The Dodgers found out Sunday that a series win against the Angels was just out of reach for them.
The Angels rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, all with two outs, breaking a tie and sending the Dodgers to a 5-3 defeat on Sunday and another series loss to the Halos. The Dodgers have lost six straight series to the Angels, and have lost 11 of their last 13 series in Anaheim dating back to 2000.
The rally gave Josh Lindblom his second loss in four days, as a two-out walk to Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales getting hit by a pitch was followed by run-scoring singles by Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick. Lindblom, who also suffered the loss to the Athletics on Thursday, retired just two of the nine batters he faced this week.
The Dodgers scored in the first inning for the third consecutive game, as a two-out Andre Ethier hustle double to short left field was followed by a single to center field by Bobby Abreu. The Dodgers outscored the Angels 6-0 in the first inning during the series.
An RBI groundout by Dee Gordon gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in top of the second inning, but the Angels struck back in the bottom of the inning. Erick Aybar walked with one out, giving Aaron Harang eight consecutive innings with at least one walk dating back to June 12.
Peter Bourjos, making just his fifth start of June, hit a ball down the right field line that was just out of reach of a diving Andre Ethier that appeared to hit chalk. But first base umpire Bill Miller called the ball foul, robbing Bourjos of a double. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Bourjos was the one who took advantage of the opportunity, smashing a pitch over the wall in left field for his second home run of the season and a 2-2 tie.
Mike Trout singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning, then stole second and scored on a single by Pujols one out later to give the Angels a 3-2 lead. Trout went 2-for-4 on the day and reached base in six of his 13 plate appearances during the three-game series, to go along with three stolen bases.
Harang followed up his eight-walk performance by only walking two on Sunday, and he allowed three runs in six innings for his ninth quality start of the season. But he also didn't strike out anyone, the first time he has done that since July 28, 2007, 125 starts ago.
Garrett Richards, like Harang, got a no-decision for the Angels. He gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five, but the Dodgers threatened a few more times as well. They had two runners on base with just one out in both the third and the fifth innings but the rallies were squashed by double plays by James Loney and Bobby Abreu, respectively.
Juan Rivera led off the top of the sixth inning with a double into the gap in left center field, then was very aggressive when Loney scalded a ball up the middle. The ball was nearly caught by Richards, who would have had an easy double play with Rivera running, but Richards was only able to knock it down, which allowed Rivera to reach third base while Loney was thrown out at first. Adam Kennedy followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Rivera and tie the score.
The Dodgers brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning after Ivan De Jesus walked, but De Jesus was called out trying to steal second base despite appearing to avoid the tag.
Ernesto Frieri recorded four outs for the Angels for his ninth save of the season.
Home Runs: Peter Bourjos (2)
WP - Scott Downs (1-0): 1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
LP - Josh Lindblom (2-2): 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Sv - Ernesto Frieri (9): 1 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts