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Kohn shutting down opponents' scoring chances

ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Michael Kohn has a streak of 17 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run since Seattle scored two off him April 1.

But what Kohn said he's proudest of is stranding inherited runners. He's 9-for-9 this season, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning on Sunday in Toronto.

"I take a lot of pride in [stranding] inherited runners," Kohn said. "Especially in a game like that where [Jered] Weaver had been throwing the ball great all day. To get out of that for him, with no runs scoring, was special."

Kohn fills a utillity role in the Angels bullpen. Fernando Salas has staked out the seventh, with Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri rotating in the eighth and ninth innings. Kohn never pitches in save situations and rarely in hold situations, but he often comes in when the Angels are behind.

"When I was in the Minor Leagues, I was a closer, and I fed off that adrenaline," Kohn said. "It's not the same most times when I pitch, but I try to take the same approach." 

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