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Angels Finally Fly To Victory


The Anaheim Angels stopped an 11-game losing streak, their longest in seven years, beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-5 Tuesday night behind a four-run second and Garret Anderson's two-run homer.

Gary DiSarcina had a two-run single in the second as Anaheim ended its longest skid since losing 11 straight from June 28 to July 9, 1992. It was the longest losing streak in the major leagues this season.

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  • Anaheim sent 10 men to the plate in the second and got five hits. Steve Decker had a run-scoring single and Randy Velarde hit an RBI double.

    Anderson's fifth-inning homer, which made it 6-1, was his 16th, tying a career-high set in 1995. The Angels added four runs in the eighth on Velarde's bases-loaded walk, Mo Vaughn's two-run single and Tim Salmon's RBI grounder.

    Anaheim entered the game hitting just .230 with 22 RBIs in its previous six games.

    Fred McGriff, mentioned in trade rumors this week, went 4-for-5 for the Devil Rays and is 14-for-22 (.636) with 12 RBIs in his last six games.

    Tampa Bay, which has lost 11 of 14, loaded the bases with no outs in the second but got only one run, on Bobby Smith's sacrifice fly.

    Tampa Bay closed to 6-4 and chased Sparks after 4 2-3 innings on on RBI singles by Bubba Trammell, Fred McGriff and John Flaherty.

    Mike Magnante (3-1) replaced Sparks who gave up four runs and eight hits and struck out Wade Boggs with two on. Magnante gave up two hits in two scoreless innings.

    Boggs went 0-for-3 and remains 11 hits short of 3,000. Boggs is just 4-for-30 in his past 10 games.

    Devil Rays starter Mickey Callaway (1-1) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings. The right-hander, recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Durham, was making his third major league start.

    Notes:

  • Sparks has given up 19 runs 14 earned and 25 hits in 13 2-3 innings during his past three starts.
  • Tampa Bay starters pitched 19 straight scoreless innings against the Angels before the second.
  • ... Boggs got his 1,403rd walk in the second, moving past Hank Aaron into sole possession of 19th place.
  • Samon went 0-for-5 and is hitless in 18 at-bats. He is 5-for-40 since coming off the disabled list on July 17.
  • Tampa Bay second baseman Miguel Cairo was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game with left hamstring tightness.

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