Series: Game 1 of 3

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 7/11)

Game 1: Friday, July 11
Game 2: Saturday, July 12
Game 3: Sunday, July 13

Twins 0

(44-47, 22-24 away)

Angels 5

(47-43, 27-20 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 11, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Ortiz (11-6)

    L: J. Santana (4-2)

    S: B. Donnelly (2)

    Ortiz, two relievers combine on four-hit shutout

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ramon Ortiz combined with two relievers on a four-hitter, and Tim Salmon and Scott Spiezio each hit two-run homers as the Anaheim Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-0 Friday night in their first meeting since the AL championship series.

    Despite a sellout crowd of 43,442, the scene at Edison Field was quite different from the frenzied atmosphere last Oct. 13 when the Angels clinched their first AL pennant with a 13-5 victory -- using Adam Kennedy's three home runs and a 10-run seventh inning to eliminate the Twins before going on to win the World Series.

    Both teams have fallen on hard times this year because of injuries. The Angels, who won a franchise-record 99 games last season, are languishing in the West Division with a 47-43 record. The Twins (44-47) are 5½ games behind Kansas City in the Central Division with a six-game losing streak, after winning 94 games in 2002.

    Ortiz (11-6) allowed three hits and four walks over six innings, striking out five and stranding eight baserunners. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by striking out Denny Hocking.

    Brendan Donnelly, who was called in to protect a two-run lead, retired the last six batters in order for his second save in as many attempts.

    Anaheim opened the scoring in the fourth with a tainted run after Garret Anderson singled with two out and advanced on a balk by Johan Santana (4-2). Second baseman Luis Rivas lost sight of Troy Glaus' towering popup in the twilight and it fell in short right-center for an RBI double, just beyond the reach of right fielder Bobby Kielty.

    The Angels increased the margin to 3-0 in the sixth after a leadoff double by Darin Erstad. Salmon got the green light from manager Mike Scioscia on Santana's 3-0 pitch and drove it into the left field bullpen for his 14th homer.

    Spiezio drove in the final two runs in the eighth with his ninth homer, against J.C. Romero.

    Santana, who surrendered Kennedy's third home run in the ALCS clincher, started in place of Joe Mays -- who served up Kennedy's first two homers. Mays was demoted to the bullpen this week with a 6.57 ERA after last Saturday's 13-2 loss to Cleveland.

    Santana allowed three runs, five hits and no walks over six innings in his fourth start of the season. The left-hander was 3-0 with 1.00 ERA in his other three.

    Game notes

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has decided not to appeal the one-game suspension he received from major league baseball, and will sit out Saturday's game. Gardenhire was ejected from the Twins' 4-1 loss to Cleveland at the Metrodome on July 3 by plate umpire Eric Cooper after Kenny Rogers hit Cleveland's Milton Bradley with a pitch. It was in retaliation for the two pitches Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia plunked Corey Koskie and Bobby Kielty with. ... Rogers also has decided not to appeal the five-game suspension he got for his actions, and will begin serving a five-game suspension on Saturday. Rogers has a chipped bone in the fourth toe on his right foot, and wasn't scheduled to pitch again until July 20, at the earliest. ... Koskie, the Twins 3B, strained his lower back in the fourth inning and had to come out. ... Anderson singled in the second for his 100th career hit against Minnesota, one night after getting his 100th hit against the Kansas City Royals.

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