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Angels load 'em up for Vlad, who knocks down Yankees

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The New York Yankees got an impressive six innings from Randy Johnson, a pair of solo homers from Jason Giambi, and solo shots by Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui.

The Angels' Vladimir Guerrero wiped all that out with one swing Thursday night, rallying Los Angeles to a 6-5 victory with a grand slam.

"Coming from behind, being 2-for-30, that makes it really good," Guerrero said through a translator.

The 2004 AL MVP broke out of his recent slump in dramatic fashion, driving the ball over the wall in center field to greet Tom Gordon, the Yankees' third reliever of the seventh inning.

"Once I hit it, I thought it was going to go out," said Guerrero, who hesitated as he watched the flight of the ball. "Then I saw Bernie Williams go back and camp out, and I thought I'd better start really running."

The ball cleared the fence with several feet to spare.

Yankees manager Joe Torre pulled Johnson after the sixth because Johnson seemed to be favoring his back. Torre didn't want to take any chances with his ace.

"Hopefully, he should be ready for his next start," Torre said.

Johnson sounded as if he will.

"I kind of dragged my foot and I think my momentum just kind of put a lot more of my body weight on my right side and I felt my back tweak a little bit," he said. "But I've done it before, so I'll be fine. I can touch my toes now and I'll touch my toes tomorrow."

The Angels' Bartolo Colon (12-6) had given up four homers and five runs, so he was especially happy to see Guerrero bring Los Angeles back from a 5-2 deficit.

"I actually jumped up in the dugout when he hit it," Colon said through a translator. "I said, 'Thank you, Vlade. Now I'll give it to the bullpen.'"

Gordon (3-4) said he threw his cut fastball essentially where he wanted, and Guerrero still pounded it.

"The ball was down, but he was able to get the ball in the air and drive it. There aren't too many guys who can hit that pitch out of the ballpark," Gordon said.

Guerrero's 17th homer, only his fifth hit in 45 at-bats, came after Johnson held the Angels to two runs on four hits before leaving after the sixth inning of what was his 500th career start.

Giambi hit a pair of solo homers for the second time in as many nights, with two in an 8-4 win at Texas on Wednesday.

He has hit 15 home runs this season, 10 this month.

Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 27th homer, and Matsui hit his 16th.

Colon allowed the five runs on eight hits in seven innings and struck out three.

Scot Shields pitched the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez came on for the ninth and gave up a leadoff double to Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod advanced to third on Matsui's flyball, but Rodriguez got his 22nd save in 24 chances by striking out Giambi and -- after walking Williams -- getting pinch-hitter Jorge Posada to ground out to second.

Gordon was charged with run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

The Yankees went up 5-2 on homers by Matsui and Giambi in the seventh after Giambi homered in the fourth.

Los Angeles had closed to 3-2 on Garret Anderson's RBI single in the sixth inning.

The Angels got their first hit -- and first run -- off Johnson in the fourth inning. Johnson hit Darin Erstad with a pitch leading off the inning. One out later, Anderson singled to move Erstad to third, then Bengie Molina followed with a sacrifice fly.

New York's Derek Jeter tripled on Colon's first pitch of the game and scored on Robinson Cano's single, then Rodriguez homered later in the inning.

Notes

  • John Flaherty has caught eight of Johnson's last nine starts. The Big Unit is 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA in those eight games. Posada caught the other game during that stretch, and Johnson gave up seven runs over three innings.
  • The sellout crowd of 44,109 put the Angels at 2,042,849 this season, making them the second team this season -- behind the Yankees -- to top the two million mark in home attendance.
  • Cano's RBI single in the opening inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • It was only the second time in 20 starts this season that Colon has allowed more than two homers. The Yankees hit three against him on April 26 in a 12-4 victory at New York.
 
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Things are looking up for Vladimir Guerrero, who ends a recent power drought with a grand slam.  (AP)
Things are looking up for Vladimir Guerrero, who ends a recent power drought with a grand slam. (AP)

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V. Guerrero
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R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
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J. Giambi
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3110000 .295
Robinson Cano, 2B4011001 .306
Gary Sheffield, RF4000012 .300
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4131000 .316
Hideki Matsui, DH4111011 .306
Jason Giambi, 1B4222021 .288
Bernie Williams, CF3000100 .243
John Flaherty, C3000000 .162
   a- Jorge Posada, PH1000002 .264
Bubba Crosby, LF3010000 .269
Totals33595147 
a-grounded out for Flaherty in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Rodriguez (18, Rodriguez)
3B - Derek Jeter (3, Colon)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (27, Colon), Hideki Matsui (16, Colon), Jason Giambi 2 (15, Colon, Colon)
SH - Derek Jeter (4)
RBI - Robinson Cano (35), Alex Rodriguez (78), Hideki Matsui (73), Jason Giambi 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (37), Jason Giambi (12)
CS - Alex Rodriguez (4, 2nd base by Colon/Molina)
Team LOB - 3
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson 6422240 4.18
Scott Proctor0011100 5.54
Buddy Groom (H,3) 0.1222010 5.11
Tom Gordon (BS,4; L,3-4) 0.2211001 2.85
Felix Rodriguez 1000010 4.61
IBB - Cabrera by Randy Johnson
HBP - Erstad (by Randy Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 89-62, Scott Proctor 9-5, Buddy Groom 10-6, Tom Gordon 11-7, Felix Rodriguez 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 10-4, Tom Gordon 1-1, Felix Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 25, Scott Proctor 1, Buddy Groom 3, Tom Gordon 4, Felix Rodriguez 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 2B4110001 .280
Darin Erstad, 1B3210013 .279
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4114001 .311
Garret Anderson, LF4021000 .298
Bengie Molina, DH3021000 .319
Orlando Cabrera, SS3000102 .245
Steve Finley, CF4000013 .225
Jose Molina, C2000020 .218
   a- Jeff DaVanon, PH0100100 .249
    Josh Paul, C1000000 .161
Maicer Izturis, 3B3110120 .279
Totals316863610 
a-walked for Molina in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bengie Molina (8, R. Johnson)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (17, Gordon)
SF - Bengie Molina (5)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 4 (58), Garret Anderson (66), Bengie Molina (40)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (28)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Figgins-Erstad, Molina-Cabrera-Erstad
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon (W,12-6) 7855034 3.78
Scot Shields (H,20) 1000000 2.29
Francisco Rodriguez (S,22) 1100110 1.91
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 87-60, Scot Shields 8-7, Francisco Rodriguez 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 8-8, Scot Shields 3-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 27, Scot Shields 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44109
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson