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Angels gang up on O's, bail out Escobar for his 17th victory

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BALTIMORE -- The Los Angeles Angels usually rely on their running game to generate offense. Against the erratic Baltimore Orioles' pitching staff, walking worked just fine.

Garret Anderson homered and had five RBI, Kelvim Escobar earned his 17th win despite yielding six runs, and the Angels cruised to an 18-6 victory Wednesday night.

The Orioles issued 13 walks and committed three errors. Los Angeles scored five runs in the eighth inning on five walks, an error and just one hit.

"Wow. Thirteen walks," said Chone Figgins, who walked twice and scored three runs. "We don't walk. ... We like to swing the bats."

The Angels love running, too. They stole four bases, but eventually ended up taking advantage of the generosity of Baltimore's horrid, inaccurate bullpen.

"We had some good offensive situations early, ran the bases aggressively," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As the night went on, they had trouble getting the ball over the plate and set the table for us."

Vladimir Guerrero drove in four runs and Brandon Wood hit his first major league homer for the Angels, who reduced their magic number for clinching the AL West to nine, pending Seattle's late game against Oakland. Los Angeles, which tied a season high for runs, has outscored Baltimore 28-11 in the first two games of the three-game series.

"On the offensive side, it was great that we didn't skip a beat and kept moving forward," Scioscia said.

Coming in, the Angels scored a total of three runs in successive losses to Cleveland.

Escobar (17-7) was staked to a 5-0 lead before he threw his first pitch. Although the right-hander lasted only 5 1/3 innings, the Angels made it easy for him to earn his 100th career win.

"I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. They put a lot of runs on the board," Escobar said. "I didn't pitch well, but I got the win."

Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera (9-16) gave up a career-high 10 runs, eight earned, in 4 1/3 innings. The 16 losses is tied for most in the majors.

Baltimore has lost 18 of 21, a streak that started on Aug. 22 when the team announced manager Dave Trembley would return in 2008. Baltimore has been outscored 196-96 during that span.

Trembley was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing a call at second base by umpire Paul Emmel. Trembley contended that second baseman Howie Kendrick was far off the bag when taking a throw on a fielder's choice. After Emmel tossed Trembley, the manager walked toward second base, scratched his spikes into the spot where he claimed Kendrick caught the ball, and gestured as if he was ejecting Emmel.

"It's a situation where I felt the guy was safe. That's all. I thought he was safe," Trembley said. "The game is, at times, a difference of opinion."

Los Angeles got three hits and took advantage of two errors in a five-run first. After second baseman Brian Roberts fumbled a throw on a potential double play, Anderson hit a two-run double and Maicer Izturis singled in a run. Casey Kotchman followed with a sacrifice fly, and Izturis scored when Miguel Tejada mishandled a grounder to short.

"I'm sure he'd like to have the first inning back," Trembley said of Cabrera. "What was it, a five-out inning? The way I saw it, they got three runs that were legitimate. The others, we gave them. We didn't make the plays."

Guerrero made it 6-0 in the second, driving in a run with a swinging bunt.

Anderson hit his 16th homer with a man on in the fourth, and the Orioles scored five runs in the bottom half, beginning with a solo home run by Tike Redman.

Los Angeles made it 11-5 in the fifth. After two walks, Guerrero hit a two-run single and Anderson followed with an RBI single.

Nick Markakis hit his team-leading 19th home run in the bottom half.

The Angels' five-run eighth featured two bases-loaded walks. Anderson made the first and last outs of the inning, and Guerrero picked up his 118th RBI in between.

Wood hit a two-run shot off Danys Baez in the ninth.

Notes

  • Los Angeles has won six straight on the road.
  • Cabrera has surrendered a team-high 24 homers.
  • Baltimore starters have gone seven straight games without making it past the fifth inning.
  • Escobar is 13-5 lifetime against Baltimore.
 
