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Vlad belts two homers in return as Angels clobber lowly O's

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BALTIMORE -- Looks like Vladimir Guerrero has sufficiently recovered from the arm injury that forced him to miss four games.

The evidence: A pair of two-run, 400-foot homers in the Los Angeles Angels' 10-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Guerrero had been out because of an inflamed right triceps. The star right fielder came back as the designated hitter for the AL West leaders.

"If Vlad can swing the bat, that's big," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. "Just to get his bat in the lineup, that's important."

To say the least.

"Any time one the best players in baseball is back in your lineup, it makes you better as a team," said teammate Reggie Willits, who had three of the Angels' 14 hits.

Guerrero homered off Victor Santos to cap a five-run third inning and hit another two-run shot off Fernando Cabrera in the seventh.

"I think both those pitches didn't have much finish on them," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "With Guerrero, he's such a great hitter, I think you're probably better off making him hit pitches out of the strike zone than you are throwing him pitches in the strike zone. The guy's a great bad ball hitter to begin with. I think you're complicating the matter even more when you throw the ball in the middle of the plate to him."

It was Guerrero's 33rd career multihomer game, the fourth this season. He needs one more home run to reach 25 for a 10th consecutive year.

The Angels, however, lost center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a sprained right ankle. X-rays were negative, and the team said he will miss at least the next five games.

He left in the third inning after his spikes got caught in the dirt during an awkward slide into second base on a two-out grounder to shortstop Miguel Tejada, who threw to first -- not second -- base.

"I thought I broke it," said Matthews, who was on crutches and wearing a protective brace. "I was thinking I wouldn't be able to play in the playoffs. But it's not broken. Now it's a matter of getting the swelling down so we can strengthen it."

Chone Figgins doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Angels won their fifth straight road game. They're 49-25 at home and 36-34 on the road.

Los Angeles also played without infielder Maicer Izturis, who has a sore right foot.

"It's part of baseball. Guys are going to get nicked up," Scioscia said. "We're getting down here to crunch time, it's not an opportune time. You deal with what you're dealt. We have depth on this club, and we have to keep moving forward."

Joe Saunders (8-3) gave up four runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings, but received enough offensive backing to earn his first victory in four starts since Aug. 19.

Kevin Millar went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI for the Orioles, who have lost 17 of 20. The defeat assured Baltimore (61-82) its 10th consecutive losing season.

Santos (0-1), making his Baltimore debut, allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. He was the 25th pitcher used by the Orioles this year, breaking the club record of 24 set in 2006.

"I felt all right, but in the third inning I didn't make many good pitches and they took advantage of it," Santos said. "You can't make those kinds of mistakes against a first-place team."

It was the sixth straight game in which a Baltimore starter failed to get past the fifth inning.

"I think it's beyond concern," Trembley said. "It's just been a fact that we've lived with far too long."

Los Angeles trailed 1-0 before batting around in the third inning. After Willits singled in a run and Figgins ended an 11-pitch at-bat with an RBI double, Orlando Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly. Guerrero sent Santos' next pitch over the center-field wall.

Figgins doubled in a run in the fourth, and Millar hit a two-run homer in the bottom half.

Baltimore closed to 6-4 in the fifth when Tike Redman hit a leadoff triple and scored on a groundout by Nick Markakis.

The Angels pulled away in the seventh. After Guerrero homered off Fernando Cabrera, Casey Kotchman singled and scored on a double by Howie Kendrick.

Tejada hit an RBI single in the bottom half to make it 9-5.

Figgins, who had three hits, drew a bases-loaded walk off Radhames Liz in the ninth.

Notes

  • Figgins went 3-for-4 and is 19-for-32 (.594) against the Orioles this season.
  • Over the last 20 games, Baltimore has been outscored 178-89.
  • Guerrero has 24 RBI in his last 23 games and has hit safely in 19 of the last 21.
 
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After missing four games because of an inflamed right triceps, Vladimir Guerrero HRs twice in his return.  (AP)
After missing four games because of an inflamed right triceps, Vladimir Guerrero HRs twice in his return. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Baltimore

K. Millar
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4133210 .345
Orlando Cabrera, SS4101107 .304
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4224111 .327
Garret Anderson, LF5010002 .294
Casey Kotchman, 1B5120001 .294
Gary Matthews Jr., CF1000100 .257
    Nathan Haynes, RF1000010 .212
   a- Robb Quinlan, PH1000001 .242
    Terry Evans, RF0100100 .250
Howie Kendrick, 2B5121013 .320
Jeff Mathis, C4110111 .243
Reggie Willits, RF-CF4231100 .290
Totals3810141085  
a-fouled out for Haynes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chone Figgins 2 (23, Santos, R. Bell), Casey Kotchman (35, Santos), Howie Kendrick 2 (21, Santos, Birkins)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (24, Santos, Cabrera)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (11)
RBI - Chone Figgins 3 (52), Orlando Cabrera (80), Vladimir Guerrero 4 (114), Howie Kendrick (29), Reggie Willits (33)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (20), Howie Kendrick (9)
SB - Chone Figgins 2 (36, 3rd base off R. Bell/Hernandez, 2nd base off Hoey/Hernandez), Reggie Willits (26, 2nd base off R. Bell/Hernandez)
CS - Chone Figgins (11, 2nd base by Cabrera/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Garret Anderson 1
DP - Cabrera-Kendrick-Kotchman, Cabrera-Kendrick-Kotchman
E - Scot Shields (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (W,8-3) 51044131 3.97
Chris Bootcheck (H,3) 1.1111110 4.26
Justin Speier 0.2100010 3.12
Scot Shields 1000020 3.78
Dustin Moseley 1100010 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 87-56, Chris Bootcheck 19-12, Justin Speier 16-11, Scot Shields 20-14, Dustin Moseley 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 8-2, Chris Bootcheck 2-0, Scot Shields 2-0, Dustin Moseley 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Chris Bootcheck 5, Justin Speier 3, Scot Shields 4, Dustin Moseley 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000101 .294
Melvin Mora, 3B4030111 .270
Nick Markakis, RF5001035 .293
Miguel Tejada, SS5121013 .308
Kevin Millar, 1B4232002 .262
Aubrey Huff, DH4020000 .274
Ramon Hernandez, C4000022 .238
Jay Payton, LF4010001 .253
Tike Redman, CF4220011 .333
Totals38513428  
Batting
2B - Kevin Millar (23, Saunders), Tike Redman (3, Bootcheck)
3B - Tike Redman (2, Saunders)
HR - Kevin Millar (16, Saunders)
RBI - Nick Markakis (96), Miguel Tejada (74), Kevin Millar 2 (62)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (29)
SB - Brian Roberts (42, 2nd base off Saunders/Mathis)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Victor Santos (L,1-5) 2.2755011 5.75
Rob Bell 3311230 7.38
Fernando Cabrera 0.1122101 6.27
Kurt Birkins 1.1311010 7.27
Jim Hoey 0.2000100 10.57
Radhames Liz 1011400 9.26
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 68-44, Rob Bell 46-30, Fernando Cabrera 9-3, Kurt Birkins 21-14, Jim Hoey 14-7, Radhames Liz 29-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 2-4, Rob Bell 4-2, Kurt Birkins 1-2, Jim Hoey 1-1, Radhames Liz 1-2
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 14, Rob Bell 14, Fernando Cabrera 2, Kurt Birkins 7, Jim Hoey 3, Radhames Liz 7
Game Information
Attendance - 15371
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Paul Emmel