Dodgers 5, Angels 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Eric Karros had one thing on his mind, and one thing only, when he came up to the plate with one out in the ninth inning to face hard-throwing Anaheim Angels reliever Troy Percival.
``I’m up there trying to do one thing, and that’s hit the ball out,″ Karros admitted after doing just that to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night. ``I’m looking for something I can drive.
``I’m sitting on a fastball, and he threw one.″
Karros’ home run, on a 1-0 pitch from Percival (2-4), was the 19th of the season for Karros and his fourth in four games. Karros hit the homer over the right-center field fence _ something out of the ordinary for him.
``I’m swinging (the bat) well, I’m getting lucky right now,″ said Karros, who hit nine homers in June and already has three in July.
Scott Radinsky (3-1), who retired the only batter he faced in the eighth, earned the victory. Todd Worrell, the fifth Dodgers pitcher, blanked the Angels in the bottom of the ninth for his 18th save.
The win was the fifth in nine interleague games for the Dodgers and their third in as many games against the Angels, who are 2-7 in interleague play. One of the other Los Angeles wins came when Todd Zeile homered against Percival in the ninth.
``That’s twice that they’ve beaten me, and I don’t take to that well,″ Percival said. ``This time, they beat me because I threw a pitch right over the middle of the plate to a strong man.″
The Dodgers took a 4-3 lead off Mike James in the eighth on an RBI single by Tripp Cromer, but the Angels tied it in their half of the inning on a run-scoring single by Luis Alicea off Darren Hall.
The game was delayed for five minutes in the fourth after Dodgers starter Chan Ho Park threw a pitch high and tight to Angels outfielder Tony Phillips, who had homered and driven in a season-high three runs earlier in the game.
Phillips, who finished with a season-high four hits, yelled at Park and started toward the mound, but was headed off by catcher Tom Prince. First baseman Karros quickly separated Phillips and Prince, and at that point, players, coaches and managers from both teams crowded around the home-plate area.
There appeared to be a lot of pushing and shoving, but it was unclear if any punches were thrown, and there were no ejections.
``That was a great baseball game to me,″ Phillips said. ``I like the emotions flowing, I like the battles, I like the pushing and shoving. If it comes to punching, that’s fine, too. That’s baseball.
``I’m not mad at anybody. It’s part of the game.″
Park said he wasn’t throwing at Phillips, just trying to pitch inside.
``It almost hit him, I understand him,″ Park said. ``I don’t want to hurt anybody or get hurt.″
Phillips hit Park’s third pitch of the game for his fourth homer, and his two-out single drove in two unearned runs in the second to give the Angels a 3-0 lead.
Two batters after Phillips homered, Park hit Jim Edmonds with a pitch, and he also hit Tim Salmon with a pitch in the third.
Angels starter Jason Dickson, chosen to the AL team for next Tuesday night’s All-Star Game earlier in the day, threw a pitch high and tight while pitching to Zeile in the second, and it hit Zeile’s bat.
There were no incidents when the Dodgers swept a two-game series with the Angels at Dodger Stadium two weeks ago.
The Dodgers cut Anaheim’s lead to 3-2 with two unearned runs in the fourth, thanks to errors by third baseman Dave Hollins and shortstop Gary DiSarcina, and tied the game in the fifth on an RBI single by Mike Piazza.
Park allowed four hits and three runs, one earned, in 5 2-3 innings. He walked four, struck out four and hit two batters. Dickson gave up 11 hits and three runs, one earned, in six innings. He walked none and struck out five.
Notes: The leadoff homer by Phillips was his second of the year and the 26th of his career. ... The game was attended by a sellout crowd of 34,507 _ the second sellout at Anaheim Stadium this season. ... Rookie Dodgers second baseman Wilton Guerrero, who left Tuesday night’s game against Texas after injuring his left shoulder while swinging and missing a pitch in the seventh inning, didn’t play. He is listed as day-to-day. ... Piazza served as his team’s designated hitter against the Angels and is expected to do so again Thursday night when the teams complete their two-game series. ... Piazza singled to start the fourth, extending his hitting streak to nine games. ... There were seven errors in the game, four by the Angels. ... James, who pitched 1 1-3 innings and allowed one run, was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game because of an inflamed right elbow. He was replaced on the roster by catcher Todd Greene, who was recalled from Class-AAA Vancouver, where he had 25 homers and 75 RBIs.