LOS ANGELES -- With their power-packed victory in Friday's confrontation with the Dodgers, their geographical rivals, the Angels fortified their reputation as Major League Baseball's preeminent road warriors.
Only the Rays, with 24 road wins this season, have more than the Angels, who are 23-19 away from Angel Stadium and 15-20 in their friendly confines. In the Mike Scioscia era, dating to 2000, the Angels have the best record in the Majors in Interleague Play: 125-82. Since 2005, Scioscia's troupe has a Major League-high 335 road wins -- eight more than the Phillies and 10 more than the Yankees.
In their past 12 dates at Dodger Stadium, Scioscia's first big league home, the Angels have made themselves right at home with nine happy endings. They are 42-25 overall against the Dodgers during Scioscia's run.
Even on a night when they run into six outs, as they did on Friday, the Angels found ways to frustrate the blue crew. They did it with power (homers by Erick Aybar and Howard Kendrick) and balanced production top to bottom, starting with a combined five hits by Maicer Izturis and Aybar in the first two spots in the order.
"We're doing a lot of things we need to do," Scioscia said of an offense that has produced double figures in hits (57 total) for five consecutive games. "In Florida, we were 2-for-26 in two games with runners in scoring position, but other than that, we've been doing a better job with situational hitting. We're also driving the ball better now."
Scioscia acknowledges that the goal in a few days will be taking this road muscle home, where the Angels have struggled offensively all season. One of the reasons is clearly all the new personnel being integrated into the lineup. Of the nine starters in Saturday's game, six were not with the Angels at this time last year. Only the top three -- Aybar, Kendrick and Bobby Abreu -- were in the clubhouse last June.
"A lot of guys are trying to get comfortable in a lot of ballparks, including our own," Scioscia said. "We're talking about the young guys -- Peter [Bourjos], Mark [Trumbo], Hank [Conger] -- and also guys like Vernon [Wells] who are trying to get comfortable in our park."