Angels beat Dodgers, 3-1; Russell Branyan has two-run homer
Billingsley entered the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead but the right-hander then unraveled. The Angels tied the score when Bobby Abreu doubled, moved to third base on Billingsley’s wild pitch and scored when Vernon Wells grounded out.
Billingsley then hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch and, one out later, Branyan slugged his home run into the center field stands in front of an announced 42,536. It was Branyan’s first homer since he joined the Angels on May 26.
Billingsley (7-7) gave up only three hits in eight innings but took the loss. Santana (4-8) picked up the victory after going winless in his previous six starts.
The Dodgers scored first when shortstop Rafael Furcal, newly activated from the disabled list, singled off Santana in the sixth inning.
Furcal then stole second base and later scored when Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos couldn’t handle James Loney’s sinking fly ball that went for a double.
-- Jim Peltz
Photo: Angels starter Ervin Santana. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times