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Juan Rivera Homerun Drives Angels to Freeway Series Win

FINAL SCORE in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Angels 5, Dodgers 4

A close game with a rowdy crowd in suburbia USA saw the two most interesting teams in baseball - the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers fight and claw their way thru a game that saw a Post-Brooklyn 4-1 lead over the team that was actually born in Southern California evaporate into a tie for the Blue Crew and then turn into a win when one of former Dodger Mike Scioscia's slap-happy singles hitters suddenly crushed a long ball.

The difference in the game was a terrible relief pitcher failing more than a terrible relief bullpen. Angels Left Fielder Juan Rivera crushed a homerun off of Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota (yes, he is still pitching, probably getting AARP benefits too for those bulging temples that look like chipmunk cheeks coming out of his cap) in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Angels starter Joe Saunders was bailed out by stellar defense from Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis, only one of whom would help him with the bat - it was Mighty Maicer singling home two in the bottom of the 6th off of overrated Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley who actually had to pitch to a team that was not the weakling Padres.

Oddly enough, Angels reliever/gascan Justin Speier got out of a jam with runners on in the 8th inning when he got Juan Pierre to foul out for the final out of the inning. Angels Closer Brian Fuentes struck out Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp with the tying run on 2B and the Go-Ahead run on 1B for his MLB-leading 19th Save.

It was the Angels 7th win in a row. The club is now only a half-game out of First Place in the American League West.


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