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Guerrero's return sparks Angels against Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Vladimir Guerrero didn't need to provide the big hit in his return from the disabled list. His mere presence in the Los Angeles Angels' lineup was enough to help his teammates.

Guerrero had three hits and scored three runs, a more modest offensive output than teammates Steve Finley and Darin Erstad, who each homered in the Angels' 12-2 win over the New York Mets on Friday night.

Bartolo Colon won his fourth straight decision in Guerrero's first game since the reigning AL MVP partially dislocated his shoulder May 20.

"He makes everyone around him better. There's no question what he does to a lineup," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not going to relate to 12 runs all the time."

Colon (8-3) wound up outpitching Mets starter Kazuhisa Ishii, and has four wins in six starts since losing May 7 to Detroit. He went six innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. He struck out three with no walks.

Ishii (1-5) was overpowering his first two times through the Angels' order. The left-hander threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of 18 batters, and lefties looked particularly uncomfortable against him.

His promising night came to a quick halt in the sixth, shortly after he had to run the bases. He gave up a four-pitch walk to Chone Figgins and allowed a tying homer to Erstad, who struck out his first two times up, lunging awkwardly at a pitch far outside the zone his second time.

"That might have been the best five innings that we've had pitched against us in a while," Scioscia said.

Erstad's home run was followed by bloop singles from Guerrero and Garret Anderson. A sacrifice and a strikeout later, Finley hit a three-run shot to right-center and Mike DeJean relieved Ishii.

"Stamina wasn't the problem," Ishii said through an interpreter.

Mets manager Willie Randolph said Ishii's spot in the rotation was not in immediate jeopardy, despite his rough turn in the sixth.

"It was kind of puzzling to have him go like that so quickly," Randolph said. "Maybe the inning before took a lot out of him running the bases, I don't know. I would hate to think that's the case."

Finley, who went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, drove in four runs and has 16 RBI in his past 13 games. Erstad's homer extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Orlando Cabrera added a three-run shot off Manny Aybar in the ninth that just eluded leaping left fielder Cliff Floyd's glove.

Ishii struck out a season-high nine and walked just two in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs on six hits. For the first five innings, anyway, it was a promising effort from a pitcher who began the night with more walks (23) than strikeouts (20).

Colon, meanwhile, was simply efficient. Like Ishii, he threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of 25 batters, but he limited the damage to Jose Reyes' RBI single in the third and Miguel Cairo's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

"My mentality was to throw strikes," Colon said through an interpreter.

Colon added an RBI single off DeJean in the sixth. It was the first multihomer inning of the season for the Angels, who have been hitting well over .300 in the past two weeks.

Joel Peralta pitched two innings in of relief of Colon, who came out after only 88 pitches because of the humidity and previous high pitch-count outings. Esteban Yan finished up the victory, which was the Angels' ninth in 14 games.

"The guys have been going good without me," Guerrero said through an interpreter.

The Angels were playing their first series against the Mets at Shea, but visited Flushing for a game against the Yankees in 1998, when Yankee Stadium was declared unsafe because a 500-pound, steel-and-concrete joint had crashed from the upper deck while the ballpark was empty.

Notes

  • The Angels placed RHP Kelvim Escobar back on the 15-day DL because of a bone spur in his right elbow.
  • Colon's helmet flew off his head twice as he swung at pitches in the third inning.
  • It was Greek Night at Shea. The nearby Queens neighborhood of Astoria is home to a large population of Greek immigrants.
  • Dallas McPherson broke his bat grounding out in the fifth inning. The shattered barrel of the bat careered through the infield and came to rest upright, with the shattered point sticking into the infield grass.
 
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Darin Erstad's two-run homer ties the game and the visiting Angels never look back. (AP)
Darin Erstad's two-run homer ties the game and the visiting Angels never look back. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

S. Finley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Anaheim

O. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 2B-3B5100111 .271
Darin Erstad, 1B5112022 .280
    Esteban Yan, P0000000 .000
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5330010 .312
    Casey Kotchman, 1B0000000 .000
Garret Anderson, LF3220200 .314
    Juan Rivera, RF0000000 .222
Bengie Molina, C2111101 .314
Dallas McPherson, 3B4000024 .248
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff DaVanon, PH-LF0101100 .222
Steve Finley, CF4134011 .233
Orlando Cabrera, SS5223001 .243
Bartolo Colon, P3011021 .333
    Adam Kennedy, 2B2000002 .308
Totals381213125913 
a-walked for Peralta in the 9th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (12, DeJean)
HR - Darin Erstad (3, Ishii), Steve Finley (8, Ishii), Orlando Cabrera (4, Aybar)
SF - Bengie Molina (4), Steve Finley (3)
SH - Bengie Molina (1)
RBI - Darin Erstad 2 (29), Bengie Molina (22), Jeff DaVanon (7), Steve Finley 4 (37), Orlando Cabrera 3 (19), Bartolo Colon (1)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Finley 3 (19), Bartolo Colon (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Kotchman
E - Juan Rivera (1, dropped fly)
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon (W,8-3) 6722030 3.09
Joel Peralta 2000010 0.93
Esteban Yan 1000000 4.94
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 88-70, Joel Peralta 22-15, Esteban Yan 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 8-7, Joel Peralta 2-3, Esteban Yan 2-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 25, Joel Peralta 6, Esteban Yan 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4021000 .273
Miguel Cairo, 2B3001001 .283
Carlos Beltran, CF4000003 .295
Cliff Floyd, LF4010010 .282
Mike Cameron, RF4000011 .322
David Wright, 3B4010012 .304
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3010002 .207
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Manny Aybar, P0000000 .000
   a- Kaz Matsui, PH1000000 .240
Ramon Castro, C3220010 .238
Kazuhisa Ishii, P1000002 .357
    Mike DeJean, P0000000 .000
    Marlon Anderson, 1B1000000 .317
Totals322720411 
a-grounded out for Aybar in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cliff Floyd (10, Colon), Ramon Castro (2, Colon)
SF - Miguel Cairo (3)
SH - Kazuhisa Ishii (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (24), Miguel Cairo (5)
SB - Jose Reyes (17, 3rd base off Colon/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (8, missed catch)
New York Mets
Kazuhisa Ishii (L,1-5) 5.2655292 5.48
Mike DeJean 1422000 5.09
Royce Ring 1.1100000 3.86
Manny Aybar 1255301 6.04
WP - Mike DeJean (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kazuhisa Ishii 88-60, Mike DeJean 19-13, Royce Ring 23-16, Manny Aybar 33-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kazuhisa Ishii 2-6, Mike DeJean 1-2, Royce Ring 2-3, Manny Aybar 1-2
Batters Faced - Kazuhisa Ishii 25, Mike DeJean 7, Royce Ring 6, Manny Aybar 8
Game Information
Attendance - 31131
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Field Culbreth