ANAHEIM — There’s an old baseball saying for what the Los Angeles Dodgers did in Angel Stadium on Friday night. They put up a “picket fence,” which was the visual on the scoreboard after they tallied single runs in five of nine innings for a 5-0 interleague victory over the Angels.
Crooked numbers can be tough to come by when your lineup looks like Matt Kemp and the seven dwarfs. Kemp entered the game with 22 home runs; the rest of the lineup — and that’s with a designated hitter — combined for 17 homers, seven by Andre Ethier.
But beggars and pitchers hungry for any scraps of support they can get can’t be choosy.
Tony Gwynn Jr. went 3 for 3 with two runs, three walks, a RBI and a stolen base.
When you’re in last place in the National League West, 10 games behind the San Francisco Giants, you take a win any way you can get one.
And when you’re 0-6 in your past seven starts despite a 3.54 earned-run average in that span, and your team scored a total of six runs in those games, you’ll gladly take five one-spots.
Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda gave up three hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking one, to earn his first victory since May 17.
Mike MacDougal threw a scoreless eighth, and Javy Guerra added a scoreless ninth to hand the Angels their 10th shutout loss of the season, one more than they had in all of 2010.
The Angels might have lost more than a game. Right fielder Torii Hunter was hit on the top of the left hand by a Kuroda pitch in the first inning and pulled from the game in the third.
Hunter, who is already playing with a bruised left rib, the result of a violent collision with a wall in Florida on June 22, was diagnosed with a bruise and sent for precautionary X-rays, the results of which were not available by game’s end.
Angels starter Tyler Chatwood hit Ethier with a pitch in the fourth, and Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah hit A.J. Ellis with a pitch in the seventh.
With two out and no one on in the bottom of the seventh, Kuroda (6-9) threw a first-pitch fastball that Mark Trumbo jackknifed to avoid.
Two pitches later, Kuroda, who had hit only one batter in 101 2⁄3 innings entering the game, drilled Trumbo on the thigh. Home-plate umpire Dale Scott issued warnings to both benches, but there were no further hostilities.
The Dodgers had 12 hits in five-plus innings against Chatwood, who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings Sunday in Dodger Stadium.
But they didn’t exactly pound the 21-year-old right-hander.
They nickel-and-dimed him, which seemed fitting for a team whose owner filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday.
The Dodgers’ first-inning run came on a Gwynn double, a Casey Blake sacrifice bunt and an Ethier sacrifice fly. Gwynn’s run-scoring single in the second was a soft flare to left. Aaron Miles’ RBI single in the third was a bloop to left.
And they got really creative in the seventh, using Dee Gordon’s speed, Gwynn’s ingenuity on the bases — and no hits — to steal a run. Gordon swiped second and home.