Appier beats Royals for fourth time in as many starts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Beating Kansas City has lost its novelty
for Kevin Appier.

Victories like Anaheim's 11-3 win Friday night now seem almost
routine for the one-time ace of the Royals' staff. Besides, in four
career starts against his old team, Appier is 4-0.

"At first (beating the Royals) was a little bit more than a
normal game,'' said Appier, who was dealt to Oakland in 1999.

"Now there are a number of teams that are old teams for me,''
he said.

Appier, who still makes his home in Kansas City, also played
with the New York Mets before coming to Anaheim.

Appier (7-7) went six innings and gave up three runs on five
hits, including Joe Randa's solo homer and RBI double.

"It's nice to come home,'' he said. "But it's pretty much like

Scott Spiezio and Garret Anderson each drove in three runs as
the Angels won their fifth in a row and went to 18 games above .500
(53-35) for the first time since Aug. 30, 1995.

The Royals' seventh loss in nine games dropped them to 33-54 and
tied the 1970 club for the worst record after 87 games. The Royals
also committed two errors, tying Detroit with a league-high 72.

"It's frustrating,'' said Randa. "We think we feel we have to
play the perfect game to win. And when you feel that way, you put
pressure on yourself and you fall on your face. We're playing
tight. We're not trying to make mistakes, but we are.''

The Angels scored twice in the third on close plays at the plate
on David Eckstein's sacrifice fly and a single by Tim Salmon, who
was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Catcher Brent Mayne missed the tag on one play and dropped the
ball before the runner got to the plate on the other.

"You go months without a play at the plate,'' he said, "and I
botched two in one game. Nothing is going our way right now.''

Second baseman Carlos Febles' backhanded toss to shortstop Neifi
Perez on Brad Fullmer's potential double-play grounder sailed into
left field in the Angels fourth. One run scored on Bengie Molina's
infield out and another on Jeff Suppan's wild pitch.

Anderson had a two-run double in the fifth off Suppan and a solo
homer in the ninth off Brad Voyles.

Suppan (7-7) gave up nine hits and nine runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Three runs were unearned.

Salmon hit his third single with one out in the seventh and went
to third on first baseman Mike Sweeney's throwing error on
Anderson's grounder.

With the bases loaded, reliever Scott Mullen gave up an RBI
single to Shawn Wooten and a two-run single to Spiezio.

Sweeney hit a hard smash in the fourth that bounced off third
baseman Troy Glaus' chest and was scored an RBI double, then Randa
doubled into the gap in left-center to make it 4-3. Randa hit a
450-foot homer, his ninth, in the second.

The Angels lead the season series 6-1.

Game notes
An Angels spokesman said after the game that LHP Dennis
Cook would be placed on the DL effective on Saturday with a
possible torn labrum in his left shoulder. RHP Brendan Donnelly
will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... RHP Jarrod Washburn's
10-game winning streak is still four behind the Anaheim team record
set by Chuck Finley from July 1, 1997-May 2, 1998. In his 15 starts
during the streak, Washburn's ERA is 2.58. ... Eckstein is ahead of
his 2001 pace when he set a MLB rookie record by getting hit by a
pitch 21 times. He was plunked by Suppan in the first, giving him a
league-leading 13. ... Randa's home run snapped a 12-inning
scoreless streak by the Royals. ... Aaron Guiel's single in the
fourth snapped an 0-for-23 skid. ... Randa has 21 RBI in his last
27 games.