Chone Figgins' two-run double broke a tie in the ninth and made
up for his earlier error, and Garret Anderson hit a two-run homer
to lead the Angels past Pittsburgh 4-2 on Tuesday night in the
Pirates' ninth consecutive loss.
The Pirates dropped their 14th in 15 games despite Craig
Wilson's homer and matched their longest losing streak since a
nine-game slide from Sept. 9-17, 2000. They are a major
league-worst 9-19 at home and are 1-15 with 14 consecutive losses
to AL West teams in interleague play.
Left fielder Jason Bay epitomized the mood of the Pirates after
striking out four straight times. He sat quietly in front of his
locker for about 15 minutes, his ballcap pulled over his face to
hide his frustration.
"To tell you the truth, I don't even know how many we've
lost," said teammate Bobby Hill, sitting only a few feet from Bay.
"Every game's a game, and you have to come back the next day and
play hard and not get off the track."
With the score tied at 2 in the ninth, Darin Erstad -- just off
the disabled list -- singled off Salomon Torres (4-2) for his second
hit. After a sacrifice bunt and a walk, pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon
hit a potential double-play ball to second baseman Abraham Nunez,
but Adam Kennedy's hard slide may have prevented shortstop Jack
Wilson from making the throw to first.
DaVanon then stole second, putting him into position to score on
Figgins' grounder down the third-base line past a diving Hill.
"I was just trying to put the ball in play, and that's all I
did," Figgins said, whose two-base error on Craig Wilson's bad-hop
grounder in the seventh led to Hill's game-tying single.
Figgins insisted he wasn't trying to make up for the error with
his game-winning hit.
"It took a hop on me that I should have kept in front of me.
... You don't like to make an error, but you've got to keep
going," said Figgins, who has started at five positions this
Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon thought his infield should have
turned the double play on DaVanon's grounder, but Jack Wilson said
the ball took a late hop that would've made his throw late
"When things aren't going your way, that's how you lose
ballgames," Torres said. "Things could have gone our way, but
when you have a bad streak that's the way things go."
Jarrod Washburn retired the final 13 batters he faced while
limiting Pittsburgh to three hits and a run over six innings, but
was lifted after throwing 92 pitches on a humid night. He bounced
back after allowing 13 runs and 17 hits in 8 1-3 innings in
consecutive losses to the Red Sox and Brewers.
"I was able to throw my offspeed stuff for strikes," he said.
"They had to worry about it instead of worrying just about the
Pirates starter Oliver Perez allowed two runs and struck out
eight over seven innings, but was again hurt by the long ball. He
gave up a 1-0 lead in the sixth on Vladimir Guerrero's leadoff
double and Anderson's two-run homer, his fourth.
Anderson's homer was the fourth in two games off Perez, who gave
up three homers -- the only hits off him -- in a 9-7 loss to Texas on
June 10. Perez has struck out 20 in 13 innings over his last two
starts, but didn't win either one.
The Pirates are 0-7 in interleague play this season,
dropping a pair of three-game series at Texas and Oakland during a
1-8 road trip that ended Sunday. ... The Angels are 3-4 against the
NL. ... Washburn is winless in five starts since winning six
consecutive starts from April 17-May 15. ... Former Pirates OF Jose
Guillen was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a double-play
grounder. ... ... Erstad went 2-for-3 with a double in his first
game since going on the disabled list May 9 with a strained right
hamstring. ... Washburn singled in his first at-bat, and is
7-for-20 in interleague play. ... The Pirates are 3-11 against
left-handed starters. Their own starting pitchers are 0-8 in 15
games since Josh Fogg beat the Cubs on May 29.