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Stumbling Pirates lose ninth straight

PITTSBURGH -- Chone Figgins's two-run double broke a tie in the ninth and Garrett Anderson hit a two-run homer to lead Anaheim past Pittsburgh, 4-2, last night, extending the Pirates' losing streak to nine games.

Despite Craig Wilson's homer in the second, the Pirates dropped their 14th in 15 games and matched their longest losing streak since a nine-game slide from Sept. 9-17, 2000. They are a major league-worst 9-19 at home and are 1-15 with 14 consecutive losses to AL West teams in interleague play.

The Pirates are 0-7 since interleague play began last week, dropping a pair of three-game series at Texas and Oakland during a just-ended 1-8 road trip.

With the score tied at 2 in the ninth, Darren Erstad -- just off the disabled list -- singled off Salomon Torres (4-2) for his second hit and pinch hitter Jeff DaVanon reached on a force play three batters later. DaVanon then stole second, putting him into position to score on Figgins's grounder down the third-base line past a diving Bobby Hill.

Scot Shields (5-0) pitched two innings for the victory despite allowing the tying run to score in the seventh.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Jarrod Washburn retired the final 13 batters he faced while limiting Pittsburgh to three hits and a run over six innings, but didn't figure in the decision. Washburn, winless in five starts since winning six in a row, bounced back after allowing 13 runs and 17 hits in 8 1/3 innings in consecutive losses to the Red Sox and Brewers that were his two worst starts of the season.

Pirates starter Oliver Perez also was effective, allowing two runs and striking out eight over seven innings, but was again hurt by the long ball. The lefthander took a 1-0 lead into the sixth, only to give it up on Vladimir Guerrero's leadoff double and Anderson's two-run homer into the seats in right-center.

Anderson's homer was his fourth, and the fourth in two games off Perez, who gave up three homers -- the only hits off him -- in a 9-7 loss to Texas June 10.

Perez has struck out 20 in 13 innings over his last two starts, but didn't win either one.

Perez avoided the loss after Wilson reached on third baseman Figgins's two-base error to start the seventh, a hard-hit ball that bounced wildly off Figgins's glove and into short center field, and scored on Hill's two-out single.

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