Salmon drove in five runs, hitting a grand slam during a six-run
fourth inning, and the Angels coasted to an 11-2 win over the
Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Salmon's homer, his 18th of the season and sixth career slam,
came off reliever Matt Ginter and gave Anaheim a 9-0 lead.
''We've been grinding away for three weeks, playing some close
ones,'' Salmon said. ''It was nice to catch our breath a little
Anaheim closed within 1½ games of AL West-leading Seattle and
moved 1½ in front of Boston in the wild card race.
Jarrod Washburn (14-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six
innings to win for the 14th time in 15 decisions, allowing a
two-run homer to Magglio Ordonez in the sixth. Al Levine finished
with three-hit relief for his fifth save.
''I didn't think I had my best stuff,'' Washburn said. ''But any
time the offense drops a big number on them early, you can throw
more strikes and go longer. I know my pitch count was getting up
there in the sixth, but I still felt good.''
Washburn, who has only two complete games in his major league
career, threw 115 pitches.
Chicago's Dan Wright (7-10) gave up seven runs and nine hits in
3 1/3 innings.
''He didn't have his good stuff tonight,'' Chicago manager Jerry
Manuel said. ''And the Angels have a good team that took advantage
of that by putting the ball in play.''
Salmon hit an RBI single in the first, Erstad homered in the
second and Garret Anderson had an RBI double in the third.
The Angels made it 9-0 in the fourth on Adam Kennedy's RBI
single off Wright, Erstad's run-scoring single off Matt Ginter and
Salmon's grand slam over the center-field wall.
Anderson, nursing a hamstring cramp, started at DH. He was
2-for-3 with a double and an RBI before being lifted for
pinch-runner Shawn Wooten in the fourth. ... Anaheim 1B Scott
Spiezio missed the game after bruising his right knee Monday and is
day to day. ... Kennedy is 9-for-21 during a five-game hitting
streak. ... Chicago SS Royce Clayton has 13 hits in his last 29
at-bats. ... Chicago OF Aaron Rowand missed the game with neck