Dee Gordon provided the spark at the top of the lineup with two hits and two runs scored, and a rested Chris Capuano continued his solid work on the mound, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Angels.
Gordon led off the game with a ground ball single to right field, then stole second on a pitch out, his 22nd swipe of the season. Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded to first baseman Albert Pujols, who tried to retire Gordon at third base but his throw hit Gordon in the back and bounced away, allowing Gordon to score and Hairston to move to second base.
Hairston advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on what would have been an inning-ending grounder to third base, only the throw from Maicer Izturis pulled Albert Pujols off the bag, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers have outscored their opponents 51-28 in the first inning this season.
The Angels pulled to within 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Howie Kendrick led off the frame with a hustle double to left field, though he likely would have been out had Hairston held on to the throw at second base. A single from Erick Aybar plated the run for the Angels, who seemed poised for a second straight comeback when they put runners on second and third base with two outs.
Torii Hunter hit a drive to the wall in center field that seemed destined for extra bases and a lead for the Angels, but Elian Herrera made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Hunter and end the inning.
The Dodgers struck back immediately in the top of the sixth inning. Ervin Santana retired 13 in a row, including eight by strikeout, but that run ended with a triple to left field by Gordon to open the inning. Hairston followed with a single off Izturis at third base to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
Capuano allowed just one run in his seven innings of work, while walking none and striking out four. It was his seventh start on five days rest this season, and in those starts Capuano is 5-0 with a 1.11 ERA with nine walks and 47 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.
Kenley Jansen, who hadn't pitched since June 15, shook off the rust to pitch a scoreless ninth inning for his 12th save of the season.
Home Runs: none
WP - Chris Capuano (9-2): 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 4 strikeouts
LP - Ervin Santana (4-8): 8 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 10 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (12): 1 IP, 1 strikeout