Lefty Saunders Leads Angels Over Dodgers

Guerrero adds two RBI without a single hit in battle of SoCal
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2008 3:22 AM CDT
Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar, right, runs out a third strike as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Gary Bennett prepares to throw to first base in the fourth inning on Friday, May 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Joe Saunders bounced back from his lone loss of the year and Vladimir Guerrero drove in two runs without a hit to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Friday night. Saunders (7-1) held the Dodgers to two runs in 7 1-3 innings, giving up five hits, walking two and striking out one.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 17th save in 18 chances. The Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda (1-3) allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five. The Dodgers’ Andre Ethier hit his fourth homer of the season to trim the deficit to 3-2 in the seventh.