Ortiz (12-7) won for the eighth time in 10 starts as he limited the
to an unearned run and three hits. He threw 100 pitches, walking three and striking out six in improving to 5-1 lifetime against Tampa Bay.
walked one in a scoreless eighth to lower his miniscule ERA to 0.36 and
got a popout and a pair of groundouts in the ninth to notch his 21st save in 22 opportunities.
The Angels have not lost six in a row since April 8-13, 2002. Four of their five losses in this skid were by one run.
"We played three of four games last week that we had opportunities to win, so it feels good to close one out and get it done," Angels manager
said. "It feels good to get a lead and hold it. We haven't put ourselves in that position this week."
extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the second inning and tied the game with a run-scoring double in the fourth for Anaheim, which won the season series, 6-3.
"After the All-Star break, it seemed like things were going backwards, but today it feels good to win," Angels shortstop
said. "You always want to break that streak and just try to find a way to break that. Today Ramon was big. He went seven strong and made it a two-inning game. This is the style of play that has made us successful."
(3-7) fell to 0-6 in seven starts against the Angels. The lefthander went eight innings, allowing three runs and six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Kennedy was tagged for eight runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's loss to Texas and hadn't gone more than six innings since tossing a one-hitter against the woeful
on May 2.
"It's the best I've seen Kennedy throw in the year I've been here,"
said. "If we get some follow-up and consistency with it, we're in business. I saw life on the end of his pitches, good rotation on the breaking ball, but most importantly, I saw good velocity and good location. It's the best game I've seen him throw, including the game in Detroit."
Tampa Bay gave Kennedy a 1-0 lead without a hit in the second.
walked, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. One out later, Ortiz walked
, and third baseman
threw away a ground ball by
, allowing Lee to score.
"I had good command," Ortiz said. "I threw a lot of good pitches. I made a good changeup with people in scoring position to get ground balls and get out of the inning."
After Ortiz again stranded two runners in the fifth by striking out
and getting rookie
to ground out, Eckstein led off the sixth with a single. He moved to third when
's bloop single took a tricky bounce past
in left and scored on Salmon's sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
The Angels got their final run in the eighth, when Erstad had a two-out single and stole second before coming home on Salmon's base hit to left.