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Lights issue puts brakes on Freeway Series

Lights issue puts brakes on Freeway Series

ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers and Angels were caught in the dark a little before 10 p.m. PT on Thursday night at Angel Stadium with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the Dodgers leading, 8-4.

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The Dodgers had already scored two in the inning and had runners on first and second. The Angels were making a pitching change, bringing in Trevor Bell to replace Francisco Rodriguez, when the lights atop the right-field grandstand went out.

The rest of the stadium remained lit, and the video scoreboard and speaker systems were operational. The players were taken off the field.

When it was determined the lights would not be coming on anytime soon, umpires asked Dodgers manager Joe Torre and Angels manager Mike Scioscia if they were willing to continue under the less-than-well-lit conditions. The skippers agreed, and play resumed after an 18-minute delay.

"Mike said 'Hell, that's the way we played in the Minor Leagues," Torre said. "When we were out in the dugout it seemed darker, but when we were out in the middle of the field it was OK."

"It felt like the Minor Leagues," the Angels' Torii Hunter said. "Or Texas. It always feels dark in that park for some reason. We kind of get spoiled with the bright lights."

The Dodgers averted a series sweep and snapped their six-game skid with a 10-6 victory.

Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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