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Anaheim 5, Minnesota 4

8/28/2003

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Brendan Donnelly isn't about to let a
little pain in his elbow derail the rest of his All-Star season.

Donnelly escaped his own bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning,
and the Anaheim Angels got home runs from Scott Spiezio and Bengie
Molina in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday
night.

Donnelly, the winning pitcher in the All-Star game, said
Saturday he will have minor surgery after the season to remove bone
chips in his pitching elbow.

"I'm not worried about it. It's only a three-week rehab," he
said. "The only reason why I said something about it on the trip
was because I was sick of answering questions about why I was
giving up runs -- and because we're not in a pennant race.

"So I'm going to clean it up, and hopefully this whole team can
come back healthy next year and make a run."

Aaron Sele, who had rotator cuff surgery last October, pitched 5
2-3 strong innings. He gave up three runs -- two earned -- and four
hits, struck out four and walked one.

The right-hander is 1-3 in his last eight starts after winning
three straight before the All-Star break.

"I'm just trying to get through the year," Sele said. "It's
just a matter of taking my turn every fifth day and continue to
build up the strength in my shoulder.

"I'm still trying to find the mechanics to repeat good quality
pitches. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it isn't. But tonight I
was able to make some pitches when I needed to and the guys got me
some runs early."

Minnesota's loss, coupled with victories by Chicago and Kansas
City, left the defending AL Central champions 2{ games behind the
White Sox and 1{ behind the second-place Royals.

Ben Weber (4-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory, allowing
a run and three hits. Donnelly struck out pinch-hitter Michael Ryan
to end the eighth, and Troy Percival got three outs for his 28th
save in 30 chances.

Percival has not allowed an earned run over 37 innings in his 35
career appearances against Minnesota.

Juan Rincon (3-6), who replaced Kenny Rogers with two outs in
the sixth, retired the first two batters in the seventh before
Spiezio drove a 1-2 slider to right field for his 13th homer and a
5-4 lead -- ending a string of 22 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings
by the Twins' bullpen.

"Spiezio just wears us out," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire
said. "Rincon went right at Spiezio, but he just made a bad pitch
to him. But our bullpen's been throwing fantastic. And we know that
once you get to the seventh, eighth and ninth with those guys,
they've got a pretty good bullpen over there, too. That's why
you've got to catch them before you get there."

Torii Hunter tied it at 3 in the sixth, greeting Weber with a
two-out RBI single after Matthew LeCroy singled with one out
against Sele and advanced to second on a groundout.

The Angels, shut out on five hits Tuesday night by Brad Radke,
opened the scoring with a pair of first-inning runs. Chone Figgins
tripled past a diving Jacque Jones in left field and Eric Owens
followed with a dribbler that Rogers fielded about 15 feet up the
third base line before making an off-balance sidearm throw past
first base.

"You can't throw that ball," Gardenhire said. "Kenny had to
eat that ball, because he had no chance to get anybody there. Kenny
believes that he can get anybody out there, and that's why he's won
Gold Gloves. But you've got to eat that ball."

Figgins, who had held at third, came home on the error and
Owens, who was credited with a hit, continued to second. Tim Salmon
drove in Owens with a sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Rogers allowed four runs -- three earned -- and 11 hits over
5 2-3 innings and left trailing 4-3. The Twins' offense has gotten
him off the hook in seven of his nine no-decisions. ... A.J.
Pierzynski, hit by a pitch leading off the fifth, was the fifth
batter plunked by Sele in a span of 16 1-3 innings. He had hit only
three batters in his previous 83 1-3 innings this season. ...
Rogers walked one and struck out none. It was the first time a
Twins starter had more walks than strikeouts since July 21, when
Kyle Lohse walked two and fanned one over 6 2-3 innings in a
no-decision against Seattle at the Metrodome. ... Rogers, who won
his second Gold Glove last year, is 14-10 lifetime against the
Angels -- including a perfect game on July 28, 1994, for Texas.