DETROIT (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels are starting to get the hang
of winning ballgames.
Tim Salmon homered and drove in four runs and Kevin Appier
scattered three hits over seven innings for the Angels in their
sixth straight win, a 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on
Tuesday night. Salmon went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, and Troy Glaus homered
as Anaheim won for the 15th time in 17 games -- matching the best
17-game stretch in franchise history, which was June 1-17, 1998. "You hope the team goes on a run a couple of times a year like
this," Salmon said. "The teams that I've been on that have been
there at the end went on a couple of runs like this." But the Angels, who also got off to the worst start in the
team's history, aren't looking ahead. "Just keep that short-term focus," Anaheim manager Mike
Scioscia said. "Not looking at anything past tomorrow's game." Appier (4-1) struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the
Angels, who have outscored their opponents 49-17 during their
winning streak. "I felt pretty good, all of my pitches were working well,"
Appier said. "I got away with some bad pitches and they hit some
balls hard right at people." Nate Cornejo (1-4) gave up five runs and seven hits in just 2
1/3 innings for Detroit, which lost its sixth straight and ninth in
11 games. "I was leaving the ball up and didn't have my good sinker,"
Cornejo said. "I realized that, but I didn't make any
adjustments." Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in the first on Glaus' eighth homer of
the season. Darin Erstad hit a one-out single and Glaus followed
with a line-drive shot off a 3-2 pitch from Cornejo. The Angels added a run in the second on Bengie Molina's
groundout, and Brad Fullmer hit a two-run double in the third to
make it 5-0 and knock Cornejo out of the game. "That takes them out of their game plan," Appier said. "It
kind of takes their confidence and forces them to swing at pitches
that they don't necessarily want to." Detroit scored its runs on Mike Rivera's third-inning sacrifice
fly, and Dmitri Young's solo homer in the fifth. Young returned
from a stint on the disabled list because of a hernia. Salmon's three-run homer in the seventh, his fifth of the
season, made it 8-2. He added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. "The ball was up and they were aggressive with the high
pitch," Tigers manager Luis Pujols said. "They didn't take too
Anaheim shortstop David Eckstein hit into his first double
play of the season in the sixth inning. He had gone 148 official
at-bats, the most in the majors, without hitting into a DP. ...
Glaus has 26 RBI in his last 21 games. ... Detroit starters have
allowed the fewest home runs in the American League with 16. ...
Anaheim has outscored opponents 133-49 in its last 17 games. ...
Salmon scored his 800th career run on his homer.