ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Every time it looks as if the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting unstuck, they hit another snag.
They managed to cool off the Los Angeles Angels by snapping their eight-game winning streak with a couple of energetic wins at Dodger Stadium earlier this week. Then, they got on the freeway and hit heavy traffic.
They lost two tough, one-run games at Angel Stadium -- Thursday's by a 3-2 score -- and they're right back where they started, eight games under .500 and mired in last place in the NL West.
Had the Dodgers managed to win one of these two games in Anaheim, they would have won their first season series against the Angels since 2006. Because of realignment, the Dodgers and Angels don't play again this season.
The Dodgers got a second straight nice outing from veteran Ted Lilly, who got into the sixth inning and gave up three runs and five hits. It was a bit of bad luck that helped the Angels push the go-ahead run across. Chris Nelson hit a slow roller that reliever Ronald Belisario deflected to second baseman Mark Ellis, who had no play at first. Howie Kendrick scored from third on the infield hit to give the Angels a 3-2 lead.
Against lefty Jason Vargas, who had been on a roll, and without Matt Kemp, the Dodgers fielded a hodge-podge lineup. Ramon Hernandez, batting .111 coming in, was the designated hitter. Scott Van Slyke, Jerry Hairston Jr. and newly arrived catcher Tim Federowicz all played.
The Dodgers scraped across a couple of runs early, with Carl Crawford scoring after leading off the game with a triple and Hernandez hitting his second home run with the Dodgers. After that, it was quiet. Vargas won his sixth straight decision.