Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Anaheim won 2-0

Game 1: Tuesday, May 14
Anaheim 9Final
Detroit 2
Game 2: Wednesday, May 15
Anaheim 10Final
Detroit 1
Game 3: Thursday, May 16
Anaheim Postponed
Detroit

Angels 10

(22-16, 11-6 away)

Tigers 1

(11-27, 7-9 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 15, 2002

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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W: A. Sele (4-2)

L: M. Redman (0-5)

Eckstein powers Angels to seventh straight win

DETROIT (AP) -- After playing last season with the record-setting Seattle Mariners, Aaron Sele feels right at home with the Anaheim Angels.

Aaron Sele
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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."

Game notes


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.

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