Sele allowed one run in seven innings Wednesday, helping the
Angels win their seventh straight game, 10-1 over the slumping
Detroit Tigers. Anaheim has won 16 of 18, the best 18-game stretch in team
history. "It's hard to say that this feels like it did last year,
because we don't know how this season will end up," Sele said.
"But the teams approach the game the same way -- one day at a time.
We don't worry about how well we have played once the next game
starts." Detroit has lost seven in a row for the second time this season
and 10 of 12. The Tigers have been outscored 19-3 in the first two
games of the series. "We need to try to avoid doing too much and make mistakes,"
Tigers starter Mark Redman said. "Getting out of this is just a
matter of being consistent. Right now, we are being consistently
bad." Sele (4-2) beat the Tigers for the second time in six days,
giving up one run and six hits in his longest outing of the season.
It was his 250th major league game. "This was certainly my most consistent start of the year," he
said. "I was able to throw quality pitches and repeat them. That's
what I haven't had this year." Redman (0-5) allowed seven runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in
six innings, dropping to 0-7 in 10 starts with the Tigers. Redman
struck out six and had three wild pitches and a balk. Redman, though, wasn't ready to take the blame for all the wild
pitches, preferring to share it with catcher Mike Rivera, who leads
the majors in passed balls. "One of my best pitches is a change-up that is out of the
strike zone that guys swing at," Redman said. "I need to be able
to throw that in any situation, but Mike was struggling to block it
tonight." Redman allowed a RBI single to Garret Anderson in the first. In the second, Bengie Molina hit a liner to right that Robert
Fick dropped for an error, then moved to third on a wild pitch.
Redman struck out the next two batters, but Jose Nieves looped an
RBI single and David Eckstein followed with a two-run homer for a
4-0 lead. After hitting grand slams in back-to-back games in April,
Eckstein hit his third of the season into the distant Comerica Park
left-field seats. "This is really just a fluke," said Eckstein, who entered the
year with four career home runs. "All of these homers have just
cleared the wall -- it isn't like I'm hitting them 30 rows deep. I
know that this isn't going to keep happening." Detroit had runners on the corners with one out in the first,
but Dmitri Young bounced into a double play. The Tigers didn't get
another hit until Michael Rivera's two-out single in the fifth. "That really helped me out," Sele said. "The ball wasn't hit
very hard, and Dmitri was wheeling down the line, but David made a
nice play and Jose made a great pivot." Anaheim made it 7-0 in the sixth, aided by some sloppy defense
from third baseman Craig Paquette. Tim Salmon started the inning
with a single off Paquette's glove, and after a bloop single by
Molina, Scott Spezio hit an RBI single past Paquette's backhand
attempt. Spezio later scored on Eckstein's single and Brad Fullmer came
home on Redman's third wild pitch. Shane Halter singled home a run in the bottom half. Detroit
could have added another run, but a diving catch by Nieves, the
second baseman, robbed Paquette of a hit. Fullmer homered off Jose Lima in the eighth. Anaheim added two
more runs in the ninth on an Anderson RBI single and a Fernando
Rodney balk. "Our goal is to keep constant pressure on every team we play,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It doesn't matter if they are
struggling or playing well. Tonight, we had some kind of the threat
in almost every inning. That's important."
Redman and Rodney committed Detroit's first two balks of
the season. ... Eckstein's homer was his third of the season, but
the first not to be a grand slam. ... The game was delayed for
several minutes in the third inning when a Redman wild pitch
bounced into the Tigers dugout. The umpires originally stopped
Molina at second but, after a Scioscia argument and a lengthy
discussion, Molina was given third base. ... The Detroit record for
wild pitches in a game is five, set by Jack Morris. ... Anaheim
only went out 1-2-3 once in the game, going down in order to Jose
Lima in the seventh.