Lowe and Ethier Key Dodger Sweep

Derek Lowe's luck finally turned and he allowed three hits over seven shutout innings for his first win since April 13. Andre Ethier stayed hot with a three-run homer, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 7-0 Sunday to complete a sweep of the three-game interleague series. It was the first time the Dodgers have swept Anaheim in a home series since Interleague began in 1997. The game was a sellout of 55,662. The series drew 166,904, the most ever to attend a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Lowe (2-3) threw 118 pitches before being lifted for a pinch hitter. The 32-year-old right-hander walked three, struck out seven and didn't allow a hit after Garret Anderson's single in the third, retiring 13 of the last 15 batters he faced. Lowe was the only Dodger pitcher to win a game as year against the Angels.

The Angels loaded the bases in the first before Robb Quinlan grounded to third on Lowe's 30th pitch of the inning. They also had runners at first and third with one out in the third before Dallas McPherson grounded into a double play.

Lowe gave up two earned runs or less in seven of his previous nine starts, but had only one win to show for his efforts. He went six straight outings without a victory -- two losses and four no-decisions.

Rookie Jonathan Broxton worked the final two innings to complete the shutout, allowing one hit and striking out a pair.

The win was the fourth straight and 12th in 15 games for the Dodgers. They haven't been four games over .500 since June of 2005. They manhandles the Angeles in the series, outscoring them 31-7 in the series after being outscored 29-11 while losing five of six to Anaheim last season.

The Angels still lead the Dodgers 28-25 in the series and the Dodgers have a 78-71 interleague record.

Ethier, who 5-for-5 in a 16-3 victory over the Angels on Friday night and was 7-for-13 in the series with two homers, six runs scored and six RBI in only his 15th major league game.

The Dodgers jumped on Angels' starter Ervin Santana (4-2) in the first. With one out, Kenny Lofton singled and when Nomar Garciaparra doubled he scored easily. Santana struck out J.D. Drew for the second out but walked Jeff Kent before Willy Aybar lined an RBI single. Ethier followed by driving a 2-2 pitch into the right-field pavilion for his third homer.

Santana allowed only one baserunner after the first inning explosion settled and settled down after the Dodgers' five-run first, that, but he was tagged with the loss.

Garciaparra hit a two-run double, his 13th of the season in the seventh, cashing in singles by Russell Martin and Lofton to make it 7-0.

The Dodgers jumped into third place in the National League West, a half game behind Arizona and one game behind Colorado.
  Score by innings
Angels  000 000 000-0
Dodgers 500 000 20x-7
 
  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      4 1 0 0 .243
  Broxton, P    0 0 0 0 .000
Lofton, CF      4 2 3 0 .291
Garciaparra, 1B 4 1 2 3 .363
Drew, RF        4 0 0 0 .293
Kent, 2B        3 1 1 0 .245
  Robles, 2B    0 0 0 0 .190
Aybar, 3B       4 1 1 1 .370
Ethier, LF      4 1 1 3 .306
Martin, C       3 0 1 0 .298
Lowe, P         2 0 1 0 .045
  Martinez, SS  1 0 0 0 .308
    Totals     33 7 10 7 
    Angels     31 0  4 0 

  Error- Furcal. 2B hit- Garciaparra 2 
(13). HR- Ethier (3). RBI- Garciaparra 3 
(29), Aybar (9), Ethier 3 (8). LOB- 
Angels 8, Dodgers 3. DP- (Kent, Furcal 
and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers    in h r-er bb so era
Lowe (W, 2-3) 7.0 3 0 0 3 7 0 3.08
Broxton       2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.90
  T- 2-30. Att- 55,662.
Dodger Blue Notes-- ...The Los Angeles Times reported that the Dodgers are seriously considering promoting power-hitting outfielder Matt Kemp from Jacksonville. Kemp, 21, is batting .343 with six home runs and 29 runs batted in with 10 stolen bases in 42 games. He has 30 strikeouts and 19 walks. The Dodgers have been struggling with only four outfielders since Jason Repko went on the disabled list because of a sprained left ankle, and he is expected to sit out another month. …Lofton had three hits and scored twice, giving him 1,384 runs scored in his career to rank him 82nd on baseball's career list -- one ahead of Tony Gwynn. ...Lowe singled in the second for his first hit of the season. He hit an easy fly in his only other at-bat, leaving him 1-for-22 (.045) this year. …Eric Gagne and Cesar Izturis will begin rehab in the minor league this week. Gagne is expected to join Las Vegas by midweek at Round Rock, Texas, on Wednesday and Thursday. Izturis will fly to Vero Beach, Thursday and serve as a designated hitter in the extended Spring Training camp. In a week or so, he will join the 51s in Las Vegas for a rehab assignment that could last less than three weeks. …Catcher Dioner Navarro still can't swing a bat because of soreness in his right wrist, which was hit by a foul ball May 4. Navarro said the ball hit his wrist in the same spot that a pitch hit the wrist of outfielder Jayson Werth 14 months ago. Outfielder Ricky Ledee, out with a pulled groin muscle, has begun swinging a bat, but is probably several weeks away from returning to game action.

Coming up-- In a rare Korean matchup, Jae Seo (1-2, 5.31 ERA) starts tonight for the Dodgers against Byung-Hyun Kim (2-1, 4.62 ERA), who beat them in Colorado last week in the start of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The dodgers trail the first-place Rockies by one game. Seo's record-
date      score  opp       in h r-er w k era
April 12 ND 6-7  at Pitts   5 7 5-5 1 4 9.00
April 16 L  0-2  SFrisco    6 6 2-2 1 3 6.43
April 22 L  4-5  Arizona    3 9 5-5 1 2 7.64
April 28 W  3-0  at SDiego  6 2 0-0 2 4 5.70
May 3    ND 5-11 San Diego  6 5 1-1 3 4 4.85
May 9    ND 12-7 Houston    3 8 6-6 1 2 6.00
May 14   ND 6-3  at SFrisco 6 3 1-1 2 2 5.31

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