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Wooten's homer is only offense Angels need

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn psyches himself up by
thinking about the last time he lost, working up a good anger.

Fortunately, he's got a long memory.

The Anaheim left-hander pitched six shutout innings Thursday
night, leading the Angels past Kansas City 1-0 for his 10th
straight victory, the longest streak in the majors this year.

"I don't like to lose,'' he said. "I think about my last loss
and get mad.''

The 27-year-old Washburn (10-2) hasn't lost since Oakland beat
him last April 13 -- 15 starts ago. He hasn't been scored upon in 17
straight innings since Ivan Rodriguez
homered for Texas on June 27.

"I just concentrate on whoever I'm pitching against,'' he said.
"Bengie Molina did a great job calling the game. He caught me
coming up through the minor leagues. We just continue to get better
together.''

The Angels' lone run came when Shawn Wooten homered in his
second at-bat of the season.

Wooten injured a thumb ligament in spring training and had spent
the season on the disabled list and in rehabilitation assignments
at Triple-A Salt Lake and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Arriving just a couple of hours before the game, he singled in
his first at-bat, then homered in the sixth.

"I was pretty nervous my first at-bat, like it was my big
league debut,'' said Wooten.

"My second at-bat I just told myself to relax and see some
pitches and just do what I've done since I started playing
professional baseball. I got a good pitch to hit and put a good
swing on it.''

Washburn allowed three hits in six innings, struck out three and
walked two, lowering his ERA from 3.21 to 3.04 and outdueling
Darrell May (2-6), who pitched his first complete game in 16 major
league starts.

Ben Weber allowed one hits in 1 2/3 innings, Scott Schoenweis
got the final out of the eighth and Troy Percival finished the
four-hitter for his 22nd save in 24 chances, his 14th in a row.

"It stinks,'' May said when asked how it felt to pitch so well
but still lose.

"I pitched well, so I'm not going to dwell on the fact I
lost,'' said May, who gave up only six hits and struck out five.
"I'll take what I did good out of this outing and prepare for my
next one.''

Washburn was sympathetic.

"He threw a great game. He probably threw better than me,'' he
said. "He went nine innings. I only went six.''

A great throw to the plate from Tim Salmon in right field proved
decisive. A.J. Hinch singled with two outs in the third and stole
second and then tried to score on Carlos Febles'
single.

"You want to challenge everyone, but Salmon has a good arm,''
said Hinch. "In hindsight, I wish Febles had hit it a little
softer.''

Carlos Beltran walked leading off the ninth, and stole second.
Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa flied out, and Raul Ibanez struck out.

Kansas City was shut out for the 11th time, the most in the
major leagues.

Sweeney went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .357 as Seattle's
Ichiro Suzuki took over the AL lead at .358.

Game notes
Oakland's Barry Zito and Arizona's Curt Schilling each won
nine straight decisions earlier this season. ... Once they're done
with this four-game set against the fourth-place Royals, the Angels
play Minnesota, Oakland, Seattle, Boston and New York. ... The
Royals agreed to terms with first-round pick Zack Greinke, a high
school right-hander who was the fifth pitcher drafted in June. ...
Anaheim optioned RHP Matt Wise to Triple-A Salt Lake City. ... The
Royals purchased the contract of RHP Ryan Bukvich from Triple-A
Omaha and designated RHP Cory Bailey for assignment. Bukvich, 24,
was 1-0 with eight saves and a 0.00 ERA in 12 games at Omaha. ... A
fan behind the visitor's dugout held up a sign that said, "There
is no tying in baseball.'' ... Michael Tucker got a pinch double
off Weber in the seventh when CF Darin Erstad lost the ball in the
lights. It was the Royals' first pinch-hit for extra bases this
season.