Dodgers 16, Angels 3

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—Andre Ethier highlighted his first career five-hit game with a homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers rapped out 25 hits in a 16-3 win over the Angels in the opener of their interleague series Friday night.

Russell Martin added three hits and drove in three runs—both career highs — for the Dodgers, who improved to 10-2 with him in the starting lineup. He and Ethier each made their major league debuts four days apart earlier this month.

Ethier had an RBI single in the Dodgers’ nine-run sixth inning and finished with three RBIs.

Aaron Sele (2-0) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one against his old team.

Making his first career start against his former team, Jeff Weaver (1-7) allowed four runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings, struck out two and walked two in losing his fifth straight.

As if that wasn’t insult enough, Jose Cruz Jr. singled off the back of Weaver’s upper left thigh in the bottom of the first.

The Dodgers sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth, when they extended their lead to 13-2. They had nine hits in the inning and still managed to leave the bases loaded.

The Angels’ only highlight came in the first on Vladimir Guerrero’s two-run homer. The loss was their 15th in 20 games.

The Dodgers scored runs with two outs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-2 lead. Martin’s bases-loaded RBI single in the fifth made it 4-2.

Angels reliever Esteban Yan loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and then hit Jeff Kent, forcing in Rafael Furcal with the first of the Dodgers’ nine runs.

Willy Aybar followed with a two-run double down the right-field line. Ethier, Martin and pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz had RBI singles to make it 10-2.

Furcal hit a two-run triple and Nomar Garciaparra finished off the big inning with a two-out RBI single that increased the Dodgers’ lead to 13-2. Ethier homered in the seventh off Brendan Donnelly.


Sele earned his 19th interleague victory, tying him with Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs for first on the career list. Maddux lost to the White Sox on Friday. … The Dodgers’ nine runs in the sixth were their most in an inning since scoring 10 in the first against Cincinnati on May 6, 2005. … Their nine hits were the most in an inning since they had 10 against St. Louis on May 27, 1990. … Angels INF Erick Aybar made his major league debut as a pinch hitter in the seventh with an inning-ending grounder. His brother, Dodgers 3B Willy Aybar, doubled in the sixth. … Ethier’s five hits were the first by a Dodger since Oscar Robles did so last July 5 at Colorado. … The Dodgers’ franchise record for hits in a game is 28, which occurred on two different occasions.

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