Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 20
LA Dodgers5
Game 2: Saturday, June 21
LA Dodgers4
Game 3: Sunday, June 22
LA Dodgers3

Angels 6

(36-37, 18-22 away)

Dodgers 3

(44-30, 24-16 home)

    4:10 PM ET, June 22, 2003

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: K. Appier (5-4)

    L: K. Brown (10-2)

    S: T. Percival (12)

    Brown suffers first loss in past eight starts

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Appier, who looked lost at the plate as he flailed at 95 mph fastballs from Kevin Brown in three at-bats, could hardly believe his Anaheim Angels teammates got 10 hits off the Dodgers' ace.

    "When I was up there, the ball just disappeared. Being up there against him, I marvel at the fact that we got that many hits,'' said Appier, who struck out three times but outpitched Brown in Anaheim's 6-3 win over Los Angeles on Sunday.

    "Kevin Brown's tough to get confidence against, but our hitters did a good job and were able to string some hits together,'' he said.

    Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer as the Angels dealt Brown his first loss in 10 decisions.

    Brown (10-2) had won seven straight starts before allowing four runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

    Appier (5-4) held the Dodgers to one run in five innings, giving up seven scattered hits and striking out four with his good location and 85 mph fastball. Troy Percival pitched the ninth to earn his 12th save in 13 chances.

    "Six runs against that pitching staff is good,'' Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "Brown looked like he had great stuff, but we were able to hit some balls hard against him and they went in the right places. Kevin Appier did a really good job for us.''

    Brown, who left his previous start in the seventh inning because of tightness in his groin, said he felt fine.

    "When you give up 10 hits and four runs, I'd say there was a little bit lacking there,'' he said. "They took advantage of my mistakes and I didn't make any adjustments,'' he said. "Sometimes you have to have luck go along with it.

    "Any one of a number of balls could have been hit to somebody and things could have turned out differently. I still wouldn't have thrown great, but I would have given up less runs and had a chance to win.''

    The Angels won for only the third time in 10 games and avoided being swept at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles lost for just the second time in 12 games.

    After the Dodgers scored twice in the seventh to close to 4-3, Anderson restored the Angels' three-run edge in the ninth with his 18th homer, off Paul Shuey.

    In the Dodgers' seventh, Anaheim reliever Ben Weber made two errors on Dave Roberts' slow roller up the first-base line, bobbling the ball then throwing wildly to first, and both runs were unearned.

    The first scored on Shawn Green's groundout, and the second on a triple by Paul Lo Duca, both after Brendan Donnelly had relieved Weber. Donnelly finally ended the inning by striking out Daryle Ward.

    The Angels scored three times against Brown in the fourth on RBI singles by Adam Kennedy, Jeff DaVanon and Scott Spiezio.

    Brown walked Brad Fullmer leading off, Bengie Molina followed with a single, then Kennedy had the first of his three singles to score Fullmer. Brown got the next two Anaheim batters, but DaVanon singled to score Molina.

    Darin Erstad walked to load the bases, and Spiezio followed with a liner off the bag at first that popped high into the air. By the time Ward fielded the ball deep behind the bag, Spiezio was almost to first. Brown failed to cover on the play, so Spiezio was safe and Kennedy scored for a 4-1 lead.

    "When it hit the bag, I just froze,'' Brown said. "I lost sight of it for a second and I just didn't know where it was going, so I didn't know whether to go to the bag or what.

    "It would have been great if I'd have read that one correctly. I could have gotten out of the inning.''

    Game notes

    Paul Lo Duca was 3-for-4 for the Dodgers, and Kennedy went 3-for-4 for the Angels. ... Anaheim 3B Troy Glaus entered the game in the seventh. He hadn't played since leaving Friday's game with back spasms. ... Los Angeles LF Brian Jordan did not play because he has a slightly strained muscle in his left side.

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