Series: Game 1 of 3

Los Angeles leads 1-0 (as of 6/28)

Game 1: Friday, June 28
Los Angeles 7Final
Anaheim 5
Game 2: Saturday, June 29
Los Angeles 0Final
Anaheim 7
Game 3: Sunday, June 30
Los Angeles 1Final
Anaheim 5

Dodgers 7

(50-29, 23-14 away)

Angels 5

(45-33, 22-16 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 28, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: G. Carrara (5-2)

    L: S. Shields (0-1)

    S: E. Gagne (29)

    Gagne saves day in Southern Cal shootout

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers scored two runs when routine flyballs weren't caught, and manager Jim Tracy thinks there's a reason.

    Eric Gagne

    "You create good luck for yourself. You don't sit around and wait for it,'' Tracy said Friday night after the Dodgers beat the Anaheim Angels 7-5 to increase their NL West lead to 3 games over Arizona.

    Pinch-runner Cesar Izturis scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a flyball that dropped in right-center field after center fielder Darin Erstad took his eye off the ball to glance at right fielder Tim Salmon, just behind him.

    Although Izturis probably would have scored on the one-out fly by Mark Grudzielanek, Erstad's misplay allowed him to score without having to beat a throw to the plate.

    "I messed up. I'm not perfect,'' Erstad said. "You just don't want those things to happen. Regardless if there's no play at the plate, that ball's got to be caught. I take full responsibility.''

    Los Angeles tied it at 5 in the sixth inning when Salmon lost Alex Cora's fly in the lights, allowing one run to score on Cora's triple.

    Eric Gagne got the last four outs for his major league-leading 29th save in 30 chances.

    Talking about creating opportunities, Tracy said, "Mark Grudzielanek gave us as professional an at-bat as you could when he fouled off pitches, then hit the ball to right. Caught or not caught, Izturis was going to score from third.''

    With two strikes, Grudzielanek fouled off three pitches from Scott Shields (0-1) before hitting the flyball.

    "In a situation like that, you just want to try to get a good pitch. He made some tough pitches,'' Grudzielanek said.

    There was neither a hit nor an error on the play because Salmon picked up the ball and threw to second for a forceout on Adrian Beltre.

    Before a lively sellout crowd of 43,690 that appeared equally divided between Angels and Dodgers fans, the Angels dropped to 4 games behind AL West leader Seattle.

    Izturis was running for Dave Hansen, who singled off Shields. Izturis went from first to third on Beltre's bloop single.

    Shawn Green's RBI groundout in the ninth gave the Dodgers a two-run lead.

    Giovanni Carrara (5-2) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory. Gagne retired Scott Spiezio with runners on the corners to end the eighth, then struck out Erstad on a 3-2 pitch to end it with a runner on second.

    The Angels did all their scoring against Andy Ashby in the fourth inning. Troy Glaus keyed the rally with a three-run homer, and Brad Fullmer had a solo shot.

    Los Angeles tied it 5-all in the sixth after Grudzielanek singled with one out to chase starter Kevin Appier, then scored on Cora's hit.

    Glaus' 15th homer ended his 0-for-14 slump and keyed the five-run outbreak as Anaheim rallied from a 3-0 deficit.

    The Dodgers cut the lead to 5-4 in fifth, when Dave Roberts led off with a double and scored from third on Eric Karros' RBI single.

    Los Angeles scored the first three runs in the fourth inning. Hansen had an RBI double, Grudzielanek an RBI single, and Beltre a run-scoring groundout.

    The sellout was only the Angels' second of the season. The other came on Opening Day against Cleveland, when they drew 42,697.

    Game notes

    The Angels demoted LHP Scott Schoeneweis to the bullpen and called up RHP John Lackey from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace him in the rotation. ... Anaheim RHP Al Levine was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. ... Los Angeles reserve C Chad Kreuter was put on the 15-day disabled list with a hematoma, or pooling of blood, in his left shin. C David Ross was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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