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Guerrero, Angels offense break out in rout of O's

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Vladimir Guerrero homered twice. Javy Lopez also put one over the wall, but his hit produced an out.

That pretty much summed up a Sunday afternoon in which Guerrero led the Los Angeles Angels past the error-prone Baltimore Orioles 9-3.

Guerrero drove in three runs and Chone Figgins hit a three-run homer for the Angels, who received a fine pitching performance from John Lackey and got 13 hits in their most productive offensive showing of the season.

Guerrero hit solo homers in the first and seventh innings, and an RBI single in the fifth. The homers were his first extra-base hits since homering in his first at-bat on opening day.

"Every time I go up to the plate all I am looking for is to make solid contact. That will never change regardless of whether I have one home run or no home runs," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "I never go up looking for the home run."

Lopez was merely looking for a home-run call when he sent a drive to center in the second inning with Miguel Tejada on first base.

As the ball approached the 7-foot wall, Darin Erstad leaped to make the catch. When he tumbled to the ground, it was uncertain whether he caught the ball.

By the time Erstad displayed his empty glove, Tejada had retreated from second base and was passed by Lopez. By rule, Lopez was credited with an RBI single and called out for passing the runner.

"Me and Tejada were looking at the umpire the whole time, wondering what kind of call he was going to make. We were wondering if the ball was out or (Erstad) got it in his glove," Lopez said. "One umpire called an out, so obviously Tejada went back to first base. Then the other umpire said the ball was out. But by the time he made the call, I had already passed Tejada."

The Orioles might have survived that mistake, but they also misplayed a double steal in the next inning, allowing Maicer Izturis to steal home and give the Angels a lead they would not lose.

With runners at the corners and Adam Kennedy at the plate, Figgins got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second. Izturis broke for the plate and beat the throw from first baseman Jeff Conine while Figgins took second.

"We made a couple of mistakes that cost us," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We could have come out of that five innings up 3-2 or 4-2 and it would have been a whole different ballgame. But it unraveled after that."

Lackey (2-1) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked none.

"John Lackey is probably the biggest story. He was terrific for eight innings," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez entered in the ninth, but left with a cramp in his hamstring after Jay Gibbons hit a one-out RBI double. Brendan Donnelly got the final two outs.

Conine homered for the Orioles, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Orioles starter Kris Benson (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander came in with a 1.93 ERA, but yielded at least one hit in every inning.

His wife, model Anna Benson, was among the 19,904 in attendance. It was the second time she's seen Kris pitch since he came to the Orioles in an offseason trade with the New York Mets.

"I was in Tampa, but it's my first time in Camden Yards," she said. "I'm just here with him. Any time he pitches, I'll be here."

Guerrero sent a 2-1 fastball into the left-field seats to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.

Baltimore tied it in the second, but was left aching for more after Tejada and Lopez inadvertently crossed paths.

Los Angeles made it 4-1 with a two-run fifth. Izturis doubled and scored on a double by Kennedy, who came home on a broken-bat single by Guerrero.

Conine hit his 200th career homer in the bottom half, an opposite-field solo shot to right.

Guerrero homered off Sendy Rleal in the seventh, and the Angels pulled away with a four-run eighth, capped by Figgins' homer.

Notes

  • Angels DH Tim Salmon left in the fourth inning with an injury. "His groin got a little bit tight. That'll be day to day," Scioscia said.
  • Conine has three hits this season: two homers and an RBI double.
  • Los Angeles has scored in the first inning in eight of its 12 games.
 
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Vladimir Guerrero trots around the bases in the first inning after one of his two home runs.  (AP)
Vladimir Guerrero trots around the bases in the first inning after one of his two home runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B-LF4123000 .277
Adam Kennedy, 2B5111011 .324
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5233001 .444
Garret Anderson, LF4020001 .244
    Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B1000000 .000
Tim Salmon, DH2020000 .333
    Juan Rivera, PR-DH-RF2000111 .229
Darin Erstad, CF5110015 .229
Casey Kotchman, 1B3000002 .182
Jeff Mathis, C3100102 .150
Maicer Izturis, SS3321000 .400
Totals3791382313 
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy (2, Benson), Darin Erstad (4, Byrdak), Maicer Izturis (1, Benson)
HR - Chone Figgins (1, Byrdak), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (3, Benson, Rleal)
SH - Chone Figgins (1), Casey Kotchman (1), Maicer Izturis (1)
RBI - Chone Figgins 3 (6), Adam Kennedy (7), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (8), Maicer Izturis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (6)
SB - Chone Figgins (2, 2nd base off Benson/Lopez), Vladimir Guerrero (2, 2nd base off Benson/Lopez), Maicer Izturis (1, off Benson/Lopez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kennedy-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey (W,2-1) 8622051 4.26
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1211100 6.23
Brendan Donnelly 0.2000010 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 90-58, Francisco Rodriguez 14-8, Brendan Donnelly 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-9, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0, Brendan Donnelly 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 28, Francisco Rodriguez 4, Brendan Donnelly 2
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000001 .250
David Newhan, LF4000010 .265
Melvin Mora, 3B3110110 .278
Miguel Tejada, SS4130001 .365
Jay Gibbons, DH4011002 .327
Javy Lopez, C4011002 .200
Jeff Conine, 1B4111022 .111
Nick Markakis, RF3010010 .257
Luis Matos, CF3000011 .138
Totals33383169 
Batting
2B - Jay Gibbons (5, Rodriguez)
HR - Jeff Conine (2, Lackey)
RBI - Jay Gibbons (10), Javy Lopez (5), Jeff Conine (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Benson-Tejada-Conine
E - Tim Byrdak (1, )
Baltimore Orioles
Kris Benson (L,1-2) 5944111 3.32
Sendy Rleal 2211011 5.40
Tim Byrdak 0.2244101 18.00
Jim Brower 0.1000000 10.50
Chris Britton 1000010 0.00
IBB - Mathis by Tim Byrdak
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 80-52, Sendy Rleal 35-23, Tim Byrdak 17-7, Jim Brower 6-4, Chris Britton 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 7-6, Sendy Rleal 3-2, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Jim Brower 1-0
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 24, Sendy Rleal 8, Tim Byrdak 6, Jim Brower 1, Chris Britton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19904
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman