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Angels Hold Off Dodger Comeback, Sweep Series

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Manny Ramirez had three hits today, but the Dodgers fell short against the Angels
Manny Ramirez had three hits today, but the Dodgers fell short against the Angels

The Dodgers fell behind early and, although they staged quite a late-inning comeback, fell to the Angels 6-5, completing the series sweep for Anaheim.

Carlos Monasterios struggled with his control, throwing just 38 of his 69 pitches for strikes, and he didn't make it out of the third inning.  He allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks against just two strikeouts in his 2 2/3 innings.  Monasterios faced 16 batters, and allowed a three-ball count to seven of them.  Those seven hitters accounted for three walks, a single, and a home run.

Jeff Weaver, pitching for the first time in a week, followed Monasterios and pitched 2 1/3 innings, turning today's game into an unscheduled Weaver vs. Weaver battle.  Jeff and Jered started against one another last June 20 but that was in Anaheim.  Today marked the first time either brother faced each other in the batters box.  Jeff got first crack, batting against Jered Weaver in the bottom of the third inning, but his younger brother struck him out looking with a fastball.  In the next half inning, Jered put the ball in play against Jeff, grounding out to second base.

Notes

  • Manny Ramirez and James Loney each had a pair of doubles.  Ramirez added a single for his first three-hit game since April 21 in Cincinnati.  Loney also had three hits, and tied Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp for the team lead with his ninth stolen base.
  • Matt Kemp did not start, but entered the game in the ninth inning, playing center field and striking out against Brian Fuentes.  He has a current streak of 107 straight games played.
  • The last time the Dodgers were swept at home was May 9-11, 2008 against Houston.
  • Vicente Padilla pitched a rehab game for Albuquerque today in Oklahoma City allowing eight hits and six runs (four earned), with no walks and five strikeouts.  Padilla gave up a pair of home runs to Chad Tracy.  He will join the team in Cincinnati.

WP - Jered Weaver (6-3):  6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts

LP - Carlos Monasterios (3-1):  2 2/3 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Sv - Brian Fuentes (10):  1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

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