The Dodgers broke through in the seventh against losing pitcher Mark Lowe after second baseman Howie Kendrick misplayed a tailor-made double-play grounder by Scott Van Slyke and had to settle for the out at first. One out later, Tim Federowicz singled home Uribe.
The Dodgers tacked on two more in the eighth against Austin Wood after Mark Ellis led off with a single. Matt Kemp drove him in with a triple down the right-field line and past a diving Shuck, and Andre Ethier followed with a sacrifice fly.
Due to Major League Baseball's realignment, which has shifted the Houston Astros to the AL after 51 seasons in the NL — thus giving each league 15 teams — the Dodgers will have only four interleague games against the Angels per season instead of six. They will all be played consecutively from May 27-30, the first two at Dodger Stadium.
NOTES: Tommy Lasorda, who just can't get managing out of his system at age 85, piloted a split squad of Dodgers in a 4-3 loss to their Class-A Rancho Cucamonga affiliate, which dedicated their clubhouse in his name. ... According to Forbes Magazine, the Dodgers have the second-highest value in Major League Baseball at $1.62 billion, and the Angels are ninth at $718 million. ... The Angels unveiled their new press box, which has been relocated from behind home plate to the right field club level. The objective was to build luxury suites where the media used to sit, creating more revenue for an organization whose opening-day payroll was reduced from $160 million to $148.5 million after OF Vernon Wells was traded to the injury-ravaged New York Yankees on Tuesday.
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