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Anderson's Single Wins It For Anaheim

Patience is the key to Garret Anderson's game, both during the season and an at-bat.

Anderson applied the same approach Saturday night, hitting a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to give the Anaheim Angels a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

"I tried to be picky, and find something I could put decent bat on," said Anderson, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a fractured big right toe. "I've been doing a better job of that lately, waiting on my pitch.

"When I got it, I handled it the way I usually do hitting it to left like that."

Anderson's single off left-handed reliever Chuck McElroy scored pinch-runner Orlando Palmeiro from second base and gave the Angels their seventh consecutive victory.

McElroy had just taken over for starter Darryl Kile, setting up the match-up Colorado manager Don Baylor had anticipated since Jim Edmonds' one-out triple.

"I got McElroy up for a reason," Baylor said. "That ball stayed up long enough for (Anderson) to hit it into left field."

The single produced only Anderson's 24th RBI of the season. He finished with 92 RBI last year, but 61 of them came after June 1.

"I'm a slow starter. If you look at my stats, I never get off fast," Anderson said. "I have to give myself a chance to find my swing."

Omar Olivares, who allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings, and Troy Percival, who worked the ninth for his 17th save, extended the Rockies' road scoring woes.

Colorado has scored a total of eight runs in its last 11 road losses, including defeats by 5-0 and 2-1 in the first two games of this interleague series.

"It's been just a very strange year. We really haven't been pounding the ball at home either," Baylor said. "That has not been a problem in the past."

Much of the burden has fallen on Kile (5-8), who lost his fifth straight decision.

"My job is to go out and put up as many zeroes as I can," Kile said. "But it's not about who does what, but who won the game. You've got to give the other guy credit."

Olivares lowered his ERA from 3.14 to 2.89, third best in the AL.

"Everything comes together when you have that feeling that if you release the ball in the right spot, you'll get better movement," he said. "That's how I feel now, throwing the ball with good movement and control."

The Angels had taken a 1-0 lead in the first, when Darin Erstad led off with a single off second baseman Mike Lansing's glove and worked his way around to third on Dave Hollins' single and Edmonds' double-play grounder before scoring on Kile's wild pitch.

Colorado drew into a 1-1 tie in the fifth when Ellis Burks' sacrifice fly scored Vinny Castilla, who doubled ad moved to third on a wild pitch by Olivares.

Kile allowed eight hits and two runs in 7 2-3 innings.

Notes: Colorado's run in the fifth inning snapped a string of 21 shutout innings by Anaheim pitching. ... The triple was Edmonds' first since Aug. 30, 1996; he didn't have any in 502 at-bats last season. ... Burks hasn't homered in 85 at-bats after hitting 11 homers in his first 122 at-bats of the season. ... Edmonds was presented with his 1997 Gold Glove in pre-game ceremonies.

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