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Schoeneweis nearly goes distance in shutout win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Schoeneweis couldn't have come much
closer to his second career shutout.

Schoeneweis threw 125 pitches before Troy Percival tossed the
last four in a combined four-hitter as the Anaheim Angels beat the
Texas Rangers 3-0 Tuesday night.

Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon had RBI doubles to support
Schoeneweis (4-4), who came within one out of giving the Angels
their first complete-game shutout since Brian Cooper's three-hit
victory over Oakland on June 30, 2000.

"Nobody was pulling for Schoney more than I was,'' Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said.

The crowd of 16,810 gave Schoneweis a loud ovation when he went
to the mound in the ninth to face Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro
and Juan Gonzalez, who have hit more than 1,100 home runs combined.

Usually, the ninth is reserved for Percival, the team's career
saves leader. But he had pitched in each of the previous three
games, and Scioscia wanted to see if he could get away with keeping
Schoeneweis out there despite the fact that he'd already thrown 110
pitches.

"It was a nice feeling to be out there in the ninth in that
situation. There was definite some emotions there,'' Schoeneweis
said. "One of the things I pride myself on is durability and
having a strong arm. I've been working on a lot of things, and
they're starting to pay off.''

Schoeneweis' only other shutout came in his second major league
start. The left-hander retired Rodriguez on a foul pop, then got
Palmeiro on a flyout before walking Gonzalez on a 3-2 pitch.
Percival came on and retired former batterymate Todd Greene on a
fly to the warning track in center field.

"Schoney had some pitches left after the first two guys,''
Scioscia said. "He had a little leash there to try to see if he
could nail it down, get the shutout and save Percy. But when he
didn't, it was a decision we had to make.''

The Rangers, who weren't shut out until the 161st game last
season, already have been blanked three times this year -- all in
the last 28 games.

"Schoeneweis was outstanding,'' Texas manager Jerry Narron
said. "We weren't able to string anything together or get anything
going against him. We had one chance in the seventh, and he got a
double play to get out of it.''

Gonzalez had two singles, Rodriguez doubled and Bill Haselman
singled for the other hit off Schoeneweis, who lost four of his
previous five career decisions against Texas.

"I've always felt he's had good stuff, whether he had a good
game or a bad game against us,'' Palmeiro said. "Tonight he had
total control of the game. He had good movement on his pitchers and
he kept the ball down. He's a tough pitcher to face.''

Dave Burba (3-3), who entered 6-1 against the Angels with a 1.82
ERA, allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. The
right-hander, who leads the Texas staff with 48 strikeouts, failed
to record one for the first time this season.

Troy Glaus, who came in 2-for-18 lifetime against Burba, snapped
an 0-for-15 drought with a two-out triple high off the 18-foot wall
in right field, and Anderson doubled on the next pitch. It was the
ninth time in Burba's 11 starts that he was scored on in the
opening inning.

The Angels got a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on
doubles by Anderson and Salmon and an RBI single by Bengie Molina
that chased Burba.

Game notes
Percival made his 436th appearance, tying Chuck Finley's
club record. ... Angels reserve INF Benji Gil -- a first-round draft
pick by Texas in 1991 -- was the last shortstop picked in the
opening round by the Rangers until Tuesday, when Drew Meyer was
chosen out of the University of South Carolina. ... Schoeneweis has
allowed only one home run in 48 1-3 innings over his last seven
starts, a three-run shot by Kansas City's Mike Sweeney. ... Glaus
has four triples in 2,071 career at-bats. ... The Rangers failed to
score in the first inning for the first time in six games. ...
Texas RHP Rudy Seanez was placed on the 15-day disabled list,
retroactive to May 30, because of tendinitis in his shoulder.
Replacing him on the roster is RHP Joaquin Benoit, who was recalled
from Triple-A Oklahoma. ... The Rangers have lost 13 of 15 on the
road. ... The Angels chose LHP Joe Saunders of Virginia Tech as the
12th overall pick in the draft. In the 38-year history of the
draft, the Angels have taken a pitcher with their first pick 20
times. None of the first 11 ever pitched in the majors. ... The
Angels' 27-8 record since April 24 is the best in the majors during
that time.