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Angels End Losing Streak


Before the game, Anaheim manager Terry Collins was talking about how humbling the baseball gods could be. A while later, they gave him a break.

Jim Edmonds' two-run double keyed a four-run third inning as the Angels ended a seven-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

"In this league, you've got to have some offense," Collins said. "Unfortunately for us, it might be too late."

The win prevented the Angels, who are 6-23 since the All-Star break, from falling 23 games under .500 for the first time since Oct. 1, 1983.

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  • The Tigers, meanwhile, were losing their 70th game, leaving them with the worst record in the major leagues.

    "We had one big inning when we needed somebody to step up, and nobody did," Detroit manager Larry Parrish said.

    Still, the Tigers trailing 7-2 made it interesting with a two-run rally that forced Collins to bring in relief ace Troy Percival in the ninth.

    "I wasn't sure they were going to need me tonight, but I didn't rule it out, either," said Percival, who got the last out for his 26th save after Juan Encarnacion's two-run single made it 7-4. "They've got a pesky offense. That little uprising didn't surprise me."

    Mike Magnante (4-1) got the win with 2 1-3 innings in relief of starter Ken Hill, who left with a tight right groin with one out in the fourth. Magnante gave up one run and two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

    Detroit's Brian Moehler (8-12), winless in four starts since July 23, gavup seven runs and 11 hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.

    "His first couple of years, Brian didn't give up many big innings," Parrish said. "Lately, he's had a lot of them. I don't know if he's thinking about it too much, or what."

    Hill, seeking his second road win of the season, struck out the side in the second. But he was relieved by Magnante with one out and the bases loaded in the fourth. Magnante got out of the jam with a force at the plate on Frank Catalanotto's infield grounder and Gabe Kapler's strikeout.

    "We were probably sitting in the catbird seat right there," Parrish said. "But we just couldn't get the big hit. That inning could have made all the difference for us."

    Collins knows all about that. But this time the Angels had the big inning, scoring four runs on five hits to take a 4-1 lead in the third.

    "We had been swinging the bats better the last couple of nights," said Collins, a native of Midland, Mich. "This time, the hits fell in."

    Trent Durrington hit a one-out double and scored on Gary DiSarcina's RBI single. Tim Salmon added an RBI single and Edmonds drove in two more with a two-out double into the right-field corner.

    Garret Anderson had a two-run double and Mo Vaughn drove in a run with a sacrifice fly as the Angels took a 7-2 lead with a three-run seventh.

    "When we've had a healthy Salmon, Vaughn and Edmonds, this is a whole different lineup," Collins said. "We knew when we got our guys healthy, we'd get some hits. I can only hope it continues."

    Detroit's Tony Clark made it 4-2 against Magnante in the sixth with his 21st homer.

    Luis Polonia, who reached on an infield single in the Detroit first, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Brad Ausmus to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

    Notes

  • Magnante tied his career-high for wins. He also won four games in 1998 with Houston and 1992 with Kansas City.
  • Angels manager Terry Collins was ejected by first base umpire Greg Kosc for arguing after Salmon was picked off by Moehler. It was the eighth ejection for the Angels this season, the fourth for Collins.
  • Clark has hit 13 of his 21 homers in 28 games since the Al-Star break.
  • Polonia has reached base safely in 42 of his 52 starts since his May 26 recall and has a hit in 38 of those games.
  • Anderson, who had three hits, batted leadoff for the second time this season. He hit leadoff twice last season.

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