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Twins' Silva 4-0 on the season

5/1/2004

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new league and a new role are suiting
Carlos Silva just fine.

Silva won his fourth straight start Friday night, allowing only
two earned runs in 7 1-3 innings, and the Minnesota Twins defeated
the Anaheim Angels 6-3.

Silva (4-0), acquired in an offseason trade that sent starter
Eric Milton to the Philadelphia Phillies, allowed seven hits in the
longest outing of his career.

"I keep learning; this is a learning year," said Silva, who
had made 130 appearances in the National League, but just one
start. "I'm starting to feel more comfortable on the mound, and
I'm going longer every game."

Corey Koskie hit his fifth homer for the Twins, who have won 12
of their last 15 games. Shannon Stewart and Cristian Guzman each
had three hits and every member of the Twins' starting lineup had
at least one.

Since getting a no-decision in his first start of the season,
Silva has been the Minnesota's best starter.

"He threw fantastic," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He
had great movement on his fastball. It's still early, but we like
the way he attacks the strike zone, and we love the way he
competes."

The only damage against Silva over the first seven innings was a
gift run in the third. Silva hit Alfredo Amezaga with a pitch, then
threw a wild pitch one out later to move Amezaga to second base. A
fielding error by Twins second baseman Nick Punto allowed the run
to score, giving Anaheim a 1-0 lead.

The Twins answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to
put Silva at ease.

"I've pitched five games, and all of the games, every time I
give up a run, our team comes back and scores a couple runs,"
Silva said. "It's so much fun to play on this team."

A double by Jose Guillen and an RBI triple by Jeff DaVanon ended
Silva's night with one out in the eighth.

Joe Roa put down the Angels' rally, getting the final two outs
in the eighth.

The Angels threatened in the ninth against Twins closer Joe
Nathan, using a fielding error by Doug Mientkiewicz to put runners
on first and third with one out. But Nathan got Troy Glaus to
ground into a double play and his seventh save.

"We hit six balls on the screws and (had) nothing to show for
it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We kept pressure on them
but they made plays when they had to."

The Twins put up six runs against Angels starter Ramon Ortiz
(1-3), who allowed 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"I really think he pitched better than what it's going to
show," Scioscia said. "I don't think it was an awful outing."

Minnesota took the lead on a two-run double by Mientkiewicz in
the third. Minnesota got an assist from the Metrodome roof in the
inning, as Stewart's blooper into shallow center fell between four
Angels and set up Mientkiewicz's hit.

Guzman and Punto had consecutive RBI singles in the fourth to
make it 4-1, and Koskie hit a solo homer in the fifth.

Ortiz's throwing error on a pickoff move with two out in the
sixth allowed Punto to move to second base. Stewart followed with
an RBI single that chased Ortiz.<

^Notes:@ Angels RHP Aaron Sele will start in place of RHP Kelvim
Escobar on Saturday. Escobar, who has a split fingernail on the
middle finger of his pitching hand, will be re-evaluated on Tuesday
or Wednesday, Scioscia said. ... Anaheim DH/RF Tim Salmon, in a
4-for-31 slump, was held out of Friday's lineup with a stiff knee.
... Twins C Joe Mauer (knee) and DH/C Matthew LeCroy (ribcage) will
leave Monday for the Twins' spring training complex in Fort Myers,
Fla., to continue their rehabilitation in warmer weather. .. Angels
SS David Eckstein (groin) sat out his third straight game.