The game had been deadlocked at 1-1 since the second inning, when Aybar hit a homer leading off the ninth against Kenley Jansen (4-2). Ernesto Frieri was called on to protect the one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but he walked A.J. Ellis to open the inning and gave up a single to James Loney that moved Ellis to third.
Juan Uribe next hit a grounder to short and Ellis tried to score on the play. The throw home was in time, however, leaving the Angels in front with Dodgers still on second and third.
The win went to veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins (1-1), who worked the eighth. Hawkins is in his first year with the Angels, his ninth team in an 18-year career.