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Rapp takes no-hitter into sixth, gets win

8/8/2001

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Pat Rapp is gaining confidence with every
start. Kip Wells is losing it at an even faster pace.

Rapp took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Tuesday night,
beating the Chicago White Sox 9-3 and winning consecutive starts
for the first time since joining the Anaheim Angels in the
offseason.

Troy Glaus hit his 30th homer, Scott Spiezio went 3-for-4 with a
two-run double, and Garret Anderson added a pair of two-out RBI
singles in support of Rapp (5-10). The right-hander allowed two
runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out three and walking
one.

"It's a little easier to pitch when you have run support,"
Rapp said. "The White Sox make you work. Almost every hitter was
2-2 or 3-2, but I was able to make good pitches on the corner."

Rapp retired 15 of his first 16 batters before the White Sox
loaded the bases with none out in the sixth on singles by Royce
Clayton, Mark Johnson and Ray Durham. Clayton scored when Jose
Valentin grounded into a double play.

"Rapp did a tremendous job, especially in the sixth inning when
it could have gotten messy," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"They've got a lot of good hitters over there."

Magglio Ordonez was impressed. He faced Rapp three times and
grounded out three times, after getting five hits in his previous
13 career at-bats against him.

"He was hitting his spots and mixing up his curveball and his
fastball," Ordonez said. "There's nothing you can do when a
pitcher is throwing that good. You just have to wait him out and
try to get a hit."

Ordonez waited patiently until Rapp was out of the game, then
led off the ninth against Mark Lukasiewicz with his 20th homer and
100th of his career. Ordonez is the second fastest White Sox player
to 100 homers, behind Frank Thomas.

"I kept the ball," Ordonez said. "I've been waiting for that
home run for about a month. I came to the plate telling myself to
hit the ball where it was pitched and I was lucky to hit it out of
the park."

The Angels built a 5-0 lead against Kip Wells (6-8), scoring in
each of the first four innings. The right-hander has surrendered 22
earned runs in 13 2-3 innings over his last four starts, losing
three straight. A demotion to the bullpen seems likely.

"We'll probably discuss that sometime tomorrow and determine
what would be the best course of action -- not only for the team,
but for him as well," manager Jerry Manuel said.

"This is the fourth straight outing that he's struggled,"
Manuel added. "He still has a good arm, so we could probably still
use him in situations where he might regain his confidence."

Wells admitted he wouldn't be surprised if his next outing is in
relief.

"I have to be able to help the team somehow, whether it's
starting or relieving," he said. "I've gotten into a funk, and I
don't know how to explain it. I'm just going to have to roll with
the punches."

Glaus joined Don Baylor, Tim Salmon and Mo Vaughn as the only
Angels to record consecutive seasons of at least 30 homers, driving
a 1-1 pitch to center field in the first.

The Angels added two more runs in the second on Salmon's RBI
single and Orlando Palmeiro's sacrifice fly. Adam Kennedy made it
4-0 with an RBI single after Wells gave up a two-out single by
Spiezio and a walk to Salmon.

Anderson, who chased Wells in the fourth with his first RBI
single, extended the lead to 6-1 in the sixth with another one
before Spiezio capped the inning with a two-run double.

Game notes
Chicago DH Jose Canseco, facing the Angels for the first
time since they released him in spring training, was greeted with
boos that grew louder with each at-bat. He went 0-4 with two
strikeouts and did not get the ball out of the infield. ... Glaus
needs five homers to become the first Angels player with
consecutive 35-homer seasons. ... Left-hander Mark Buehrle, who
takes his AL-leading 3.02 ERA into Wednesday night's start, is
trying to become the first White Sox pitcher since Ed Cicotte in
1917 to finish a season with the league's best ERA. ... The Angels'
pitching staff has gone 20 consecutive games without allowing more
than five earned runs. ... Sandy Alomar Jr. missed his fourth
straight game because of tendinitis in his left knee.