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  Saturday, Jul. 15 4:10pm ET
Park's seven walks help Angels

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels are going to have to do more than win four of six games against the Los Angeles Dodgers every year to replace them in the hearts -- and wallets -- of Southern California's baseball fans.

Seth Etherton
Angels rookie Seth Etherton pitched six innings and allowed one run.

And they know it.

"We've got to win a World Series. When that happens, things will take a turn for the best for us," Angels first baseman Mo Vaughn said after Saturday's 6-2 victory. "We're trying to make a name for ourselves. And until we do that, that's the way it's going to be. But I don't think we feel inferior to anybody."

The Angels came within one pitch of making it to the World Series in 1986, but have never finished in first place since then. That's the closest they've come to upstaging the Dodgers in their 40-year rivalry.

"I don't think it's ever going to be taken away from the Dodgers because of all the tradition," said Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, whose two home runs in the 1988 World Series helped the Dodgers win their last championship.

"But if these guys get into the playoffs a few years in a row, I think the interest will be there. But we have to win to do that. If the press, media or whatever don't want to take off on the Angels, we're still going to have a good season. We've got a lot of great fans down there. So we're really on the right track."

Rookie Seth Etherton (4-1) won his fourth consecutive start and Bengie Molina drove in three runs as the Angels took two of three at Dodger Stadium.

Etherton allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits over six innings in his seventh career start and first for the Angels since beating Minnesota on June 23 at Edison Field. The right-hander was demoted to Triple-A Edmonton right after that game to make room on the roster for Kent Bottenfield.

The Angels built a 3-0 lead in the first two innings against Chan Ho Park (9-7) on RBI doubles by Tim Salmon and Orlando Palmeiro and Molina's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

Park, who has lost three consecutive starts after winning his previous five decisions, was lifted after 109 pitches in five innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and tied a season high with seven walks.

"Pitching is going to dictate how far you're going to go. I've never seen a team win with lousy pitching," Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros said. "We're struggling a little bit, pitching-wise, and we haven't been clicking offensively -- which makes for a real bad-looking team. And that's where we're at right now."

After the Dodgers stranded the tying run at third base in the fifth, the Angels loaded the bases in the sixth against Antonio Osuna on Darin Erstad's leadoff double and two-out walks to Salmon and Troy Glaus. Molina followed with a two-run single for a 5-2 lead.

Glaus, who homered in all three games against the Dodgers, drove an 0-1 pitch from Matt Herges down the left-field line in the eighth for Anaheim's final run.

Erstad had two hits, raising his major league-leading hit total to 149 -- one more than he had all of last season in 585 at-bats.

Gary Sheffield, who had no homers in his final eight games before the All-Star break, homered for the fourth time in three games since the three-day hiatus to trim Anaheim's lead to 3-1 in the third.

"He's imposing at the plate," Etherton said. "He stands so close to the plate and his hands are so quick inside, you just hope you make the right pitch at the right time. I went 3-2 on him and he crushed it. I'm just glad I'm not the only one who's giving them up to him."

Sheffield's homer was his major league-leading 31st of the season and sixth against the Angels in 15 at-bats -- one more than in his previous 141 career at-bats against them.

"Next time, we're going to try the one-hop cricket pitch and see if that's going to work against him," Angels manager Mike Scioscia joked. "Fortunately, we held the rest of their lineup in check and got out of here with a couple of wins."

Game notes
Kevin Brown's stiff right shoulder was examined Saturday by Dr. Frank Jobe, who did not consider it necessary to give the Dodgers' ace an MRI. "I don't think it's anything serious, and I think that he probably won't miss a start," Jobe said. ... This year marked only the third time since 1985 that the Dodgers and Angels have had winning records at the All-Star break, including 1991 and 1997. The two Southern California rivals have not led their respective divisions at the All-Star break in the same season since '85, when the Dodgers won the NL West and the Angels finished second behind Kansas City in the AL West. ... The Dodgers finished their interleague schedule with a 6-9 record. The Angels are 10-5 against with three games left, beginning Sunday at San Diego. ... Despite the loss, the Dodgers are 11-9 against the Angels during four seasons of interleague play, including 2-4 this season against Anaheim.

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