Series: Game 4 of 4

Anaheim won 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, May 6
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Game 2: Friday, May 7
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Game 3: Saturday, May 8
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Game 4: Sunday, May 9
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Devil Rays 4

(9-21, 3-14 away)

Angels 8

(22-10, 11-5 home)

    4:05 PM ET, May 9, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: J. Washburn (6-1)

    L: V. Zambrano (3-3)

    S: F. Rodriguez (1)

    Anaheim's Guillen sprains knee, ankle

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels stretched their winning streak to nine games, completed their first four-game sweep in seven years, and opened up a 2½-game lead in the AL West.

    Yet, no one was smiling after their 8-4 victory Sunday over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    The postgame atmosphere in the clubhouse was gloomy because the Angels lost another regular player to injury. Left fielder Jose Guillen, who homered for the fourth time in six games, had to be carted off the field in the seventh inning due to a sprained left knee and ankle.

    It was Anaheim's first game since first baseman Darin Erstad joined outfielder Garret Anderson and designated hitter Tim Salmon on the disabled list.

    "It's not fun having to deal with this stuff," left-hander Jarrod Washburn said after winning his fifth straight start. "It seems like every day, important guys are going down. We already have two huge guys out of the lineup, and in the last two days we lose two more. You can only take so much. It's getting to be ridiculous, but we're not going to give up."

    Utilityman Jeff DaVanon homered and drove in four runs for the Angels, who have won 15 of 17 and are two wins shy of the franchise's record winning streak, set in June 1964.

    "It's weird to have won 15 out of 17 and have the mood in here that we have now," Washburn said. "Every year, it seems like something like this happens to us. It's got to stop sometimes, but we'll keep plugging away. Guys will have to step up, and the pitchers will have to do the same."

    Guillen was injured sliding into second base with a double. If he lands on the DL, the Angels will be missing four of their nine regular starters when they play in New York on Tuesday. And that doesn't count third baseman Troy Glaus, who was the DH for the ninth straight game while resting his sore left shoulder.

    "Anytime a player has to be carted off the field, your heart skips a beat," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Our depth is being tested, and we're stretched to the limit. The guys who are out of the lineup make up a pretty good team. But right now, we don't have any players who we consider bench players."

    On the pitch following Guillen's injury, DaVanon proved Scioscia's point by homering against reliever John Halama to increase Anaheim's margin to 8-4 and help complete the first 7-0 homestand in Angels history.

    Tampa Bay left fielder Eduardo Perez, a first-round pick of the Angels in 1991, tore his left Achilles tendon while trying to stretch a double in the fifth. He also was carted off the field.

    The Devil Rays have lost four straight and 12 of 14, but they will play 15 of their next 18 at home -- something third baseman Geoff Blum is looking forward to.

    "Hopefully, just finding some kind of routine will get us going and get us in a groove," Blum said. "Coming into the season, everybody thought that we would battle and compete. I know it's still early, but we're just in an incredible funk."

    Washburn (6-1) continued to enjoy a generous supply of run support from his teammates, who have scored 65 runs in his seven starts -- and at least six in each. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, walked none and struck out five.

    Francisco Rodriguez relieved Washburn and walked his first batter. But Robert Fick, who replaced Perez, was called out on strikes with the bases loaded.

    Rodriguez got seven outs for his first save, and has struck out 28 batters in 17 innings this season without allowing an earned run.

    Victor Zambrano (3-3) lost his third straight decision, allowing six runs and seven hits in five innings.

    Tino Martinez of the Devil Rays tied it 1-1 the third with his sixth homer, and finished 3-for-4 with two RBI.

    Erstad strained his right hamstring running the bases Saturday and was replaced on the roster by Casey Kotchman, who made his major league debut at first base. Kotchman got his first major league RBI during his second plate appearance. He capped a four-run third inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Guillen and made it 5-1.

    Game notes

    The Devil Rays played their 1,000th game since joining the AL in 1998. They are 390-610. ... The four-game sweep was the Angels' first since July 1997 at Cleveland, and their first at home since June 1997 against Oakland. ... Kotchman, the Angels' No. 1 draft pick in 2001, is the son of longtime Angels scout Tom Kotchman, who manages their Rookie League team.

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