Angels 0, Dodgers 6

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—Chan Ho Park shut out the Angels over his six innings, Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Angels 6-0 on Friday night.

Park (3-2) scattered four hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter as the Dodgers beat Joe Saunders (11-4), who remained tied for the major league lead in victories.

Russell Martin put the Dodgers ahead to stay with his eighth homer, a solo shot with two out in the first. Ethier, who came into the game for defensive purposes in the top of the seventh, hit his three-run shot off Justin Speier in the bottom half for a six-run cushion.

The Dodgers had scratched out two runs against Saunders in the fifth, on Jeff Kent’s sacrifice fly and James Loney’s RBI single.

Saunders allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in five innings. He walked four

Brian Falkenborg set the Angels down in order in the seventh, then Jonathan Broxton struck out the side in the eighth, and Takashi Saito did the same in the ninth.

The victory was only the Dodgers’ third in their last 12 games in the “Freeway Series,” including losing two of three in Anaheim earlier this season. The Angels lead the all-time series 37-29.

The AL West leading Angels, whose 48-32 record is among the best in the majors, lost for only the third time in their last 13 games on the road. The Dodgers, five games below .500 but still in second place behind Arizona in the NL West, won for the third time in their last seven games.

The Dodgers opened a 3-0 lead after shortstop Erick Aybar’s throwing error to second base on Martin’s grounder in the fifth put runners on second and third. Kent followed with a sacrifice fly, then Loney singled in a run.

The Angels got a runner as far as third base twice against Park, in the first and sixth, but he pitched out of trouble both times. He retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced.

Ethier’s two-out homer, his seventh, came after Martin and Kent opened the inning with singles.


Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal, CF Andruw Jones and possibly 3B Nomar Garciaparra are scheduled to begin rehab assignments for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. Furcal and Garciaparra could return before the All-Star break, and Jones could soon follow afterward. … Dodgers RHPs Hiroki Kuroda and Brad Penny had their scheduled simulated games for Saturday scrapped. Both will instead throw bullpen sessions because Penny is still feeling something in his shoulder and Kruoda’s neck is still bothering him. … Angels 3B and leadoff man Chone Figgins sat out with infection in his right knee, the result of a slide, and is listed as day-to-day. … Angels RHP Kelvim Escobar will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. … Angels OF Juan Rivera was still in Miami dealing with some family issues after his wife gave birth, but he’s expected back by Saturday. Mom and child are OK and the complications are not considered serious.

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