Halos' Santana has striking final tuneup
Righty fans nine in 4 2/3 innings; Hunter rips third homer
ANGELS 4, DODGERS 3
at Angel Stadium
Friday, April 2
Angels at the plate: Torii Hunter hit an opposite-field home run in the fourth inning for his third home run of Spring Training. Hideki Matsui then singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera after Kendry Morales doubled. Cory Aldridge led off the ninth inning with a triple and scored the tying run on a double by Peter Bourjos, who scored the winning run on an error by Chin-lung Hu at shortstop.Dodgers at the plate: Rafael Furcal led off the game with a double and scored on a single by Russell Martin. Reed Johnson hit his second home run of the preseason with a solo shot in the second inning. Furcal and Johnson had two hits each. Angels on the mound: Right-hander Ervin Santana had electric stuff as evidenced by his nine strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings but also had some command issues as he surrendered three walks and allowed two runs on five hits. But it was still a positive outing for Santana, whose wicked slider kept Dodgers hitters guessing at the plate. Dodgers on the mound: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw cruised through the first three innings before running into some trouble in the fourth when he allowed a home run to Hunter and a double to Morales, which led to another run. But Kershaw was solid in his four innings of work, allowing just three hits and two runs along with five strikeouts and two walks. Carlos Monasterios threw a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.69 this spring and Jeff Weaver tossed two scoreless innings. Worth noting: Dodgers left fielder Garret Anderson, who owns the Angels franchise records for hits, runs, RBIs and games played, was given a loud ovation when he made his first plate appearance in the first inning. It was the first time Anderson played at Angel Stadium since he parted ways with the club after the 2008 season. Anderson later doubled in his final at-bat in the fifth inning and was greeted with applause again when he was removed for a pinch-runner. Up next: After hosting the Dodgers on Friday, the Angels travel north to Dodger Stadium to face their Freeway Series rivals at 1:10 p.m. PT on Saturday. Right-hander Joel Pineiro will take the mound for the Angels in his final tuneup of the preseason. Catcher Jeff Mathis is also expected to make his first start since his left hand was hit by a pitch on Tuesday. It's the last exhibition game for the Angels before they host the Twins for Opening Day on Monday.
For the Dodgers, right-hander Chad Billingsley will be making his fifth and final preseason start as he hopes to build on his strong Cactus League showing in Arizona, where he had a 1.84 ERA over 14 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are expected to rest a few regulars during the day game including Manny Ramirez while catcher Martin is expected to serve as the club's designated hitter to get more at-bats before the Dodgers play in Pittsburgh on Opening Day.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.