Not So Angelic: Anaheim Smokes Roach, Mets 13-3

Jason Roach, who was drafted as a third basemen, might have wished he never made the transition to the mound on Saturday night. The right-hander, making his major league debut, was tagged for six hits and seven runs in three innings as the Anaheim Angels spanked the New York Mets 13-3 inside Edison International Field.

Garret Anderson led the Angel attack, going 4-for-5, homering twice, and adding four RBIs. Tim Salmon added two hits and Brad Fullmer's grand slam in the third broke the game open for the defending World Champions.

"Garret had a big night," Anaheim's Adam Kennedy said to the Associated Press of Anderson, who is second in the AL in RBIs with 61. "He's one of the top five hitters in baseball -- period. You put Barry Bonds above everybody and pick the next four, and he's right there."

Roach (0-1) -- called up from Triple-A Norfolk -- was greeted loudly by Anaheim.

"I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be," Roach said to the Associated Press. "It was exciting. But whether it's a start in Triple-A or a start here, you're trying to do your best and trying to win the game. I love being out there and I love competing. Now I'm just going to wait until my next chance."

Ramon Ortiz (6-6) stifled the Mets for seven innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- and just five hits while fanning two. The right-hander came into the contest 2-3 with a 5.55 ERA in six starts at home this season.

The Angels (34-31) got two runs home in the first when David Eckstein drew a walk and moved up to third on a wild pitch and a ground out. Tim Salmon drove him in with another ground out before Garret Anderson deposited his fifteenth homer of the year over the right-field wall.

New York (30-36) came back to tie it in their half of the second on RBIs by third basemen Ty Wigginton and first basemen Tony Clark. They added their only other run in the fourth on another Clark base hit.

Anaheim added a run in the second to take the lead and a grand slam by Brad Fullmer in the third that made it 7-3. Tim Salmon tripled in the fourth to drive in two before Garret Anderson doubled to plate another. They added three more in the ninth on a solo shot from Jeff Devanon and a two-run homer by Anderson.

New York first base coach Gary Pettis was hit on the head by a wild warm-up throw from Ty Wigginton while standing on the top step of the dugout midway through the first inning. According to Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz, he had a large bump and was dizzy following the game, but X-rays were not needed. Hitting coach Denny Walling replaced him coaching first for the remainder of the game.

OF Darren Erstad was selected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 1992 draft, but he decided to attend Nebraska University instead... RHP Roach, drafted as a third basemen, hit 39 home runs in his first three minor league seasons before being converted to a pitcher in 1999... The Mets are 3-2 on their current 10-game road trip... The Mets' team ERA increased from 4.79 to 4.93. The franchise record is 5.04 (1962), but since then Mets have never finished a season higher than 4.27 (1999)... Steve Trachsel (4-4, 5.38) draws LHP Jarrod Washburn (6-6, 3.13) on Sunday afternoon...

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