Los Angeles (50-30) at Baltimore (34-45)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 30, 2007
  • TV: KCOP, MASN
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June has been such a good month for Chone Figgins and the Los Angeles Angels. They probably wish it wasn’t ending.

Figgins looks to improve upon his record-setting month and the Angels (50-30) look to finish with baseball’s best record in June when they continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (34-44) on Saturday night at Camden Yards.

Figgins has a team-record 51 hits this month, breaking the mark of 48 by Darin Erstad in April 2000. He’s hitting with 22 runs and 16 RBIs in 25 games in June.

“I’ve had a consistent approach from both side of the plate,” Figgins told the Angels’ official web site. “All you can do as a hitter is stick with your approach, hit the ball hard and hope to find holes.”

The leadoff hitter has helped the Angels go 17-8 in June for the best mark in the majors, and they became the first team to reach 50 wins with a 9-7 victory on Friday. Seattle is second with a 17-9 mark this month.

Figgins went 4-for-5 Friday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, a span in which he has batted .542 (26-for-48). He’s also 13-for-20 (.650) with seven runs scored and four stolen bases in five games against Baltimore this year.

The Angels took a fourth straight meeting with the Orioles on Friday, also recording their ninth victory in the last 11 matchups. Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Chris Ray as Los Angeles ended a three-game slide.

In Ray’s previous appearance against the Angels on June 3, he allowed a two-run, walk-off homer to Vladimir Guerrero in Los Angeles’ 4-3 home win.

Baltimore dropped to 5-4 under interim manager Dave Trembley even though Aubrey Huff became the first Oriole to hit for the cycle since Cal Ripken Jr. in 1984.

“We were fortunate tonight,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Those guys outplayed us in a lot of ways. With the night Huff had, we were lucky to have recorded a win.”

Los Angeles blew a 5-0 lead before scoring a run in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game and set the stage for Kendrick’s homer.

Bartolo Colon (6-3, 5.90 ERA) hopes to snap out of his recent funk. The Angels right-hander is 1-3 with an 8.54 ERA in his last six starts.

Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two runs, seven hits and a season-high four walks while fanning six in six innings of the Angels’ 4-3, 10-inning win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

“I saw some things mechanically that helped me a lot,” said Colon, who is 8-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 starts against Baltimore and 3-4 with a 3.42 ERA in eight Camden Yards appearances. “I wasn’t fluid. I was able to stay compact and drive the ball down.”

The Orioles have lost three straight games started by Brian Burres (3-2, 3.36) and he does not have a decision since he beat the Angels on May 31, the only time he has faced Los Angeles. The left-hander gave up one run and three hits over five innings in a 6-2 win.

Burres has a week off since he gave up four ruins, four hits and a season-high tying five walks in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-4 defeat last Saturday at Arizona. He threw only 47 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

“I just didn’t have any command the whole time,” Burres told the Orioles’ official web site. “I was either throwing balls or one of the worst strikes, down the middle all the time. I was trying to fiddle with little things throughout the game, and nothing would get me locked in to stay locked in.”

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6-8 Record 6-8
6.34 ERA 5.95
76 K 96
29 BB 66
1.62 WHIP 1.70

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Saturday, Jun 30