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By Joe Haakenson, Contributor - 

AUG. 31, 2002

ANAHEIM – The Angels put the game away early with a six-run second inning, allowing starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz to settle in and go the distance with a five-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles before 38,563 at Edison Field.

Ortiz gave up five hits – all singles – striking out six and walking none while improving to 11-9.

The Angels got offense from all over, led by Orlando Palmeiro’s four hits. Darin Erstad had three hits, Bengie Molina hit a three-run homer and Adam Kennedy homered.

The win allowed the Angels to keep pace with Oakland, which won its 17th game in a row. The Angels trail the A’s by 3 ½ games in the A.L. West, but lead Seattle by 2 ½ in the wild-card standings.

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