Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/1)

Game 1: Friday, April 30
Game 2: Saturday, May 1
Game 3: Sunday, May 2

Angels 1

(14-10, 10-5 away)

Twins 0

(15-8, 10-4 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 1, 2004

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: F. Rodriguez (1-0)

    L: J. Rincon (4-1)

    S: T. Percival (6)

    Four Anaheim pitchers toss four-hitter

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Spot starter Aaron Sele wants to be a regular in the Anaheim rotation. Who wouldn't, with Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival in the bullpen?

    Sele allowed two hits in the first five innings, and Rodriguez and Percival overpowered Minnesota in the last two, to lead the Angels over the Twins 1-0 on Saturday night.

    "I feel like I'm a starter and that comes much more naturally than being in the bullpen still," said Sele, who was making his first start since Sept. 26 following four relief appearances this season.

    When asked if he thought he earned a spot in the rotation with his performance, Sele replied, "I thought I earned the starting role in spring training."

    Sele was pitching in place of Kelvim Escobar, who was a late scratch due to a split fingernail on the middle finger of his right hand.

    Chone Figgins hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, but the excitement in the Angels locker room was about the pitchers.

    "The story today was the four guys we sent to the mound," manager Mike Scioscia said.

    Kevin Gregg gave up two hits over two innings, and Rodriguez (1-0) and Percival pitched one inning each to complete the four-hitter.

    Percival struck out two in a perfect ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities, and has not allowed an earned run against Minnesota in 38 2-3 innings.

    "We don't have anybody that's scared to take the ball in any situation and that's all you can ask of a bullpen," Percival said.

    The Angels won for the seventh time in nine games and won for the first time in eight games when scoring three runs or less.

    Brad Radke allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings for Minnesota, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

    "It's tough to be on the losing end of a game like that," said Radke, who lowered his career ERA against the Angels to 1.65 in 153 innings.

    "It's just one of those days," he added. "You don't see too many 1-0 games."

    The Twins did not get a runner past second base, in being shut out for the first time this season.

    "We really didn't have too many chances to score," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't think we got a guy to second, did we?"

    Jose Molina singled off Juan Rincon (4-1) with two outs and none on in the ninth and Adam Kennedy followed with a single to right field that chased Rincon. Aaron Fultz relieved and gave up Figgins' go-ahead hit.

    "To come up in the ninth inning and get the big hit, that's baseball right there," an excited Figgins said.

    "We got two outs and didn't finish it off," Gardenhire said. "Then the little guy gets the hit."

    Darin Erstad extended his hitting streak to nine games with a one-out single off J.C. Romero in the eighth inning.

    Minnesota threatened in the seventh when Jacque Jones led off with a double. But Gregg got Jose Offerman to fly out to center before striking out Henry Blanco and getting Cristian Guzman to pop out to second.

    Prior to the game, Anaheim announced that designated hitter Tim Salmon would be placed on the 15-day disabled list with left-knee irritation retroactive to Friday, April 30.

    Game notes

    The four hits allowed is a season low for the Angels. ... Sele is 15-4 with a 3.33 ERA in his career against Minnesota. The 15 wins are the most for him against any opponent. ... Rodriguez has 19 strikeouts and has not allowed a run in 12 2-3 innings this year. ... Radke gave up a single to Figgins to start the game and has allowed a hit to the first batter faced in four of six starts. He won both games when he did not allow a hit to the first batter and the Twins are 1-3 in the games he has. ... Lew Ford was 1-for-3 and is batting .500 (19-for-38) at home this season, which leads the American League. ... Blanco was 0-for-3 and is hitting .111 (4-for-36) at home, while batting a league-leading .429 (12-for-28) on the road.

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