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"Today is the first day I didn't have to worry about my arm," said Nolan Ryan after beating Chicago 6-5. It was only his second win since mid-August. Four days later the Angels (6-1) stopped worrying—both about Ryan's arm and their overworked bullpen. He pitched a four-hitter for his first complete game in seven starts and the Angels' first in 13 games. California had spent much of the season with its best starting pitchers sidelined, but now Ryan, Chris Knapp and Frank Tanana, who made his first appearance since June 10, are all back.
That's bad news for the Royals. While Angel arms were ailing, the Royals (2-4) had picked up 10� games and had begun the week tied for first. But the Royals won just two and dropped into second, four games back.
As Jerry Koosman warmed up in the Twins' bullpen before a game with the Royals, he was extremely wild. "How am I going to get through this game?" he wondered. By allowing two hits, one run and no walks and getting seven strikeouts, that's how. It was Koos' 18th win for Minnesota (2-4).
The Rangers (5-1) are making their annual September surge. But once again, it was clearly a case of too little, too late. They still trailed the Angels by 8� games. Chicago (1-6) and Seattle (2-4) fell 18 and 19 games back, respectively.
Despite giving up 23 hits and two home runs, Rick Langford won twice for the 4-1 A's. He also pitched his ninth consecutive complete game to break Vida Blue's 8-year-old club record. Stopping just one short of a 63-year-old league record was Matt Keough, who won his first game after 18 straight losses. As he sipped celebratory champagne Keough said, "They're all behind me now. As far as I'm concerned, I'm 1-0."
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