Angels snap skid

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2003

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ramon Ortiz allowed an unearned run and three hits over seven innings as the Anaheim Angels stopped a season-high five-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3-1 Tuesday.

Ortiz (12-7) kept the Devil Rays hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Tim Salmon had two RBIs for the World Series champions. Brendan Donnelly and Troy Percival, who worked the ninth for his 21st save, completed the three-hitter.

Joe Kennedy (3-7) gave up three runs and six hits in eight innings.

Erubiel Durazo hit two homers and drove in three runs for Oakland, which handed Kansas City only its second shutout loss this year.

Eric Chavez homered and drove in three runs for the Athletics, and Adam Piatt and Ramon Hernandez hit solo homers.

Kris Wilson (5-1) lost for the first time in 34 appearances since Sept. 7, 2001, allowing six runs five earned and six hits in five innings.

Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez hit consecutive first-inning homers, with Thomas getting the 399th of his career. Carlos Lee also homered for the White Sox (50-5), who have won five straight to reach .500 for the first time since July 3.

Robert Machado also homered and B.J. Surhoff had three hits for the Orioles, who completed a 6-0 homestand.

Hank Blalock and Einar Diaz homered, and Alex Rodriguez had four hits for the Rangers, who have lost seven of nine.

Travis Driskill (3-3) allowed three hits in 3 1-3 scoreless innings. John Thomson (7-10) gave up seven runs six earned and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.

The AL West-leading Mariners stopped a three-game losing streak, which matched their season high.

Minnesota had won five straight following the All-Star break but dropped to 49-50 and fell behind Chicago into third place in the AL Central, 5 1/2 games behind division-leading Kansas City.

Bret Boone's two-run homer in the fifth against Rick Reed pulled Seattle to 7-5.

Lowe (11-4) gave up homers to Eric Munson and Dmitri Young but allowed just four other hits. The sinkerballer recorded 18 outs on grounders, struck out four and walked none. Alan Embree gave up Carlos Pena's homer in the ninth.

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