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Angels' long ball dooms Affeldt, KC
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07/10/2003  2:27 AM ET 
Angels' long ball dooms Affeldt, KC
Mistakes prove costly for first-place Royals
By Sandy Burgin / Special to MLB.com

Ken Harvey collides with Bengie Molina at the plate in the sixth inning Wednesday night. (Chris Carlson/AP)
ANAHEIM -- Shawn Wooten hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel the Anaheim Angels to a 5-3 victory over the  Royals Wednesday night before 34,196 fans at Edison Field.

Wooten's homer, over the short wall down the left-field line, was his fifth of the season. It came off of Jeremy Affeldt (5-5) who had given up singles to Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson leading off the inning as the Angels erased the Royals' 3-2 lead.

Francisco Rodriguez, who came on in relief of Angels starter Kevin Appier in the sixth, got the victory going two innings as he improved to 5-1.

Brendan Donnelly pitched a scoreless eighth before Troy Percival came on in the ninth to pick up his 20th save, but not without a struggle. Brent Mayne and pinch-hitter Jarrod Patterson opened the Kansas City ninth with singles. Aaron Guiel lifted a deep fly to right field, which Eric Owens caught at the wall. The Royals rolled the dice as both runners tagged up, but Owens' throw to Gil nailed Patterson at second for a rare 9-6 double play.

"It was a mistake," said Royals manager Tony Peña of Patterson's attempt to go to second. "In that situation right there we wanted to give our best hitters a chance. There was no reason for (Patterson) tagging up in that situation. It was a mental mistake."

Percival came back and got Desi Relaford on a fly to center and the Angels had the victory.

Despite the loss the Royals remained 4 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota and 5 1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the AL Central as both of those teams also lost.

    Ken Harvey   /   1B
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Weight: 240
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It was a collision at home between KC's Ken Harvey and Angels catcher Bengie Molina that appeared to change the momentum of the game in the sixth inning.

The Royals, who had trailed, 2-0, put three runs on the board in the top of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead and had a chance for possibly more when Harvey was thrown out at home on  double steal.

Harvey, who had doubled home the tying run was at third when the Angels walked Mayne intentionally to get to Carlos Febles, who quickly fell behind in the count, 0-2.

That's when Mayne broke for second and Rodriguez wheeled around and threw to shortstop Benji Gil, who threw home to Molina, who was waiting there with the ball when Harvey bowled him over. Molina hung on to the ball and Harvey was out.

"It was just baseball," said Harvey. "It wasn't like I went out of the way to try to get him. It's just old school, it's how you're taught to play the game."

Harvey said he got to speak to Molina the next inning when he (Molina) grounded out. "I said, 'No hard feelings,'" Harvey said. "And he said, 'Same here.' It's baseball. If I went out of my way to try to do something it would have been a different story. That's just the way the game is played."

Relaford had opened the Royals' sixth inning with a triple. He came home on a single to right by Carlos Beltran.

Raul Ibañez followed with a grounder up the middle that looked like a double-play ball. However, the ball hit off the glove of Gil and went on into center field. It was ruled a single with Beltran motoring on to third.

That was all for Angels starter Appier, who gave way to Rodriguez, who was greeted with a booming double to right-center by Harvey scoring Beltran as the Royals tied the game, 2-2.

Rodriguez got Michael Tucker on a popup, but Angel Berroa delivered a deep fly to center scoring Ibañez with the go-ahead run as the Royals took a 3-2 lead.

While it was the home-run ball that led to Affeldt's ultimate downfall in the sixth, it was a walk and a balk that caused him problems earlier in the game.

    Jeremy Affeldt   /   P
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In the fourth, Affeldt walked Salmon leading off the inning. Salmon went to third on a single to center by Anderson. Affeldt got Troy Glaus, playing in his club record 750th game at third base, to hit into a 4-6-3 double play but Salmon scored the games' first run.

In the fifth, Gil singled to center with one out. With Adam Kennedy at bat, Affeldt was called for a balk as he tried to pick off Gil at first. Affeldt got Kennedy on a popup to Febles for the second out, but Darin Erstad came through with a single to center on a 3-2 pitch scoring Gil for a 2-0 Angels lead.

"He (Affeldt) was throwing the ball good," said Peña. "I don't think the balk affected him at all. He just made a mistake on the one pitch (to Wooten) and it cost him the ballgame.

"I tell you what this ballclub never quits," Peña said. "We just keep coming. We could have hung it up after they (Angels) took the lead. But we kept bouncing back. They play hard and I'm happy the way we play."

Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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