The veteran right-hander was 6-3 after beating the Cincinnati Reds on June 7, 2002. He went 2-6 in his next 13 starts and missed about five weeks due to a partially torn rotator cuff.
Sele began this season on the disabled list while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and won his first start, limiting Toronto to one run and two hits over 5 2-3 innings in the Angels’ 6-1 win on May 9.
However, Sele lost his next three starts, allowing a combined 17 earned runs and 22 hits over 12 1-3 innings. He bounced back with a better effort against Tampa Bay on Sunday, giving up two runs and seven hits over five innings in a 9-4 win.
Sele will now try to help the Angels bounce back from a 4-1 loss to the Marlins in the series opener Friday.
Florida’s Ivan Rodriguez hit a three-run homer and Carl Pavano retired his final 18 batters for the Marlins. Rodriguez’s sixth-inning home run, which broke a 1-1 tie, was his seventh of the season and first in his last 16 games.
Pavano pitched eight impressive innings, allowing only three hits while striking out six. He issued just one walk, which was intentional.
Jeff DaVanon, who had hit two home runs in each of his last three games, had two of Anaheim’s four hits. DaVanon batted leadoff for the second time this season, after David Eckstein injured his left hand during warmups and was a late scratch from the lineup.
Florida won for the 10th time in its last 14, and tied a season low with three hits and didn’t leave a single runner on base.
“I don’t care about that,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “You know what I like? Them Ws. I don’t care if we leave anybody on or 50 on if we get the W.”
It was Anaheim’s second straight loss after winning five of six.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, AL West. Marlins - 4th place, 12 1/2 GB, NL East.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Sele (2-3, 7.83 ERA). Sele is 12-6 with a 3.89 ERA in 22 interleague starts.
MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Tommy Phelps (2-0, 1.71 ERA). The left-hander has shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen this season. He has won his last two starts, an 8-4 victory over Cincinnati on May 23, and a 4-3 win over Montreal on May 28.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .310 avg. and 53 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 13 HRs and 39 runs; Adam Kennedy, 9 SBs. Marlins - Alex Gonzalez, .335 avg.; Mike Lowell, 18 HRs, 49 RBIs and 39 runs; Juan Pierre, 24 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Angels - 2-2; Marlins - 3-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - OF DaVanon went 2-for-4 and is hitting .462 (30-for-65) since May 15. … LF Anderson, who hit five home runs in Anaheim’s previous three games, went 0-for-4. … RHP Troy Percival was activated from the disabled last after Friday’s game. Marlins - 1B Derrek Lee is hitless in nine at-bats since going 4-for-4 on Tuesday. … Lee is the only Marlins player to start all 62 games this season. … SS Gonzalez homered in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 14-17 on the road; Marlins - 18-14 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Marlins - RHP Josh Beckett (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 60-day DL.