The Los Angeles Angels managed to secure a split of the Freeway Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, thanks in part to sharp pitching by Angels starter Justin Vargas for the 3-2 win.
The Dodgers struck first against Vargas when Adrian Gonzales hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Carl Crawford for the 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Angels struck back against Dodger starter Ted Lilly when Chris Iannetta doubled to center that scored Howie Kendrick for the 1-1 tie.
In the fourth inning Alberto Callaspo gave the Angels the 2-1 lead, when he knocked in an RBI single that scored Kendrick. Kendrick connected on an unbelievable triple on the previous at bat.
The Dodgers fought back in the next inning when Ramon Hernandez went deep to left center for the solo home run and the 2-2 tie.
With Kendrick and Iannetta on base in the sixth inning, Dodger reliever Ronald Belisario gave up an RBI single to the newly acquired Chris Nelson for the 3-2 lead.
Nelson was picked up off waiver from the New York Yankees and made his debut for the at designed hitter for the Angels.
Lilly was given an early exit in the sixth inning by manager Don Mattingly after he walked Iannetta.
“I gave up a double to Kendrick. I had Iannetta and ended up letting that at-bat get away. I had him 1-2 and didn’t put him away. The objective is not just to feel good at this point. The objective was to get the job done,” said Ted Lilly.
Angels closer Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect ninth inning and picked up his 12th save for the Angels victory.
Ted Lilly (0-2) gave up five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings of work with three strike outs.
Justin Vargas (5-3) finished with six strike outs and two walks, along with finishing 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA in the month of May.
“There wasn’t anything I tried to change or do differently. I’m just being more consistent,” Vargas spoke about his performance.
For the second straight time the Angels were without Josh Hamilton who sat out due to back spasms.
Matt Kemp was placed on the 15 day DL due to a right hamstring injury.