Angels Edge Devil Rays 2-1
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Tim Salmon singled in the winning run in the 10th inning after nine strong innings by Ramon Ortiz as the Anaheim Angels beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-1 Sunday night to complete a three-game sweep of the major league’s worst team.
Bengie Molina reached on a fielding error by third baseman Jared Sandberg leading off the 10th, and Adam Kennedy advanced pinch-runner Jose Nieves with a sacrifice bunt.
Nieves took third on David Eckstein’s groundout, and Salmon looped a 1-2 pitch from rookie Travis Harper (4-4) into center field to score Nieves and send the Devil Rays to their club-record 11th straight road loss. The hit came after Darin Erstad was intentionally walked and took second on catcher’s indifference.
Troy Percival (3-1) earned the victory with a hitless 10th inning.
The Devil Rays, whose 12th extra-inning game tied Atlanta and Montreal for the major league lead, are 6-6 in extra-inning affairs.
Ortiz, who leads the Angels with three complete games, threw 114 pitches and settled for a no-decision despite allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts.
The Angels (51-35) arrived at the All-Star break with more wins than they’ve had since 1989 _ the year they hosted the midsummer classic. They were 52-33 at the break that season and led Oakland by 1 1/2 games, but finished eight games behind the AL West champion A’s despite winning 91 games.
The Devil Rays (28-57) reached the break in last place for the fourth time in their five-year history, 26 games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees _ their same deficit and position in the standings as last year’s All-Star break.
The Devil Rays, who entered with a major league-worst 5.11 team ERA, wasted an outstanding effort by Tanyon Sturtze. The right-hander, who lost his first eight decisions, allowed one run and eight hits over nine innings and did not walk a batter for the first time in his 18 starts this season.
Tampa Bay’s Randy Winn, heading to his first All-Star game, led the game off with a home run for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.
Jason Conti singled with two out in the second and was caught stealing by Molina. The Devil Rays’ only other baserunner through the first seven innings was Aubrey Huff, who reached on a wild pitch in the fourth.
Winn enters the All-Star break with a .310 average and 42 RBIs in 335 at-bats. Last year at the break, Winn was batting .291 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 179 at-bats.
Garrett Anderson, the Angels’ only All-Star representative, drove in Anaheim’s first run with a fourth-inning groundout after singles by Eckstein and Salmon put runners at the corners.
Anderson entered the game with 15 homers and 62 RBIs _ the same totals he had last year at the break. He is batting .291, 12 points higher than last season at this stage.
Notes: Ortiz has allowed 26 homers in 126 innings, the most in the majors _ and two more than he gave up last season in 208 2-3 innings. Anderson and Glaus lead Anaheim’s hitters with 15 homers. ... Only twice in club history has an Angels pitcher’s home run total exceeded that of the team’s leading home run hitter by more than 10. In 1992, Chuck Finley gave up 24 and Gary Gaetti hit 12. In 1976, Frank Tanana allowed 24 and Bobby Bonds hit 10. ... Midway through their fifth season, the Devil Rays have only three players on their 25-man roster from the 35 they selected in the November 1997 expansion draft _ Winn, Cox and closer Esteban Yan. By contrast, seven players picked by the Anaheim Angels in the 1960 expansion draft played for them during their fifth season _ Buck Rodgers, Dean Chance, Jim Fregosi, Albie Pearson, Ken McBride, Fred Newman and Aubrey Gatewood.