ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Garret Anderson and the Anaheim
Angels each hit a lucky seven.
Anderson homered twice and tied a career-high with seven RBI as
the Angels beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-1 Thursday night for
their seventh straight victory.
Anderson hit three-run homers in the fifth and sixth innings.
It's his second multihomer game this year and sixth overall.
Anderson finished 4-for-4, falling a triple short of the cycle.
He also drove in seven runs on Aug. 29, 1996, against the New York
"I definitely think that Garret has to get consideration for
MVP,'' Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "But to be honest with
you, that's not a motivating factor for Garret. He wants to win,
and he's definitely holding up his end of the bargain.''
Anderson is hitting .311 with 23 homers and 108 RBI.
"I was just trying to add on to what everyone else has been
doing around here,'' Anderson said. "Everyday somebody's been
doing something, and tonight was just my turn to do something.''
The Angels lead Seattle by four games in the wild-card race.
Anaheim moved within three games of AL West-leading Oakland.
Ramon Ortiz (12-9) gave up one run and six hits in seven
innings. He was coming off a five-hit shutout over Baltimore last
Aubrey Huff hit a solo homer to extend his hitting streak to a
career-best 12 games for Tampa Bay. The Devil Rays lost all three
games at Tropicana Field, marking the ninth time they've been swept
in a series of three or more games this season.
"We didn't do much, and they did too much,'' Tampa Bay manager
Hal McRae said. "They're hot. They're hitting well. They're
pitching well. That's a pretty good combination.''
Anderson's first three-run shot put the Angels up 5-1 in the
After Darin Erstad hit a two-run single in the sixth, Anderson's
23rd homer made it 10-1.
"It seems like when we get an opportunity, whether the door's
cracked open a little bit with a walk or we get a key hit to get it
started, we're able to roll it over and that's important,''
Anderson hit an RBI double for a 2-0 lead in the third. Troy
Glaus had a sacrifice fly in the Angels first.
Huff hit his 19th homer in the fourth.
Anaheim's David Eckstein went 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch for
the 26th time. He scored a career-high four times.
Joe Kennedy (7-10) allowed eight runs and eight hits in 5 2/3
innings. The left-hander, who missed his last start because of arm
fatigue, has won just twice in his past 13 starts.
"My arm feels good,'' Kennedy said. "I couldn't get Erstad
out. I couldn't get Eckstein out. And I couldn't get Anderson
Dennis Cook worked a perfect ninth for the Angels. It was his
first appearance since going on the disabled list July 5 with a
left shoulder injury.
The announced crowd was 10,135, although the actual turnout
appeared to be around 3,000. One contributing factor was heavy rain
associated with a tropical storm.
Angels RF Tim Salmon (bruised left hand) was in the
starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 10. He went 0-for-2
with two walks. ... Eckstein matched his career-high with a 12-game
hitting streak. He has consecutive three-hit games. ... Tampa Bay
LF Carl Crawford snapped an 0-for-14 slide with a first-inning
single. ... Kennedy picked up his eighth error of the season on an
errant pickoff attempt in the third. Those are the most errors by a
major league pitcher since Randy Johnson had eight for Seattle in
1998. ... Kennedy also hit his 14th batter. ... The Angels won
eight of nine against Tampa Bay this season. ... Ortiz has allowed
36 homers, four short of Shawn Boskie's team record set in 1996.