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Kelvim Escobar picks up his career-high 17th win despite giving up six runs over 5 1/3 innings.  (AP)
Kelvim Escobar picks up his career-high 17th win despite giving up six runs over 5 1/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, RF4321211 .347
    Kendry Morales, RF0000100 .310
Orlando Cabrera, SS3211303 .305
    Erick Aybar, SS1000003 .236
Vladimir Guerrero, DH6124011 .327
    Terry Evans, PR-DH1000003 .200
Garret Anderson, LF6235004 .297
    Nathan Haynes, LF0000000 .212
Maicer Izturis, 3B3211212 .283
   a- Mike Napoli, PH-C0100000 .249
Casey Kotchman, 1B3101121 .292
   b- Brandon Wood, PH-3B1112000 .182
Howie Kendrick, 2B6112000 .317
Jeff Mathis, C4211111 .243
   c- Robb Quinlan, PH-1B0000100 .242
Reggie Willits, CF3210212 .291
   d- Tommy Murphy, PH-CF1010000 .200
Totals42181418137  
a-hit by pitch for Izturis in the 9th
b-homered for Kotchman in the 9th
c-walked for Mathis in the 9th
d-singled for Willits in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (27, Cabrera)
HR - Garret Anderson (16, Cabrera), Brandon Wood (1, Baez)
SF - Casey Kotchman (5)
RBI - Chone Figgins (53), Orlando Cabrera (81), Vladimir Guerrero 4 (118), Garret Anderson 5 (77), Maicer Izturis (45), Casey Kotchman (63), Brandon Wood 2 (3), Howie Kendrick 2 (31), Jeff Mathis (21)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (30), Garret Anderson (21)
SB - Chone Figgins 2 (38, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez), Orlando Cabrera (19, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez), Howie Kendrick (4, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kendrick-Kotchman, Izturis-Kendrick-Kotchman
E - Orlando Cabrera (11, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Kelvim Escobar (W,17-7) 5.1766232 3.25
Darren Oliver 1.2100020 3.63
Dustin Moseley 1100000 4.40
Jason Bulger 1000030 2.70
WP - Kelvim Escobar (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Kelvim Escobar 91-59, Darren Oliver 25-18, Dustin Moseley 16-10, Jason Bulger 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kelvim Escobar 9-4, Darren Oliver 2-0, Dustin Moseley 2-1
Batters Faced - Kelvim Escobar 25, Darren Oliver 5, Dustin Moseley 4, Jason Bulger 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000021 .292
    Freddie Bynum, 2B1000010 .257
Tike Redman, CF4121000 .344
Nick Markakis, RF4111001 .293
Miguel Tejada, SS4110000 .308
    Luis Hernandez, SS0000000 .310
Kevin Millar, 1B3100101 .260
Aubrey Huff, DH3121110 .276
Ramon Hernandez, C4120002 .241
    Gustavo Molina, C0000000 .087
Scott Moore, 3B2011010 .158
   a- Melvin Mora, PH1000011 .269
    Brandon Fahey, 3B-LF1000010 .214
Jay Payton, LF3001001 .251
    J.R. House, 3B1000010 .150
Totals3569528  
a-struck out for Moore in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ramon Hernandez (16, Escobar)
3B - Miguel Tejada (1, Escobar)
HR - Tike Redman (2, Escobar), Nick Markakis (19, Escobar)
RBI - Tike Redman (8), Nick Markakis (97), Aubrey Huff (66), Scott Moore (5), Jay Payton (48)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar
E - Brandon Fahey (1, Throwing), Brian Roberts (7, Missed catch of throw), Miguel Tejada (14, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (L,9-16) 4.19108451 5.37
Rocky Cherry 3233420 4.74
Fernando Cabrera0133200 6.99
Danys Baez 1.2222301 6.44
HBP - Napoli (by Danys Baez)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 105-62, Rocky Cherry 60-32, Fernando Cabrera 22-10, Danys Baez 28-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 5-4, Rocky Cherry 3-4, Fernando Cabrera 1-0, Danys Baez 4-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 27, Rocky Cherry 15, Fernando Cabrera 4, Danys Baez 11
Game Information
Attendance - 15136
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Dan Iassogna