The Winner Was Lowe in the Strike Zone

Derek Lowe hasn't received much run support from his teammates this season but this time he compensated with a career-high 11 strikeouts, and Luis Gonzalez slammed a two-run single in the sixth inning, giving the club a 2-1 win and moving them back into first place. Gonzalez smilingly said his game-winning hit was in sympathy for the new batting coach, Bill Mueller, on his first day on the job.

It was a night for pitching aficionados as Angels righthander Ervin Santana didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning.

The game was completed in a snappy, two-hour, 16-minutes and gave the Dodgers their first win over the Angels after losing three and being outscored 19-4 in Anaheim in mid-May.

Overall, the Angels struck out 14 times against Lowe, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito, making one think that pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was able to sleep well at night, feeling his job was secure.

Lowe said he was just lucky but if that is the case, unlucky pitchers must be executed by firing squad at dawn. Lowe has worked three complete games this seasons without a loss. He also has allowed five earned runs in three Interleague series starts this year and, again, none of them brought him a "W" for his efforts.

Santana didn't allow a hit until Matt Kemp singled with two outs in the fifth.

Leadoff hitter in the sixth, Rafael Furcal, bounced a ball to shortstop and beat Orlando Cabrera's throw to first base. Juan Pierre fouled off a sacrifice bunt attempt, then lined a single to left. Nomar Garciaparra hit liner that allowed Furcal to tag and beat Vlad Guerrero's throw to third.

Jeff Kent was hit with a 1-2 fastball that moved Pierre into scoring position. Gonzalez followed with a two-run single to left field that drove in both runs for his ninth RBI in the seven game homestand.

Jonathan Broxton took only 10 pitches to retire the Angels in the eighth, and Takashi Saito allowed a pair of two-out infield hits in the ninth but recorded his 19th save.

Lowe the Angels runs in the seventh on a ground-rule double that Matt Kemp nearly speared in the right field corner and with one out, Casey Kotchman singled to right. Lowe got Garrett Anderson on a fly to center and struck out Howie Kendrick to end the inning.

Friday's game was the third record 56,000 crowd of the season and the fourth in the history of Dodger Stadium.

Jason Schmidt (1-3, 6.43 ERA) opposes Jered Weaver (5-3, 4.14) tonight in the second game of the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium.
 Score by innings
Anaheim	        000 000 010-1
Los Angeles	000 002 00x-2

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  1  1  0  .288
Pierre cf	4  1  1  0  .278
Garciaparra 1b	4  0  1  0  .273
Kent 2b	        2  0  0  0  .259
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
Gonzalez lf	3  0  1  2  .288
Martin c	3  0  0  0  .288
Betemit 3b	3  0  0  0  .217
Kemp rf	        3  0  1  0  .452
Lowe	        2  0  0  0  .185
 Loney ph	1  0  1  0  .400
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ethier lf	0  0  0  0  .261
    Totals	28 2 6 2
    Anaheim	31 1 6 1 

 RBI- Gonzalez 2 (30). LOB- Los Angeles 5,
Anaheim 5. 

 Los Angeles	 in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe (7-6)	7.0  4  1-1  1  11  3.08
Broxton 	1.0  0  0-0  0   2  3.74
Saito (sv 19)	1.0  2  0-0  0   1  1.61
 HBP- Kent. TD- 2:16. Att- 56,000.
No. 1 Withrow Signs-- Lefthander Chris Withrow and his family were in attendance at the game after the young high schooler singed a $1.35 million contract to pitch for the Dodgers. He was the clubs #1 pick in the recent draft and #20 overall selected.
Logan White, assistant general manager for scouting, said Withrow will pitch a "about 35-40 innings" with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers this summer.
Withrow's father, Mike, pitched in the White Sox Minor League system and was his pitching coach in school where he was was 8-1 with a 1.32 ERA, recording 90 strikeouts and eight walks in his senior year.
Scouting director Tim Hallgren said the club has signed all of its picks in the first 17 rounds except supplemental first-round pick James Adkins, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Tennessee; fifth-rounder Kyle Blair, a right-handed pitcher from Los Gatos (Calif.) High School; and 14th-rounder Devin Fuller, a right-handed pitcher from Gilbert (Ariz.) High School.

Dodger Blue Notes-- The pitching rotation for the upcoming road trip is set. Brad Penny gets the first start in Toronto, followed by Hong-Chih Kuo and Jason Schmidt, while Derek Lowe and Randy Wolf pitch the first two games at Tampa Bay. Little wanted to split left-handers Wolf and Kuo, give Lowe's arm an extra day of rest and keep Schmidt on a regular rotation. ... Reliever Yhency Brazoban (shoulder pain) tried to throw a side session Friday but experienced pain again and quickly stopped. Brazoban, who is on the disabled list, is scheduled to see a doctor on Monday. ...Coach Manny Mota was taken off the road this year, reassigned to community service work when the team was gone while continuing to assist hitters while the team was home. But now he's back on the travel squad to assist Mueller. According to club officials, Mota's absence on the road was a result of Major League Baseball's crackdown on teams dressing more than six coaches in uniform. ...Chin-hui Tsao threw off a mound for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury and now is expected to return much faster than Yhency Brazoban, who suffered a "setback" with his injured shoulder and has been shut down, with an examination scheduled for Monday. Manager Grady Little said Marlon Anderson, on an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas, has no pain in his surgically repaired elbow and is close to returning. ...Great Lakes outfielder Bridger Hunt and reliever Francisco Felix were promoted to Inland Empire, and Inland Empire reliever Ramon Troncoso was promoted to Jacksonville.

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