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Branyan Home Run Lifts Angels Over Dodgers, Into Tie For First Place

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.

For more news and information on tonight's game, or on the two teams, be sure to read the SB Nation blogs Halos Heaven and True Blue LA.