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Angels 4, Nationals 3: Three Up, Three Down

ANAHEIM -- The Angels continued to breeze through the interleague portion of their schedule, cooling off the Washington Nationals -- and ruining Davey Johnson's managerial return -- with a 4-3 win in 10 innings Monday night. Maicer Izturis singled up the middle with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run.

The Angels are 9-4 against the National League this season.

The Good:

Peter, rabbit. This was the kind of game Peter Bourjos and his batting average desperately needed. Bourjos had his second four-hit game, including the double to set up the winning rally. Bourjos got his average -- which took a beating in May -- up to a respectable .264. With his defensive skills, that's about the neighborhood the Angels need him to be in.

Santana's poise. It didn't look good for Ervin Santana after he gave up his 16th home run this season in the second inning. It looked worse for him after he gave up his 17th in the fourth. But they were both solo shots and Santana pitched masterfully aside from those up-in-the-zone fastballs. Again, he didn't get much run support and he still hasn't won a game since May 25.

Getting on. Only four batters in the American League have gotten on base more regularly than Bobby Abreu this season. He continued to set the table exquisitely, getting on four times, twice by base hit, scoring a run and stealing a bag. The problem has been getting him in.

The Bad:

Low yields. This game bore some similarities to one of the games in Florida last week: lots of hits, not a lot of runs. Through nine innings, the Angels had 13 hits and five walks, but only scored three times. They just kept leaving clusters of runners on base, 11 in all.

The Bobby Wilson embargo. OK, so he's not Pudge Rodriguez or Johnny Bench. But he has done enough to deserve more playing time than he's getting, which is virtually none. Caught in a three-catcher crunch, Wilson started just his sixth game (in the Angels' 80th). Despite that, he helped get Santana through eight strong innings and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a single to left.

Blown saves. Jordan Walden has been as inconsistent as you would expect a rookie closer to be. He had saved 10 straight chances before blowing his last three. He grooved a first-pitch fastball to Danny Espinosa and the rookie from Long Beach State and Mater Dei High sent a towering drive into the right-field seats to tie the game in the ninth. It was Espinosa's 15th home run, which would lead the Angels, by the way.