DODGER STADIUM -- Torii Hunter, nearly down for the count in the fourth inning, got up off the mat to lead the Angels to a 10-7 victory over the Dodgers today in the Freeway Series finale before a crowd of 54,122 at Dodger Stadium.
The Angels center fielder had a key run-scoring single during a three-run sixth inning and added a two-run single in the seventh before leaving the game because of tightness in his right leg.
In the fourth, Hunter slammed face-first into the wall, with his glove arm fully extended overhead and his right shoulder pointed directly into the wall, just as he made a spectacular catch of Matt Kemp's drive.
Hunter, an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, crashed into the same wall to make a superb catch Friday night, only this time it looked like the wall had struck back.
Hunter bounced off the fence and collapsed onto his back on the warning track, first clutching his left shoulder and then holding up his glove hand to show umpires he had caught the ball.
Hunter remained on the ground for several minutes as Manager Mike Scioscia, several teammates and two trainers rushed to the outfield to attend to him.
But Hunter finally got to his feet, the crowd cheering in appreciation of his effort, and he remained in the game to deliver his clutch hits that gave the Angels a 7-4 lead.
The Dodgers nearly tied the game in the eighth, but after scoring two runs to trim the lead to 7-6 and loading the bases with one out, they failed to score off Angels reliever Darren Oliver.
Orlando Hudson opened the inning with a single and took third on Casey Blake's single to left-center field. James Loney hit a sacrifice fly to left, Kemp singled and Jamie Hoffmann, who hit a three-run home run in the second inning, doubled to right to score one run and put runners on second and third.
Pinch-hitter Mark Loretta was walked intentionally to load the bases and pinch-hitter Rafael Furcal grounded to first baseman Kendry Morales, who forced Kemp at home for the second out.
Oliver then got Juan Pierre to line out to second baseman Chone Figgins, who is one of Pierre's best friends and a winter workout partner, for the final out of the inning.
The Angels sealed the win with three runs in the top of the ninth, a rally Bobby Abreu sparked with a one-out triple off the center-field wall just out of reach of Kemp, who slowed in an attempt to make a leaping catch.
Gary Matthews Jr., who replaced Hunter, was intentionally walked, and Juan Rivera rolled a slow grounder through the second-base hole for an RBI single and an 8-6 lead.
Kendry Morales hit an RBI single to right, Mike Napoli reached on an infield single to load the bases, and Erick Aybar hit a sacrifice fly to center for a 10-6 lead.
Angels closer Brian Fuentes gave up back-to-back doubles to Hudson and Blake for a run in the bottom of the ninth but got Loney and Kemp to ground out, bringing an end to the 3-hour 48-minute game.
Angels starter Matt Palmer, attempting to become only the second pitcher in franchise history to win his first six starts with the club, was in line for a loss when he was pulled with two outs and two on in the fifth inning and the Dodgers leading, 4-2.
The Dodgers bunched all five of their hits and all four of their runs off Palmer in the second, an inning that began with Blake's single, Loney's run-scoring double and Kemp's single, which put runners on first and third.
Palmer jumped ahead of Hoffmann with two strikes but hung a breaking ball, which Hoffmann drove over the left-field wall for a three-run homer and his first major league hit.
Hoffmann, who popped out of the dugout for his curtain call, gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead and became the first Dodger to homer for his first hit with the club since Chin-lung Hu in 2007.
But Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers ace who was looking to become the first National League pitcher to reach seven wins, could not hold the lead.
The Angels sliced the deficit in half in the third when Aybar led off with a bunt single and scored on Robb Quinlan's double over the head of Pierre in left field.
Quinlan, a late addition to the lineup when second baseman Howie Kendrick was scratched because of a cramp in his left hamstring, scored on Figgins' single to center.
The Angels took Palmer off the hook with their three-run rally in the sixth, which gave them a 5-4 lead.
Figgins led off with a walk, Abreu singled to right and Hunter followed with an RBI single to center. Rivera then had an RBI single to left and Morales hit a sacrifice fly to center.
Hunter also had the key hit in the seventh, a rally that was sparked by Quinlan's leadoff infield single off reliever Cory Wade. Pinch-hitter Reggie Willits struck out, but Figgins doubled into the right-field corner, putting runners on second and third.
The Dodgers walked Abreu intentionally to load the bases for Hunter, who grounded a two-run single through the shortstop hole for a 7-4 Angels lead.
The Dodgers had a defensive scare of their own in the seventh, when Hudson, the team's second baseman, was clipped in the head by the elbow of Hoffmann, the right fielder, as he caught Morales' popup in shallow right field.
Hudson remained on the ground for a minute or so but was able to remain in the game.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times