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AMERICAN LEAGUE Ortiz goes route to foil Indians



Published: Wed, April 30, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ramon Ortiz presented the Angels with their first complete game of the year.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Peering through the bullpen fence, Anaheim's relievers finally got to relax and enjoy a game without leaving their chairs.

Ramon Ortiz gave the rest of the Angels pitchers a well-earned night off.

Ortiz pitched a seven-hitter and Garret Anderson drove in three runs Tuesday night, leading Anaheim to a 10-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, who have lost seven straight for the first time in 12 years.

Ortiz (4-2) gave the Angels their first complete game of 2003, and rested a relief corps that has carried Anaheim through a rough first month.

"To see Ramon give us a game like that was a big lift," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He did a terrific job."

Five in a row

The Angels have won five straight at Jacobs Field, and are 8-2 in their last 10 at Cleveland.

The Jake has been particularly good to the Angels.

Last year, Anaheim came in 10-14 before sweeping three games during an early season stopover that helped the Angels overcome a slow start and eventually win their first World Series.

"Like last year wouldn't be bad," said Scioscia, whose team was also 12-14 after 26 games last season.

Anderson hit a two-run homer off Ricardo Rodriguez (2-2) and Jeff DaVanon added three RBIs for the Angels.

"We're banged up right now," Anderson said.

"We just have to play through the injuries and keep playing our game."

Worst start since 1969

The Indians (7-19) are off their worst start since 1969, and have their first seven-game losing streak since June 27-July 3, 1991.

"This is nobody's fault but our own," rookie catcher Josh Bard said.

"We can't go out and play a game like that. We're getting paid a lot of money to do this. We've got to go out and play like professionals."

Ellis Burks homered in the fourth for Cleveland. The Indians have scored just 11 runs in their past six games.

"We have multiple issues offensively," said manager Eric Wedge, who held two closed-door meetings before the game. "At times, we're a little too anxious, we need to work on that."

Encouraging to Scioscia

Ortiz's strong outing was encouraging to Scioscia, whose starters entered with the AL's third-worst ERA (5.96) and an 8-11 record. On the other hand, Anaheim's bullpen came in with a 2.53 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 851/3 innings.

Ortiz walked two and didn't record a strikeout against the league's second-worst hitting team.

Ortiz is 3-0 in his career against Cleveland, with all three wins coming at Jacobs Field.

Anderson put Anaheim up 4-0 in the third with his third homer, a line shot into the right-field bleachers.

Tim Salmon singled with one out, and Anderson followed by turning on an 0-1 pitch from Rodriguez.




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