Angels' Smash Dodgers but Lose Guerrero

No matter what you call them -- Anaheim or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or Home for Deposed Dodger Heros, Mike Scioscia and his merry band of Angels romped in the first meeting of the two city rivals by a 9-0 margin in front of 54,543 disgruntled Dodger fans. The win may have cost Anaheim dearly since slugger Vladimir Guerrero left the game with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder after a head-first slide into the plate and a collision with catcher Jason Phillips.

Scott Erickson started Friday night because Perez couldn't because of shoulder tightness and he couldn't get out of the second inning.

Erickson (1-4) left to a chorus of boos after allowing four runs in the second and Los Angeles could never get back into the game despite a sparkling performance by Wilson Alvarez, who worked 4.2 innings and allowed one hit and no runs. He lowered his team-leading ERA to 0.84 in eight appearances since coming off the disabled list.

Erickson walked two in the first but wiggled out of he jam, then walked the bases loaded in the second -- the last pass went to the Angels' pitcher -- gave up a three-run triple, a sac fly and another single. Manager Jim Tracy didn't hesitate, taking the hook to the mound and giving Erickson the rest of the night off.

It was his fourth consecutive loss and it dropped his record to 1-4 and boosted his ERA to 7.22. The feel-good story of spring training may have reached its final chapter. His 1.2 innings was the shortest start of the season for a Dodger and the fourth time in eight starts this year that he had not completed five innings.

The battered Dodgers pitching staff has allowed four runs or more each of the last 11 games (losing eight) and at eight or more runs in five of them. Duaner Sanchez held the Angels scoreless through the eighth inning but Kelly Wunsch and Yhency Brazoban are suddenly ineffective and allowed five runs in the ninth.

The team ERA is up to 4.80 with Wunsch's ERA at 4.40 and Brazoban's ballooning to 4.76.

On top of the pitching collapse, the Dodger offense was a no-show. Cesar Izturis led off the first with a single but was erased on a double play, and Olmedo Saenz hit a two-out double in the second. After that, nine consecutive Dodgers went down in order and they didn't get another hit until Izturis singled up the middle with one out in the sixth.

Izturis ended the disappointing evening with a pair of singles and Saenz had two doubles. It was the Dodger shortstop's fifth consecutive multiple-hit game and Saenz was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Phillips' two-out single to end the seventh inning.

Jarrod Washburn left after the seventh. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one. Washburn came out to start the seventh but left for a reliever, and after the game said he had experienced some minor elbow tightness.

The Angels blew the lid off things in the ninth, as a walk with the bases loaded and a grand slam made it 9-0.

With the loss, the Dodgers dropped 3 1/2 games behind the red-hot Padres and three games behind the Diamondbacks.

Dodger Blue Notes--Tracy said Jeff Weaver, who admitted to shoulder "stiffness" after his last start, was fine and Weaver insisted his shoulder is healthy. Weaver is 4-3 with a 5.59 ERA and 56.1 innings, just behind Derek Lowe for the club lead. He has thrown at least 90 pitches in seven of his nine starts this year, was the workhorse of the staff last year with 220 innings and is in the final year of his contract. … Perez, who missed Friday night's start, played catch and said he plans to have a full bullpen session Sunday to test his sore shoulder. He would need to pass that test if he is to start in San Francisco on Wednesday, as tentatively scheduled. If he is not ready, Erickson would again take his place. … Elmer Dessens, disabled with a shoulder spur, threw a bullpen session of 35 fastballs and reported no discomfort. He said he will need a Minor League rehabilitation assignment because he hasn't pitched in a month and had only half a Spring Training because of a pulled calf muscle. … Jayson Werth is sizzling with Las Vegas. After a 2-for-17 start he took a 8-for-14 streak into Friday nights game. His 20-day rehab assignment expires Tuesday. … Brad Penny, battered by his former Florida Marlins teammates in his last start, will work this afternoon against the Angels.

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