Series: Game 1 of 2

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 5/14)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 14
Anaheim 9Final
Detroit 2
Game 2: Wednesday, May 15
Anaheim 10Final
Detroit 1
Game 3: Thursday, May 16
Anaheim Postponed

Angels 9

(21-16, 10-6 away)

Tigers 2

(11-26, 7-8 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 14, 2002

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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ANA 212000301 9 - -
DET 001010000 2 - -

W: K. Appier (4-1)

L: N. Cornejo (1-4)

Salmon, Appier lift Angels to 6th win in row

DETROIT (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels are starting to get the hang of winning ballgames.

Tim Salmon

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 many."

Game notes

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.

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