"At times, he'd bend, but didn't break," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had some great stuff against a good lineup, and he gave us a chance to end our game by holding them down after we got down 1-0. We were able to put four runs up to give Kelvim a little bit of space to work in."Leading, 5-2, in the seventh, the Angels scored three more insurance runs on the strength of a two-run single by Figgins and a single by Kendrick to extend the lead to 8-2 and effectively bolt the door on any hopes for a Dodgers rally. Kendrick and Cabrera led the Halos with three hits each while combining for three RBIs. "We played our game," Scioscia said. "We pressured them enough that we had a lot of opportunities. That's our game. We're not going to drive the ball out of the park and just outslug a lot of teams. We have to combine the situational hitting with the baserunning and the team concept approach offensively. When we can get into that, we can score runs." Gary Matthews Jr. recorded his first inside-the-park home run -- 25th in club history -- in the eighth after Dodgers rookie James Loney crashed into the right-field wall in a courageous attempt to remedy his team's already insurmountable deficit. Loney lay motionless for several minutes as team doctors attempted to determine the severity of his injuries. He would leave the game with what was determined to be a bruised right knee. "That was scary," Scioscia said. "The kid's playing hard, going after a ball and obviously, your first thought is a head injury or a neck injury. It's very, very scary. It's tough. A knee [injury] is never good, but considering what could've happened, hopefully it'll be the lesser of two evils." The Halos will begin a nine-game homestand on Monday. They will conclude Interleague Play in a pair of three-game series against Houston and Pittsburgh, before facing off against Kansas City, their first American League opponent since June 6 against Minnesota.
Larry Santana is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.