Supporting Players Spoil Hendrickson's start

The Dodgers went out of their way to make Mark Hendrickson and Toby Hall, just in from Tampa Bay, comfortable. Perhaps they went too far. Three errors, five unearned runs, nine batters struck out, a pair of runners thrown out on the bases, enough men on base to invade Romania and, not surprisingly, a 9-2 loss to Anaheim. It certainly must have felt like they were back with the DRays.

The Dodgers dropped 2 1/2 games behind San Diego who topped Oakland and lost to the Angels for the first time this season following four four in which they outscored them 37-8.

Mike Napoli hit the first of two solo home runs to open the second inning. Juan Rivera and Robb Quinlan hit two-out singles later in the inning, with Rivera scoring on left fielder Andre Ethier's error.

The Angels scored three unearned runs in the third when Maicer Izturis (Cesar's brother) reached base on Hendrickson's throwing error, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Vladimir Guerrero. Napoli drew a walk before Anderson doubled to right-center to make it 5-0.

Hendrickson (0-1)allowed seven hits and five runs -- one earned -- and left after five innings.

The Angels loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Aaron Sele, pitching in relief for the first time this season, before Hong-Chih Kuo relieved and walked in a run. Another scored when Izturis grounded into a force play. Napoli hit his second homer and 10th of the season off Kuo in the seventh.

Jeff Kent and Matt Kemp hit RBI singles for the Dodgers in the eighth, after Branden Donnelly opened the inning by walking Furcal, Lofton and Garciaparra.

The Angels added their final -- unearned -- run, in their half of the inning on a throwing error by center fielder Kemp.

Garciaparra was thown out at the plate in the fourth inning and Furcal tried to stretch a two-out double, but was nailed at third in the fifth.
  Score by innings
Dodgers  000 000 020-2
Anaheim  023 002 11x-9

  Dodgers     ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss      4 1 1 0 .259
Lofton dh      3 1 1 0 .293
Garciaparra 1b 4 0 1 0 .363
Drew rf        4 0 1 0 .281
Kent 2b        4 0 1 1 .270
Ethier lf      4 0 2 0 .338
Kemp cf        4 0 2 1 .312
Hall c         4 0 1 0 .250
Izturis 3b     4 0 0 0 .222
   Totals     35 2 10 2 
   Anaheim    36 9 13 7 

  Errors- Ethier, Hendrickson, 
Kemp 2B - Furcal (11); Lofton (6). 
RBI - Kent (42), Kemp (19). LOB - 
Los Angeles 10, Anaheim 6. DP - 
(Izturis,  Kent and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers            in h r-er bb so era
Hendrickson (L,0-1) 5.0 7  5-1 2 2 1.80
Sele                0.1 3  2-2 0 0 3.06
Kuo                 2.2 3  2-1 1 1 5.33
  Time- 2-49. Att- 43,891.
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