ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Vladimir Guerrero had a pair of run-scoring doubles, giving him 900 career RBI, and Garret Anderson and Jose Molina both hit two-run singles to lead the Los Angeles Angels past the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Wednesday night.
John Lackey (9-4) improved to 3-0 in his last four starts, allowing three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. That stretch included a no-decision against Toronto last Thursday, when he pitched eight scoreless innings before the Angels lost 2-1 in 18 innings.
Lackey walked three and struck out seven, including Miguel Tejada his first three times up. Tejada, who leads Baltimore with 70 RBI, entered the game averaging a strikeout every 9.8 plate appearances -- eighth-best in the AL.
Anaheim increased its lead in the AL West to two games over the Oakland Athletics.
Brian Roberts had two RBI, Jay Gibbons an RBI double and Javy Lopez an RBI single for the Orioles, who have lost a season-worst eight straight and 14 of 15 to fall five games under .500 and 10½ games out of first in the AL East -- their largest deficit of the season.
Rafael Palmeiro sat out his third game of a 10-game suspension after testing positive for steroids.
Erik Bedard (5-4) was charged with seven runs, eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings -- just the second time in 13 starts this season he allowed more than three earned runs.
Bedard had the AL's second-best ERA (2.08) when he went on the disabled list May 22 with a sprained left knee. But in four starts since his return, the left-hander is 0-3 with a 5.49 ERA.
Angels rookie Maicer Izturis fouled out to catcher Javy Lopez while trying to bunt Jose Molina to second in the fifth inning. But it hardly mattered, as seven of the next eight batters reached base and the Angels scored six runs -- tying a season high for one inning -- to take a 7-2 lead.
Orlando Cabrera and Darin Erstad hit RBI singles and Anderson singled home two more on an 0-2 pitch after Bedard walked Guerrero to load the bases. Molina also came up with the bases loaded and greeted Chris Ray with a two-run single that capped the rally.
Guerrero opened the scoring in the first with a two-out double after a leadoff single by Chone Figgins that extended his hitting streak to 13 games, equaling a career best. Another two-out double by Guerrero in the sixth extended the Angels' lead to 8-3 and gave the reigning AL MVP 35 RBI in his last 32 games.