Two Angels Runs In Ninth Beats L.A 4-3

Major League players have been tired of exhibition games for (at least) the last two weeks but owners found that they can draw big crowds even if the games don't really count, so the 25-30 game schedule will not change any time soon. The L.A. Angels scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to drop the Dodgers 4-3 in the penultimate game of the long pre-season.

Dodgers left fielder Garret Anderson, who holds the Angels franchise records for hits, runs, RBIs and games played, was given a great ovation when he made his first plate appearance in the first inning. He doubled in in the fifth and got another big hand when he was removed for a pinch-runner.

Clayton Kershaw started and sailed through three innings before allowing a home run by Torii Hunter. He gave up three hits and two runs while striking out five.

Ervin Santana reached the fifth for the Angeles but he, too, allowed a pair of runs but struck out nine.

From that time on, it was up to the bullpens of the two clubs and with the Dodgers scoring one in the sixth, it looked like they would earn the win until Miller gave up a single, double and triple to lose it.

Rafael Furcal broke out of the spring-long slump to collect a single and a double and Russell Martin had a pair of singles. Outfielder Reed Johnson, Juan Pierre's replacement, singled and banged his second home run.

Carlos Monasterios worked a scoreless inning, Jeff Weaver added two more and Jonathan Broxton worked the eighth before Miller arrived on the mound. A triple, a double and Chin-Lun Hu's error ended the contest.

Today the Angels travel to Dodger Stadium in the final exhibtion game of the spring. Chad Billingsley will be making his fifth and final preseason start. He has had a great Cactus League showing and boasts a 1.84 ERA over 14.2 innings.

The Dodgers play at Pittsburgh on Opening Day Tuesday.

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