ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels just got Torii Hunter back after his painful collision with the right field wall. Now he's hurting again after being hit on his left hand by a pitch.
The Angels' offense was hurting, too, in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of the second Freeway Series on Friday night. And manager Mike Scioscia was plenty annoyed at the mention of Hiroki Kuroda's name.
Kuroda gave up three hits in seven innings, Tony Gwynn Jr. reached base a career-high six times and Aaron Miles had four hits, including an RBI single, for the Dodgers.
Kuroda hit Hunter in the first and the right fielder left the game after the second with a bruise on top of his left hand. X-rays were negative and he had a CT scan. The results weren't available after the game and Hunter was to be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Hunter had returned Monday after being out since June 22, when he collided with the wall during a catch at Florida.
Kuroda had hit just one batter in 101 2-3 innings coming into the game. He also hit Mark Trumbo in the seventh.
``You'd like to give guys the benefit of the doubt, but he almost hit Mark with his first pitch. He got out of the way of it, and Mark was way off the plate,' Scioscia said. ``The second time, it was a laser right at him. So I think the intent was obvious there.'
Asked about hitting two batters, Kuroda replied: ``They're all accidents.'
Kuroda (6-9) struck out four and walked one to end a career-worst six-game losing skid. The right-hander won for the first time since May 17. He made seven starts and received just six runs of support despite a solid 3.54 ERA since May 22.
``He was changing speeds with his fastball and his breaking ball, just kind of living down in the zone,' said Vernon Wells, who was hitless in four at_bats. ``That's the recipe for a good pitching performance.'
The Dodgers backed Kuroda with a run in each of the first four innings, including two with two outs, on their way to ending a two-game losing streak.
Dee Gordon stole home on the front end of a double steal for the Dodgers, who lost two of three against the Angels last weekend at Chavez Ravine. Gwynn went 3 for 3 with three walks.
``They pressured us all night on the defensive end and we didn't do some of the things we needed to do,' Scioscia said.
Rookie Tyler Chatwood (5-5) gave up 12 hits and four runs in five-plus innings. The right-hander struck out one and walked two to lose for the first time in four career interleague starts.
``I had runners on every inning,' he said. ``When you give up 10 singles in a game, that's not fun. But you've just got to go out there and battle to keep the team in the game. I thought I did pretty good damage control.'
Chatwood beat the Dodgers 6-1 last Saturday in his previous start, when Kuroda was the losing pitcher.
``I don't think he was as crisp as we saw him last week, and he definitely was not putting guys away the way he can,' Scioscia said. ``He was behind in a lot of counts, and it didn't look like his curveball was as sharp as it's been either. But he battled and kept us in the game. We just couldn't pressure them on the offensive side to get back into the game.'
Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly scored Gwynn, who doubled to open the game. Gwynn's RBI single in the second and Miles' run-scoring hit in the third - both with two outs - made it 3-0. Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly scored Gwynn with the bases loaded in the fourth.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 5-0 in the seventh when Gordon became the first player to steal home for them since Paul Lo Duca on June 24, 2004. Gwynn stole second on the play after evading the tag by Maicer Izturis on a rundown.
The Angels advanced just three runners to third base, only one against Kuroda.
NOTES: The Dodgers stranded a season-high 16 runners. ... Plate umpire Dale Scott warned both benches after a fourth batter was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Two players from each team were hit. ... The Angels were shut out for an AL-leading 10th time this season, one more than last year. ... Fernando Valenzuela threw out the first pitch to Scioscia, who got into a semi-crouch. Valenzuela made 239 starts with Scioscia as his starting catcher when both starred for the Dodgers, going 104-87 with a 3.31 ERA in that stretch. Valenzuela spent 11 seasons with the Dodgers and one with the Angels in 1991.
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