Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Monday, July 21
Tampa Bay3
Game 2: Tuesday, July 22
Tampa Bay1

Angels 3

(50-48, 21-28 away)

Devil Rays 1

(35-63, 22-31 home)

    12:15 PM ET, July 22, 2003

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: R. Ortiz (12-7)

    L: J. Kennedy (3-7)

    S: T. Percival (21)

    Slide ends at five thanks to Ortiz outing

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ramon Ortiz gave the Anaheim Angels a big lift.

    The right-hander allowed an unearned run and three hits over seven innings Tuesday as the Angels stopped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    "It was big by Ramon," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "For him to go seven innings and pitch as effectively as he did is important. Our starting pitching has picked up the last month, and Ramon has been a big part of it."

    Ortiz (12-7) worked out several jams by keeping the Devil Rays hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. He struck out six and walked three.

    "You lose five games in a row, all I can and everybody here do is keep going and working hard," Ortiz said. "In baseball you never know. Sometimes you win, win, win. (Sometimes) you lose, lose, lose. You have to stayed focused everytime, win or lose."

    Tim Salmon had two RBI for the World Series champions. Brendan Donnelly and Troy Percival, who worked the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances, completed the three-hitter.

    The losing streak had been the longest for the Angels since they dropped six straight from April 8-13 last season.

    "I haven't noticed the frustration level getting to the point where I think we're carrying one tough game to the next," Scioscia said. "We're good at turning the page."

    Joe Kennedy (3-7) gave up three runs and six hits in eight innings. The left-hander had eight strikeouts and one walk in his third outing after being sidelined six weeks with a left shoulder injury.

    "I had pretty much every pitch working," Kennedy said. "I just got some bad breaks."

    The Devil Rays took a 1-0 lead in the second on third baseman Scott Spiezio's throwing error. Travis Lee scored from third after Spiezio's throw on Julio Lugo's two-out grounder went well over first baseman Shawn Wooten.

    Garret Anderson tied it at 1 with an RBI double in the fourth.

    The Devil Rays went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position through five innings. Tampa Bay left runners stranded on second and third in the second and fifth innings.

    "It's frustrating to lose a game like this," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "We had guys hanging all over the bases. People talk about needs. You see our needs."

    Salmon's sacrifice fly put the Angels up 2-1 in the sixth. He add a run-scoring single two innings later.

    Tampa Bay's Damian Rolls singled and went to third with one out on a two-base throwing error during a pickoff attempt by Ortiz in the sixth. Ortiz worked out of trouble by getting consecutive grounders by Al Martin and Javier Valentin.

    "Naturally it feels good," Scioscia said. "We've probably played three or four games this last week where we had opportunities to get wins and didn't. It feels good to close one out and get it done."

    Game notes

    Tampa Bay DH Ben Grieve saw vascular surgeon Greg Pearl Tuesday and will undergo season-ending surgery next week. He will have a rib removed as part of a treatment program from an impingement in an upper right arm vein. ... Angels 3B Troy Glaus (right shoulder bruise) did not play. Glaus was injured Monday and is day to day. ... Devil Rays rookie CF Rocco Baldelli struck out in his first two at-bats. He has 79 strikeouts in 383 at-bats. ... Anderson has a season-high 14-game hitting streak. ... Angels SS David Eckstein was hit by a pitch for the 13th time this season in the fourth. He has been hit 61 times during his three-year career. ... Anaheim CF Darin Erstad singled in the sixth to end an 0-for-12 slide.

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