Minnesota (72-57) at Los Angeles (74-55)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 29, 2004
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Carlos Silva has struggled as a starter this season—just not against the Anaheim Angels.

Silva looks to remain undefeated against the Angels when the Minnesota Twins conclude a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

After winning his first five decisions, the 25-year-old right-hander has had mixed results, going 5-5 in his last 16 starts with a 4.80 ERA. In three of his last six outings, Silva has allowed a combined five runs in 22 1-3 innings and won once. However, he has given up 17 runs over 17 2-3 innings with one loss in the other three.

Yet the 6-foot-4 Venezuelan has dominated the Angels this season. Aided by team record-tying six double plays, he allowed 11 hits for his first career complete game and shutout in a 10-0 win on Aug. 3.

He is now 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA in two career starts against Anaheim, which entered Saturday with the most hits and the highest team batting average in the majors (.289).

“He’s adjusted to being a starter,” said Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson of Silva, who was a reliever for Philadelphia the previous two years. “He’s had an up and down season. He was basically a one-pitch pitcher (sinking fastball as a reliever). We’re trying to incorporate some things to slow him down. He’s made steady improvement.”

Johan Santana pitched seven strong innings while Jacque Jones and Augie Ojeda homered to help the Twins to a 7-1 win Saturday—their sixth in nine games.

The Angels, whose nine-game winning streak was snapped, set a franchise record with a combined 30 runs in their previous two games and averaged 8.6 runs during their winning streak.

Jose Guillen went 0-for-4 and had a seven-game hitting streak stopped. He is 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles against Santos.

The Angels are 1 1/2 game behind the Boston Red Sox in the wild card race. They are off Monday before visiting Boston for a three-game series.

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14-8 Record 11-12
4.21 ERA 3.93
76 K 191
35 BB 76
1.43 WHIP 1.29