Baltimore at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: J. Lackey (9-4) L: E. Bedard (5-4)
HR: BAL - None   ANA - None

Angels 8, Orioles 4

CBS wire reports

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.


The Orioles' next stop on their six-game road trip is Texas. Sammy Sosa, who has played once at Ameriquest Field -- the 1995 All-Star game -- has homered in 42 different ballparks. The record is 43, by Fred McGriff. ... Lackey, who had a 56-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last eight starts, walked Melvin Mora and Sosa with two out in the fourth. But he got B.J. Surhoff to fly out to left field on the next pitch after getting a visit from pitching coach Bud Black. ... Lackey has 141 strikeouts, just three fewer than his total in 198 1/3 innings last season. ... Tejada, who had a franchise-record 31 RBI in April, has just 10 in his last 30 games. He still leads the AL with 251 total bases. ... Mora was bumped from the second spot in the lineup and batted fifth for the first time this season. ... Guerrero and Texas' Alfonso Soriano are the only players in the majors with at least 150 home runs and 100 stolen bases since the start of the 2001 season. ... Orioles No. 9 hitter Luis Matos was 3-for-4.
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Players of the Game

V. Guerrero
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

L. Matos
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Javy Lopez, C5011032 .267
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2B - Miguel Tejada (38, Peralta), Sammy Sosa (15, Lackey), Jay Gibbons (23, Lackey), Luis Matos (10, Lackey)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (57), Javy Lopez (26), Jay Gibbons (46)
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Team LOB - 11
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Baltimore Orioles
Erik Bedard (L,5-4) 4.1877430 2.96
Tim Byrdak 0.1000000 1.64
Chris Ray 2.1211230 2.74
Jason Grimsley 1000020 6.30
IBB - G. Anderson by Chris Ray
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 97-56, Tim Byrdak 3-2, Chris Ray 42-24, Jason Grimsley 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 2-7, Chris Ray 1-3
Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 24, Tim Byrdak 1, Chris Ray 11, Jason Grimsley 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 2B5220010 .290
Orlando Cabrera, SS3211221 .250
Darin Erstad, 1B5111013 .281
Vladimir Guerrero, RF3122100 .316
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Bengie Molina, DH3010112 .300
Steve Finley, CF4010004 .231
Jose Molina, C3112121 .221
Maicer Izturis, 3B4000014 .265
2B - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (20, Bedard, Ray)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (31), Darin Erstad (45), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (72), Garret Anderson 2 (71), Jose Molina 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (16), Jose Molina 2 (5)
SB - Chone Figgins (37, 2nd base off Bedard/Lopez)
Team LOB - 7
E - Chone Figgins (8, Wild throw)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,9-4) 6.2832370 3.65
Brendan Donnelly 1.1211010 3.45
Joel Peralta 1100020 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 115-78, Brendan Donnelly 26-19, Joel Peralta 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-6, Brendan Donnelly 1-2, Joel Peralta 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 32, Brendan Donnelly 6, Joel Peralta 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43749
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Paul Emmel