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Washburn strikes out 10 in six innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn had a simple explanation for
his career-high 10 strikeouts.

"Maybe because in the beginning I was so wild that they were
surprised when I threw strikes,'' he said after the Anaheim Angels
beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 Saturday night.

Darin Erstad had four hits and drove in three runs, Adam Kennedy
doubled twice and singled, and Brad Fullmer homered as the Angels
finished with 16 hits.

Washburn (7-2) pitched out of several jams, working around eight
hits and four walks before departing after six innings.

"Luckily I was able to make some pitches and get out of it,''
Washburn said. "And the guys put up a lot of runs for me, and that
really helps.''

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was satisfied.

"He really worked for it, didn't have his best stuff,'' he
said. "He left it all out on the pitching mound tonight. I was
glad he could just finish the six.

"He made some outstanding pitches when he had to because they
had baserunners all over tonight. He did a terrific job.''

Anaheim took a 1-0 in the first on Tim Salmon's RBI single. The
Brewers scored a run in the bottom half on Jeffrey Hammonds' RBI
single, but also had two runners thrown out on the bases.

The Angels went ahead 3-1 in the second on doubles by Kennedy
and David Eckstein and a single by Erstad against Jose Cabrera
(3-5). Cabrera threw 55 pitches in the first two innings and left
after throwing 90 in four innings.

Fullmer homered for the second straight game for a 4-1 lead in
the third. Bengie Molina followed with a drive to center field and
Hammonds leaped at the wall.

Though replays showed that the ball struck the top of the fence
before caroming directly into Hammonds' glove, it was ruled a
catch. Manager Mike Scioscia briefly argued the call with umpires.

Erstad's third straight single scored Kennedy, who had doubled,
for a 5-1 lead in the fourth.

The Brewers scored once in their fourth on a pinch-hit single by
Mark Loretta before Washburn struck out Ronnie Belliard with the
bases loaded to end the inning.

Salmon had a RBI single in the sixth. Erstad drove in a run with
an infield single and Garret Anderson had a sacrifice fly in the
seventh for an 8-2 lead.

Washburn had another career first by striking out the side in
both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fifth, Hammonds led off
with a triple and Washburn struck out the next three batters.

"It was just a fluke tonight because I'm not a strikeout
pitcher,'' Washburn said. "When a guy leads off with a triple,
nine times out of 10 he's going to score. I was just trying to get
outs and allow the (one) run.''

Washburn enjoyed his first start in his home state and estimated
about 200 fans were on hand just to see him pitch.

"It feels kind of good to come home and pitch in front of
friends and family,'' he said.

Milwaukee manager Jerry Royster applauded the effort of
Washburn.

"That kid was good,'' said Royster, who was unhappy about his
team striking out five times with a runner at third and less than
two out. "Not only did we not get a hit, but we didn't even put
the ball in play.

"Anytime you're throwing fastballs by guys, the guy has to have
good stuff. He did it consistently with two strikes.''

Game notes
Prior to the game, a moment of silence was observed in
memory of Darryl Kile, the St. Louis pitcher who died Saturday in
Chicago. ... Anderson has 26 doubles and is on a pace to hit 60.
The club record is 42. ... Milwaukee 3B Tyler Houston is hitting
.490 this month (25-51) and .600 (18-30) in his last eight games,
which included five three-hit games. He didn't start against the
left-handed Washburn. ... The Brewers, who left the AL in 1998, are
1-6 in interleague play this season. ... Milwaukee has been
outscored 21-5 in the first four innings of the last three games.