Anaheim Angels Team Report - August 20
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(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Angels try to make it three straight wins this evening when they start a three-game set with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Yesterday, Josh Paul belted his first career grand slam and Vladimir Guerrero added a three-run shot, leading Anaheim over Tampa Bay, 10-7, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Darin Erstad finished 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and Adam Kennedy added an RBI for the Angels, who have won four of five and remain 1 1/2 games back of the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. Anaheim is just one contest behind Texas and Boston for the wild card. John Lackey (10-10) allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. He fanned eight with one walk. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run in the ninth, but clamped down to record his 10th save of the season. Getting the call tonight for Anaheim will be righthander Ramon Ortiz, who will be trying for his first win since topping the Houston Astros back on June 19. Ortiz has lost his last two decisions and is coming off a dreadful performance against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. In that contest the Dominican hurler allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 frames, but did not receive a decision in his team's 11-8 win.. Ortiz, who is 3-7 to go along with a 4.48 earned run average this season, is 2-1 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 4.82 ERA in 10 games, seven of which have been starts. The Angels are 34-27 away from home this season. New York has won four of its six matchups with the Angels this season, including two of three in the Bronx.