Dodgers Lose Sixth Straight, Maybe Perez

Angel center fielder Garret Anderson a game-tying two-rn homer in the sixth and a second two-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie and send the spiraling Dodgers to their sixth straight defeat. Another big crowd, 52,715, watched in horror as their Dodgers blew a 5-2 lead. After starting the week having won two of three against the New York Yankees they have slipped into their place and may have lost Odalis Perez with an arm injury.

Wilson Alvarez served up Anderson's first homer in the sixth inning to tie the score, 5-5. Vladimir Guerrero -- that name again, 'the saddest words of tongue and pen' and all of that -- also boomed a shot off Perez deep into the left-field pavilion for a two-run homer in the first inning.

Dodger third baseman Adrian Beltré hit a three-run home run -- his 17th of the season -- in the first, and the Dodgers added single runs in the second and third, but Angel relievers combined to retire 15 of 16 batters over the final five innings.

Perez, who is 4-3 with a 2.96 earned run average, was pulled after five innings because of irritation of the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He said he felt "something burning" in his arm while striking the final Angel to end the fourth, and he worsened in the fifth.

"I don't think I will miss a start. I'll try to play catch tomorrow and see how it feels."--Odalis Perez.

Mota (3-3), the Dodgers top setup man, entered with a 1.74 ERA in 34 games. He replaced Alvarez to start the eighth and gave up a leadoff single and Anderson's game-winning shot.

Beltré's homer in the first dropped into the stands near the left-field foul pole, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first. The Dodgers made it 4-2 in the second as Jason Grabowski led off with a single and scored on Dave Roberts' sacrifice fly.

Cesar Izturis led off with a single in the third, reached second on Shawn Green's single, took third on Beltré's flyball to center, and scored on a single by Paul Lo Duca to make it 5-2, ending an 0-for-15 stretch for Lo Duca.

Dodger Blue Notes--Dodger General Manager Paul DePodesta said his inability to acquire Carlos Beltran had nothing to do with a reluctance to trade setup man Guillermo Mota. The Dodgers apparently did not have what Kansas City was looking for. ... Manager Jim Tracy said much of the Dodgers' problems is the lack of hitting in the middle of the lineup. He pointed out the team is hitting .273 and pointed out there are runners on base but that they are not being picked up. He also noted that, although he was appreciative of Robin Ventura's bullpen work, he hoped it would not be needed again. Ventura faced four Angels, allowing a single and getting three flyouts in the 13-0 Anaheim win in the series opener. ... Paul Shuey was scheduled to make his third, and final, rehab start for Ogden on Saturday but the game was cancelled.