Dodgers 8, Angels 4

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Pinch-hitter J.D. Drew’s 150th career homer leading off the seventh drove in the go-ahead run, and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for an 8-4 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

The Dodgers won by scoring seven runs in their final three at-bats.

The win was the 11th in 14 games for the Dodgers, who moved a season-best three games over .500. The loss was the fourth straight and 16th in 21 games for the Angels, who dropped a season-high nine games below .500.

Drew, batting for winner Joe Beimel, hit a 1-2 pitch from Scot Shields (1-3) into the right-field bullpen to snap a 4-4 tie. It was Drew’s eighth homer of the season and the third pinch-hit homer of his career.

Beimel (1-0) earned his first big league victory since 2003 by striking out the side in the seventh. Juan Rivera reached first on a wild pitch with two outs while swinging at strike three, but Beimel picked him off first to end the inning.

The Dodgers got three insurance runs off Jason Bulger in the eighth on Russell Martin’s fielder’s choice grounder, a wild pitch and Rafael Furcal’s RBI single – his third hit of the game.

The Angels led 4-1 before Willy Aybar tied it in the sixth by hitting a three-run homer, golfing an 0-2 pitch from Kevin Gregg into the lower right-field seats following leadoff singles by Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent.

The Angels, pummeled 16-3 by the Dodgers on Friday night, took a 3-0 lead off Brett Tomko in the first on doubles by Adam Kennedy and Rivera and a two-run homer by Dallas McPherson – his first RBIs of the season.

Kenny Lofton singled, took third on a double by Garciaparra and scored on Kent’s grounder in the bottom of the first.

The Angels made it 4-1 in the fourth on a two-out, RBI single by Chone Figgins.

Both starters gave up four runs in six innings. Gregg allowed seven hits while walking one and striking out a career-high seven, while Tomko gave up 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

Kennedy led off the third with his second double, but Tomko pitched out of trouble by retiring the next three batters. Tomko gave up singles to the first two batters in the sixth before striking out Jose Molina and Gregg and getting Figgins on a popup to first.

Notes: The Angels placed INF Edgardo Alfonzo on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, and recalled Bulger from Triple-A Salt Lake. … Dodgers manager Grady Little said OF Jason Repko, sidelined since spraining his left ankle May 9, will probably be out at least another four weeks. … Angels INF Erick Aybar, Willy’s younger brother, made his first big league start and got his first hits – singles in the fourth and sixth innings. Willy’s homer was his first this year and the second of his career. … Little faces a dilemma when C Dioner Navarro (injured right wrist) is ready to come off the disabled list because Martin has played so well in his absence, both offensively and defensively. “As we sit here right now, I don’t know how in the world you ever could,” Little replied when asked if the 23-year-old Martin would return to the minors.

AP-ES-05-20-06 1919EDT

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