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Angels have won 12 of 14 games

5/15/2004

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn stuck with game plan and came
out on top again.

Washburn pitched three-hit ball for eight innings to win his
sixth straight start, leading the Angels over Baltimore 7-4.

"Everything was working for me tonight. I hit my spots,"
Washburn said. "I was conscious to make sure that I did the same
things that I had been doing."

Vladimir Guerrero and Shane Halter each homered for Anaheim,
which has won 12 of 14 and has the best record in the majors at
25-12. With the win, the Angels matched their best start in
franchise history.

Washburn (7-1) is tied with Houston's Roger Clemens for the most
victories in the majors. He allowed two runs, walked none and
struck out five. He retired the last 15 batters he faced and hasn't
lost since April 12.

"It's the best game I've pitched this season for a full
outing," Washburn said. "I've had spots like this, but this is
the first time I've put one together like this all the way
through."

Ben Weber started the ninth but gave up a homer to Melvin Mora
with one out and was replaced by Troy Percival with runners on
second and third.

Percival, who blew his last two save opportunities, allowed a
run-scoring infield hit to Javy Lopez before inducing Luis Matos
into grounding into a game-ending double play for his 10th save in
13 chances.

"He knows how to turn the page on a bad outing," Anaheim
manager Mike Scioscia said of Percival.

Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli, whose team scored three times off
Percival to erase a 9-6 Angels lead Friday night but has lost three
of four, is tired of seeing his starters dig early holes.

"It seems like that too often right now," Mazzilli said. "I'm
baffled."

Guerrero homered off Eric DuBose (3-3) leading off the second to
give the Angels the early lead.

Anaheim sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth, chasing DuBose
with a six-run inning, all coming with two outs.

"Just got to smell blood in the water and get the third out.
... It's just unexcusable," DuBose said. "I made some bad pitches
and made some good pitches. I made some bad pitches that got
magnified and I made some good pitches that they seemed to get the
hits when they needed to."

Guerrero led off with a single to left, then scored when Jose
Bautista misjudged Jose Molina's flyball at the wall in right field
into a run-scoring double. Halter followed with a two-run homer on
a 3-2 pitch, making it 4-0.

Robb Quinlan walked and David Eckstein singled before Alfredo
Amezaga hit an RBI single. Chone Figgins followed with a two-run
single.

DuBose exited after allowing Guerrero's second hit of the
inning. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2-3 innings,
walking one and striking out two.

Miguel Tejada's fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot after
Washburn hit Mora with a pitch to lead off the fourth, cut the lead
to 7-2.

Game notes
Baltimore has lost four of five. ... Before doubling and
homering off Washburn in his first two at-bats, Tejada was 4-for-44
against the left-hander. ... Eckstein was hit by a pitch in the
third, the team-high fifth time he's been plunked. ... Prior to the
game, Baltimore optioned RHP Kurt Ainsworth to Triple-A Ottawa and
purchased the contract of RHP Darwin Cubillan from the Lynx.
Cubillan pitched 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief in his Orioles
debut. ... Bengie Molina was Anaheim's DH for the first time in
2004, the ninth Angels player this season to fill that role. ...
Anaheim is 7-1 when Guerrero homers.