Los Angeles (53-59) at Boston (66-46)

Cloudy Currently: Boston, MA
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 7, 2003
  • TV: KCAL, NESN
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Ramon Ortiz has had a penchant for ending losing streaks for the defending World Series champion Anaheim Angels this season.

He’ll be faced with another when the Angels try to avoid a three-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The 30-year-old right-hander has halted four Anaheim skids, including two of three since the All-Star break. On Friday, he pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in a 5-0 home victory over Toronto, ending Anaheim’s three-game losing streak and Roy Halladay’s major league-high 15-game win streak.

“Ramon did a great job shutting down a terrific offense,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Ortiz, who has a team-high 13 wins and a team-low 4.21 ERA, has won nine of his last 12 decisions. He is 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA over his last six starts.

Anaheim has lost four straight, including Wednesday’s 4-2 decision. The Angels have scored more than two runs just once during the slide.

Boston has won three in a row following a four-game losing streak.

Nomar Garciaparra hit his 20th homer, and David Ortiz added an RBI triple for the Red Sox, who lead the AL wild card standings by a half-game over Oakland.

Garciaparra’s homer was his second in as many days. The All-Star shortstop has five homers and 10 RBIs over his last nine games. He has reached base in 51 of his 52 home games, including the last 13.

STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 15 1/2 GB, AL West. Red Sox - 2nd place, 2 1/2 GB, AL East.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Ortiz (13-8, 4.21 ERA). Ortiz didn’t get the decision at Boston on May 16, giving up four earned runs and eight hits over six innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in seven career starts against the Red Sox.

RED SOX PROBABLE STARTER: John Burkett (8-5, 4.86 ERA). Burkett took a 2-1 loss at Baltimore on Friday, giving up both runs and eight hits over seven innings. The 38-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA over his last four starts. In two starts against Anaheim this season, Burkett is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Overall, he is 7-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 career starts against the Angels.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .314 avg., 25 HRs and 90 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 59 runs; Adam Kennedy, 15 SBs. Red Sox - Bill Mueller, .329 avg.; Manny Ramirez, 25 HRs and 80 RBIs; Garciaparra, 89 runs; Johnny Damon, 22 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Red Sox, 5-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - LF Anderson, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI Wednesday, is batting just .278 (10-for-36) over his last nine games. … SS David Eckstein has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. … RF Jeff DaVanon is 2-for-24 (.083) over his last nine games. Red Sox - SS Garciaparra reached the 20-homer mark for the sixth time in seven seasons. He missed it in 2001 when he played just 21 games following surgery on his right wrist. … Of the 42 players the Red Sox have used this season, 27 were not on the team last year. … The triple by DH Ortiz gave him 10 extra-base hits in his last 10 hits. He has five doubles, two triples and three homers.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 22-31 on the road; Red Sox - 37-16 at home.

INJURIES: Angels - 1B-DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Red Sox - RHP Brandon Lyon (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robert Person (hip), 15-day DL.

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R. Ortiz Tor vs. J. Burkett Bos
16-13 Record 12-9
5.20 ERA 5.15
94 K 107
63 BB 47
1.51 WHIP 1.37