Los Angeles (35-25) at New York (31-30)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Jun 11, 2005
  • TV: KCAL, WPIX
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Kris Benson will try to help the New York Mets avoid their fourth four-game losing streak of the season when they resume a three-game interleague series with the Los Angeles Angels at Shea Stadium.

New York was crushed 12-2 in Friday’s series opener, dropping into last place in the NL East, but just four games behind first-place Washington.

Benson has won four of his last five starts, including Sunday’s 12-1 win over San Francisco. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits over seven solid innings.

The Mets’ recent struggles have been the result of an offense that has failed to score more than three runs in five of the last six games. New York is 8-22 this season when scoring three runs or fewer this season.

The Angels got a huge lift from the return of reigning AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero, who had three hits and three runs scored in his return from the disabled list. Guerrero had not played since partially dislocating his shoulder on May 20.

“He makes everyone around him better. There’s no question what he does to a lineup,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Guerrero. “It’s not going to relate to 12 runs all the time.”

Steve Finley and Darin Erstad homered for Los Angeles, which has won three of four and is 5-5 on a 12-game road trip.

“The guys have been going good without me,” Guerrero said through an interpreter.

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J. Washburn Det vs. K. Benson Ari
8-8 Record 10-8
3.20 ERA 4.13
94 K 95
51 BB 49
1.33 WHIP 1.26