. Shuey ruptured a tendon in his right thumb late in spring training and hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers this season. … Salmon is 0-for-37 against left-handedpitchers after grounding out against Tom Martin in the ninth.