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SEATTLE (AP)—Ramon Ortiz wasn’t thinking. Just throwing.

Ortiz escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and went on to pitch 7 2-3 scoreless innings, outdueling Jamie Moyer for his fourth straight win as the Anaheim Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Thursday.

Eric Owens hit a solo home run and Shawn Wooten scored on a sacrifice fly by Benji Gil as the Angels averted a four-game series sweep.

“This was a very important game,” Ortiz said. “They’ve got a good team with a lot of good hitters. You have to pitch to them, and today my command was good. I had a good fastball, a good changeup and a good slider.”

Down 1-0, the Mariners loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but couldn’t score, even after Ortiz ran the count to 3-0 against Mike Cameron.

Cameron hit a dribbler to the mound that Ortiz tossed to Bengie Molina for a force at the plate. Ortiz then struck out Winn and got Jeff Cirillo to hit a harmless fly to left.

“I never think about it when I’m out there,” Ortiz said. “I just want to make a pitch to the hitter and let him try to hit it. If you make a good pitch, it’s a ground ball and you can throw it to home plate for an out.”

After he returned to the dugout, Ortiz allowed himself to relax.

“After that I thought, ‘This is the game right here,”’ he said.

In the third, Owens drove a 1-1 pitch to left field, where Seattle’s Randy Winn leaped but couldn’t make the catch. The ball glanced off his glove and bounced over the wall.

“It looked like he might have had a shot, but those are tough plays,” Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. “You can’t say he should have had it. Any ball that’s over the fence that you bring back, it’s a heck of a play.”

The Angels went ahead 2-0 in the fifth when Wooten hit a one-out single to center. He took third on Bengie Molina’s single to right and scored on Gil’s drive to deep center.

Aside from working into the fourth-inning jam, Ortiz (8-5) was outstanding. He allowed six hits with six strikeouts and one walk, mixing fastballs and sliders to keep the Mariners in check most of the day.

“He did a terrific job of hitting spots with his fastball,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “When he needed to make a pitch, he made it. I thought his slider was better today. He was able to pitch ahead in the count, and that’s important.”

Ortiz left with two outs in the eighth, and Brendan Donnelly struck out John Olerud to end the inning.

Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, for his 11th save in 12 tries.

Moyer (10-4) held the Angels to two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in eight innings. He had beaten the Angels five straight times, including twice this year.

“I can’t be disheartened or upset. I respect my teammates,” Moyer said. “They are trying to the best of their abilities and Mr. Ortiz threw the ball rather well.”

An 11th win would have given Moyer the most victories in the majors. Instead, he dropped his second straight start after losing 3-1 to Atlanta last weekend.

“Jamie just keeps getting better and better,” said Scioscia, who will manage next month’s All-Star game. “Everyone knows what he does on the mound, and he does it with such expertise that it’s difficult to mount an offenseagainst him.”

Notes

Olerud’s second-inning strikeout ended his streak of 40 plate appearances without a whiff, the longest in the majors. His previous strikeout was June 6 at Shea Stadium. … Owens boosted Anaheim’s HR total for June to 31 in 17 games, which leads the majors. … Angels 3B Troy Glaus, back in the lineup after a rest day, ended an 0-for-26 skid with a one-out double to center in the seventh. … Suzuki extended his season-high hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the third. His career high is 23 games, from April 22 to May18, 2001.

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