Of Andre Ethier's nine seasons in the major leagues, this has probably been the most difficult.

On most nights, Ethier watches from the bench as Carl Crawford or Scott Van Slyke starts instead of him in left field.

Ethier was offered a rare moment to celebrate Tuesday night, as his weakly hit grounder in the ninth inning resulted in a throwing error that allowed Juan Uribe to score the winning run in the Dodgers' 5-4, walk-off victory over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

"It's not the prettiest of ways to win, but it counts all the same," Ethier said.

Ethier has started only once in the Dodgers' last 12 games. He is batting a career-low .241 and has only four home runs.

But with the score tied, 4-4, and runners on the corners, Manager Don Mattingly called on him to pinch-hit for closer Kenley Jansen.

"Put the ball in play," Ethier recalled thinking. "Put a quality at-bat together. You don't want to strike out."