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Anaheim Angels Team Report - May 4

(Sports Network) - Hoping to break out of a scoring slump, the Anaheim Angels close out a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome this afternoon.

Anaheim's Tim Salmon ended 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games on Saturday, but the Angels were still dealt the 7-1 setback. David Eckstein homered for the Angels, who have scored just two runs in losing the first two games of the series.

Scot Shields started for the Angels, losers of two straight, and was charged with two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Shields struck out two and walked two in the losing effort.

Taking the hill for the Angels this afternoon is Ramon Ortiz, searching for his fifth win of the campaign. The righthander has won his last two decisions, including a 10-1 blowout of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

In that contest Ortiz went the distance for the first time in 2003, allowing just one earned runs on seven hits, although he failed to record a single strikeout in the contest, the first time that has happened in six appearances this season.

The 29-year old started a pair of games against the Blue Jays last season, finishing with a 1-1 mark to go along with his 4.50 ERA. Ortiz struck out 17 batters in 14 innings and walked just one.

For his career he has a 3-4 record and a 4.23 ERA against Toronto.

Eckstein's home run on Saturday was just the second of the season for the shortstop and he is still hitting just .250 for the Angels.

Anaheim's Garret Anderson, despite a triple yesterday, continues to watch what was once the best batting average in the AL slowly slip, now down to .339.

05/04 10:30:37 ET

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