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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Angel's Save String Stops at 19


ARLINGTON, Texas -- The end came with a helmet-high fastball that Ivan Rodriguez turned into a line drive to center field. Lee Smith could shrug, smile and laugh about it.

"You didn't think I could go a whole season without messing one up, did you?'' Smith (0-1) said after his major league-record streak of earning a save in 19 consecutive appearances was snapped in the California Angels' 9-8 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

With the score 8-6 for California, Will Clark doubled off the center-field fence, knocking in the game-tying runs. After retiring Juan Gonzalez on a groundout that moved Clark to third, Smith walked Mickey Tettleton intentionally.

Rodriguez then followed with his game-winning hit for Roger McDowell (3-0).

The victory put Texas alone in first place in the American League West with the Angels in second, one game behind. It was the Angels' third consecutive loss and their first three-game losing streak this season.

The game was also the first time in 21 appearances this year that Smith entered a game before the ninth inning. He struck out two batters to end a rally in the eighth.

"Nobody's won a damn thing in June,'' said Smith, dismissing the significance of the loss. "I don't think this series should be magnified too much. If it were September it would be different. We got damn near 80 games left.''

Tigers 8, Yankees 4. In New York, David Wells (6-3) struck out 10 and won his fourth straight start as the Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees, ending the Yankees' six-game winning streak.

John Flaherty and Travis Fryman drove in two runs each and the Tigers had 13 hits off Jack McDowell.

McDowell (4-5), who had won his last three starts, was charged with all eight runs, striking out four in 4 2/3 innings before being relieved by Josias Manzanillo.

Indians 5, Royals 2. In Kansas City, Eddie Murray hit a two-run home run to move within three hits of 3,000 for his career as the Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City ace Kevin Appier (11-3) for the second time this season, ending Appier's five-game winning streak.

Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 4. In Boston, David Cone struck out 11, Paul Molitor hit his 200th career home run and the Toronto Blue Jays ended an eight-game losing streak, beating Boston. The win also ended Cito Gaston's wait to get his 500th win as manager.

Cone (6-4) gave up six hits in 8 1/3 innings. Zane Smith (2-4) was the loser.

In other AL games, it was Orioles 4, Brewers 2; White Sox 4, Twins 3; and As 7, Mariners 5.

Giants 2, Rockies 1, 11 innings. In San Francisco, J.R. Phillips slapped a two-out single down the third-base line to score Robby Thompson in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Giants broke a five-game losing streak.

Thompson started the winning rally with a two-out walk off losing pitcher Mike Munoz (1-2), and Barry Bonds followed with a sharp single to right. Phillips, who entered the game in the 10th inning and was batting only .126, sliced a 1-1 pitch down the left field line to easily score Thompson.

Other NL scores were Mets 8, Marlins 3; Reds 1, Phillies 0; Padres 8, Dodgers 2; Astros 9, Cardinals 0; Cubs 10, Pirates 3; and Braves 4, Expos 3.