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Angels: LA’s Top Team Tonight

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In the second game of this weekend’s Freeway Series, Anaheim’s Angels beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 at a near full Dodger Stadium to drop the Dodgers to second places in the N.L. West, one game behind the San Diego Padres.

Scott Kazmir earned the win (6-5,) holding the Dodgers to two runs and six hits over five innings. His team’s offense in the the fourth and fifth innings were all it took to hand rookie right-hander John Ely his third loss of the season (3-3.)

“You want to beat your American League crosstown rival pretty bad,” said John Ely (LAist Profile) after the defeat.

He gave up six hits and four earned runs over five innings. The game’s difference was the Juan Rivera-home run allowed in the fourth inning that scored Rivera and Torii Hunter.

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“It wasn’t a bad pitch,” said Ely of the fastball that Rivera drove deep into the Dodger bullpen. “It was just the wrong pitch.”

Said manager Joe Torre of Ely’s two consecutive losses: “He’ll get back. I thought he was better this time than last time.”

The Dodgers only offense came in the fifth courtesy of catcher Russell Martin whose double scored Jamey Carroll and Rafael Furcal. Martin finished the day 2-4.

In the seventh, the Dodgers had their best chance of the night when relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen walked Jamey Carroll, gave up a pinch single to former Angel star Garret Anderson and walked Russell Martin. Andre Ethier struck out, Matt Kemp grounded out, and the Dodgers weren't able to convert the loaded bases into any runs.

“We had an opportunity with the middle of the batting order,” said Torre of his sluggers' unproductive night at the plate. “We had our opportunity to do some stuff, but we really weren’t able to.”

The Dodgers bullpen held the Angels to four scoreless innings. Pitching the sixth and seventh innings, Ramon Troncoso allowed just one hit. Ronald Belisario gave up two hits across the eighth and ninth innings.

Follow Caleb Bacon on Twitter @thecalebbacon.