A two-run home run by Russell Branyan in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Angels to a 3-1 win over the Dodgers in the finale of the three-game Freeway Series in Anaheim. The win gave the Angels a series win in all six series against National League opponents this season and, coupled with the loss by Texas, pulled the Angels into a first-place tie in the American League West.
Ervin Santana pitched 7 2/3 strong innings allowing just one run, picking up his fourth win of the season. He allowed six hits and one walk while striking out eight. Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 19th save of the season.
Chad Billingsley was stingy outside of a three-run seventh inning, allowing just three hits on the game, and three runs. He pitched eight innings, taking the complete game loss, evening his record at 7-7 on the season. The Angels won both of their series against the Dodgers this season, and finished the interleague portion of their schedule with a 13-5 record against the National League, tied with the Yankees for the top interleague mark in baseball.