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Angels gain split of four-game Freeway Series, beating Dodgers 3-2 behind Vargas and Kendrick

  • Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton, right, and second baseman Howie Kendrick look to catch a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton, right, and second baseman Howie Kendrick look to catch a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Chris Iannetta watches his RBI double during the second inning of an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels' Chris Iannetta watches his RBI double during the second inning of an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols watches after missing a ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols watches after missing a ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

Jason Vargas completed an undefeated May with seven sharp innings, Howie Kendrick doubled twice and scored three runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Dodgers 3-2 Thursday night on Chris Nelson's tiebreaking RBI single to salvage a split of the four-game Freeway Series.

The Angels have won 10 of 12 but have gained only 3 1/2 games in the AL West standings during that stretch and still trail division-leading Texas by 8 1/2.

Vargas (5-3) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out six and walked two. The left-hander was 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA in six starts this month, after going 0-3 with a 4.85 ERA in five starts during April.

Ted Lilly (0-2) was charged with three runs, five hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings and struck out three.