Kansas City (44-79) at Los Angeles (72-54)

Cloudy Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 69° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 25, 2004
  • TV: FSW
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Ramon Ortiz said his performance Friday night at Yankee Stadium was the best of his life.

The Anaheim Angels are hoping he has a few more of those left as they continue their strong push toward the postseason in the finale of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Ortiz, who lost his spot in the rotation after going 1-3 with a 9.28 ERA in April, pitched effectively out of the bullpen for Anaheim before rejoining the starting five in late July. He had gone 0-2 in four starts before pitching eight innings of four-hit ball in Friday’s 5-0 victory over the Yankees, sparking a three-game sweep for the Angels.

“I think it is the best game I have thrown in my whole life,” said Ortiz, who struck out six, walked two and threw 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes.

The win was Ortiz’s first since a 6-4 victory at Houston on June 19, when he pitched six innings of three-hit ball.

“I had everything (Friday)—good changeup, good slider, good location,” Ortiz said.

The Angels ran their winning streak to seven games with a 7-5 victory over the Royals on Tuesday.

Jose Guillen belted a two-run homer and Adam Kennedy went 4-for-4 as the surging Angels won for the 15th time in 19 games to climb a season-high 18 games above .500. Anaheim remained just one-half game behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.

The Angels are percentage points behind Boston for the wild card.

Rookie John Buck homered for Kansas City, which has lost four of five. The Royals are trying to avoid suffering their first-ever season sweep to the Angels.

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M. Wood Tex vs. R. Ortiz Tor
3-8 Record 5-7
5.94 ERA 4.43
54 K 82
28 BB 38
1.40 WHIP 1.38