Angels 9, Marlins 2
Anderson, who had three home runs against Montreal on Wednesday, hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning off Tommy Phelps. It was Anderson’s sixth home run on the trip and his 13th of the year. He has 16 RBIs in 11 games away from Anaheim.
“Garret is having a pretty good career,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He is as consistent as any ballplayer around. When he gets pitches to hit, he doesn’t miss them very often. Yeah, he’s having a good week.”
Sele (3-3) had his best performance of the season in his sixth start. He pitched seven innings in his longest outing of the year and allowed two runs on four hits. He did not walk a batter and even singled in the seventh.
“It has been a work in progress,” said Sele, who had lost three consecutive starts before beating the Devil Rays last Sunday.
“I am still going to have some ups and downs. Tonight it was nice to go out and win two in a row and pitch deep into the game.”
Troy Percival, just off the disabled list, worked a hitless ninth in his first action in more than two weeks.
“I would have been comfortable going out there in a one-run situation,” Percival said. “I’ve been doing that long enough. But to have the freedom to go out there and throw some breaking balls when I might not have, was good. Those are the things you can do in a 9-2 game.”
Phelps (2-1) was tagged for five runs all in the fifth inning in his fourth start of the year. He allowed five runs on six hits for Florida, which lost for just the fifth time in 15 games.
Anderson’s home run put the Angels up 3-0 in the fourth. Spiezio opened the inning with a single off Phelps, and Tim Salmon walked. Anderson lined the next pitch over the fence in right, and the Angels added two more runs in the inning.
“The pitch didn’t really do anything,” Anderson said. “It stayed out over the plate. In that situation, with runners on base, I’m not trying to hit the ball on the ground.”
Phelps was ahead of Salmon 1-2 before walking him. Phelps said the frustration of losing Salmon carried over to Anderson’s at-bat.
“The walk to Salmon really made me mad,” Phelps said. “That’s what upset me. Anderson likes his pitches up and out over the plate, and if you put it there, he’s going to make you pay. He’s been a .300 hitter, but now he has power to go with it.”
Marlins manager Jack McKeon was ejected in the fifth by first base umpire Gary Cederstrom. McKeon argued that Alex Gonzalez, who singled, should have been awarded second base, thinking that Spiezio interfered at first.
“We had a little misunderstanding,” McKeon said of his exchange with Cederstrom. “His judgment was that he (Gonzalez) wouldn’t have made it to second.”
Florida’s bats have gone quiet the last two nights as the Marlins have managed just eight hits. They won on Friday with three hits.
“We didn’t have much going on offensively,” McKeon said. “We have our spurts now and then, but we have to do better than this.
Anderson has 419 RBIs since the 2000 season, tying him with Jason Giambi for the second-highest total in the American League. Alex Rodriguez leads with 447. … Gil started in place of the injured David Eckstein at shortstop. It was Gil’s 17th start of the year, but only the third at shortstop. … Gil committed a fielding error to start the Florida first, then helped turn a double play. … Eckstein was kept out for the second straight game after bruising his left hand during batting practice Friday. … Marlins pitchers went 30 innings without allowing a home run before Anderson connected off Phelps. … Salmon left the game in the fourth. In the top of the inning, prior to reaching on a walk, he hit a pitch off his left ankle. He is listedday to day.