Anaheim Angels Team Report - August 9
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(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Angels will try to complete their first-ever four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals when they play the finale tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The Angels' last three-game sweep of the Royals came on May 20-22, 2002 in Anaheim. They have swept six three-game series in Kansas City with the last coming from June 10-12, 1996. Anaheim picked up a big comeback win in Sunday's game. David Eckstein's bases- loaded bunt single scored the go-ahead run during a three-run ninth that lifted the Angels to a 6-4 win. Jose Guillen added a homer during the ninth for the Angels, who have won four straight including the first three of this four-game set. Guillen finished 1- for-3 with two RBI for Anaheim, which has won 12 of 17 on the road. Trailing 4-3 in the ninth, Anaheim scored three times to take a two-run lead. Guillen tied it by leading off the innings with a homer, then a critical error by Dennys Reyes on the mound led to the winning runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Eckstein attempted to bunt for a single, getting the ball just past the pitchers mound on the first base side. Eckstein had the play beat for a base hit, but Reyes tried to rush a throw to first and threw it away. Darin Erstad scored the go-ahead run, while Adam Kennedy came across on the error. Brandon Donnelly (4-2) got the win by tossing 1 1/3 innings of relief. Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his eighth save. The Angels are tied with Texas for second place in the American League West. Both teams are 1 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics. Ramon Ortiz will try to pick up his first victory in nearly two months, as he heads to the mound for the Angels. Ortiz is 0-2 with a 3.68 earned run average in his last eight outings -- three of which came out of the bullpen. He is coming off a loss in Minnesota on Wednesday after allowing six runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old righthander is 2-4 with a 7.68 ERA in six career starts against the Royals. This is the first series of the season between these teams. The Angels took six of nine matchups against the Royals last season and hold a 20-10 edge against Kansas City since the start of the 2001 campaign.