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Series: Game 2 of 3

Anaheim leads 2-0 (as of 9/7)

Game 1: Friday, September 6
Anaheim 6Final
Baltimore 3
Game 2: Saturday, September 7
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Baltimore 2
Game 3: Sunday, September 8
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Baltimore 2

Angels 4

(87-54, 41-29 away)

Orioles 2

(64-76, 33-36 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 7, 2002

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: B. Weber (6-2)

    L: J. Julio (5-6)

    S: T. Percival (35)

    Salmon knocks in winning run to keep streak alive

    BALTIMORE -- Tim Salmon spent the first part of the Anaheim Angels' sizzling stretch run as a spectator nursing a bruised left hand.

    Tim Salmon
    Salmon

    Now Salmon finally feels like he's done something to contribute to the team's longest winning streak in four years. Salmon hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Angels extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games with a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

    "I've been sitting on the bench watching the guys carry the load for 3½ weeks, and you're anxious to get back in and do something productive,'' said Salmon, who missed 15 games before being activated from the disabled list Sept. 1. "It's nice to come through like that.''

    David Eckstein led off the game with a home run and Brad Fullmer later connected for Anaheim. The Angels, leading the AL wild-card race, moved a franchise-best 33 games over .500.

    With one out in the 10th, Jorge Julio (5-6) walked Troy Glaus. Pinch-runner Chone Figgins stole second and scored on Salmon's liner to left-center.

    Salmon took second on the throw home, and pinch-runner Alex Ochoa scored on Adam Kennedy's double down the right-field line.

    "We were fortunate,'' said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team has won five straight on the road. "The guys battled back. We didn't bury our heads and that was important.''

    Ben Webber (6-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief for the victory. Troy Percival worked the 10th his 35th save.

    Tony Batista drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have dropped three straight and 13 of 14.

    "We come here every day with the idea that we're going to win the game and leave what happened behind,'' said Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez, who allowed three hits over eight innings. "We look forward.''

    The Angels, whose .986 fielding percentage entering the game was second-best in the American League, committed three errors, including two eighth-inning miscues that led to two unearned runs and erased a 2-0 lead.

    "We were fortunate to come out of that inning with a tie game'' Scioscia said. "It's tough to give five or six outs and come out of it with just a couple runs.''

    Eckstein led off the game by hitting Rodrigo Lopez's third pitch into the second row of the left-field stands for his eighth home run. The homer extended Eckstein's career-best hitting streak to 14 games.

    Fullmer hit a solo shot leading off the second for a 2-0 lead. He has 10 of his 16 home runs this year as a designated hitter, two more than all Angels DHs hit last season.

    ''(Lopez) had two bad pitches in 112,'' said Orioles manager Mike Hargrove, "and they were both solo home runs.''

    Angels starter Mickey Callaway allowed only three hits through seven innings, his longest outing in seven career starts, but his normally sure-handed fielders let him down in the eighth.

    Pinch-hitter Luis Lopez reached on an error by first baseman Scott Spiezio and was safe at second when Glaus threw away Jerry Hairston's grounder to third base.

    After Chris Singleton bunted into a forceout at third base, Brendan Donnelly relieved Callaway.

    Jeff Conine singled off Glaus' glove to load the bases and Batista slapped a two-run single to tie it at 2.

    Game notes


    The Angels have not won 10 straight games since July 5-17, 1997. Their last nine-game streak came May 31-June 9, 1998. ... The leadoff homer was the first of Eckstein's career. ... Spiezio's error was only his fourth at first base in his last 248 games. ... Lopez avoided losing a season-high third consecutive start.

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