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Slide ends at five thanks to Ortiz outing

7/22/2003

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ramon Ortiz gave the Anaheim Angels
a big lift.

The right-hander allowed an unearned run and three hits over
seven innings Tuesday as the Angels stopped a season-high five-game
losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"It was big by Ramon," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.
"For him to go seven innings and pitch as effectively as he did is
important. Our starting pitching has picked up the last month, and
Ramon has been a big part of it."

Ortiz (12-7) worked out several jams by keeping the Devil Rays
hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. He
struck out six and walked three.

"You lose five games in a row, all I can and everybody here do
is keep going and working hard," Ortiz said. "In baseball you
never know. Sometimes you win, win, win. (Sometimes) you lose,
lose, lose. You have to stayed focused everytime, win or lose."

Tim Salmon had two RBI for the World Series champions. Brendan
Donnelly and Troy Percival, who worked the ninth for his 21st save
in 22 chances, completed the three-hitter.

The losing streak had been the longest for the Angels since they
dropped six straight from April 8-13 last season.

"I haven't noticed the frustration level getting to the point
where I think we're carrying one tough game to the next," Scioscia
said. "We're good at turning the page."

Joe Kennedy (3-7) gave up three runs and six hits in eight
innings. The left-hander had eight strikeouts and one walk in his
third outing after being sidelined six weeks with a left shoulder
injury.

"I had pretty much every pitch working," Kennedy said. "I
just got some bad breaks."

The Devil Rays took a 1-0 lead in the second on third baseman
Scott Spiezio's throwing error. Travis Lee scored from third after
Spiezio's throw on Julio Lugo's two-out grounder went well over
first baseman Shawn Wooten.

Garret Anderson tied it at 1 with an RBI double in the fourth.

The Devil Rays went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position
through five innings. Tampa Bay left runners stranded on second and
third in the second and fifth innings.

"It's frustrating to lose a game like this," Tampa Bay manager
Lou Piniella said. "We had guys hanging all over the bases. People
talk about needs. You see our needs."

Salmon's sacrifice fly put the Angels up 2-1 in the sixth. He
add a run-scoring single two innings later.

Tampa Bay's Damian Rolls singled and went to third with one out
on a two-base throwing error during a pickoff attempt by Ortiz in
the sixth. Ortiz worked out of trouble by getting consecutive
grounders by Al Martin and Javier Valentin.

"Naturally it feels good," Scioscia said. "We've probably
played three or four games this last week where we had
opportunities to get wins and didn't. It feels good to close one
out and get it done."

Game notes
Tampa Bay DH Ben Grieve saw vascular surgeon Greg Pearl
Tuesday and will undergo season-ending surgery next week. He will
have a rib removed as part of a treatment program from an
impingement in an upper right arm vein. ... Angels 3B Troy Glaus
(right shoulder bruise) did not play. Glaus was injured Monday and
is day to day. ... Devil Rays rookie CF Rocco Baldelli struck out
in his first two at-bats. He has 79 strikeouts in 383 at-bats. ...
Anderson has a season-high 14-game hitting streak. ... Angels SS
David Eckstein was hit by a pitch for the 13th time this season in
the fourth. He has been hit 61 times during his three-year career.
... Anaheim CF Darin Erstad singled in the sixth to end an 0-for-12
slide.