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L.A. Angels (44-30) «2100030107174
Philadelphia (42-33)000001000121

Santana mows 'em down, Vlad hits one out as Angels roll

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PHILADELPHIA -- A few more starts like this and Ervin Santana's disappointing 2007 season will be far behind him.

Santana struck out nine in seven impressive innings, Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Friday night.

Santana (9-3) allowed two hits and an unearned run, lowering his ERA to 3.17. He overpowered the NL's second-highest scoring offense with a nasty slider and a blazing fastball that reached 98 mph.

"It was a great performance," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Santana was 7-14 with a 5.76 ERA last year, earning a brief demotion to the minor leagues after winning 28 games over his first two big league seasons and making a name for himself in the 2005 AL Division Series against the Yankees.

Now the right-hander is back to his old form, giving the AL West leaders a strong 1-2 punch atop the rotation with Joe Saunders.

"Last year was last year," Santana said. "It was a bad year. I forgot about it. I came to spring training ready to do my best. I hope next year you remind me of this year."

Is it a great year?

"So far," Santana said with a smile.

As he did when he played for the Montreal Expos, Guerrero picked on Phillies pitching. He had three hits and three RBIs, and Howie Kendrick was 4-for-5.

In an interleague matchup of division leaders, Guerrero gave the Angels all the runs they'd need when he hit a two-run shot to left field off Adam Eaton (2-5) in the first inning.

It was Guerrero's 29th homer against Philadelphia, the most he has against any team. He has a .370 lifetime average against the Phillies with 82 RBI in 319 at-bats.

"I always swing the bat good here, but it used to be in the old park (Veterans Stadium)," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "My first game in the new park and I'm continuing to swing the bat good against the Phillies."

Eaton allowed six runs and 12 hits in five-plus innings, ending his streak of five straight quality starts.

"They didn't hit them that hard, but it seemed like everything they hit was in the right spot," Eaton said.

Since sweeping a three-game series in Atlanta earlier this month, the Phillies are 3-7. They've lost three in a row for the second time this season.

Garrett Anderson had an RBI single in the second to make it 3-0. The Angels left two runners on in each of the first five innings, but broke it open with three runs in the sixth.

Guerrero and Casey Kotchman had RBI singles and Kendrick doubled in another run for a 6-0 lead. Kendrick circled the bases after his shot to center got lodged under the wall, but third base umpire Laz Diaz jogged out and ruled it a double.

Chase Utley's sacrifice fly in the sixth broke Santana's bid for his second shutout of the season. The run wasn't earned because Jimmy Rollins scored after reaching on first baseman Kotchman's fielding error.

Utley, who came in leading the majors with 22 homers, was 0-for-3, extending his hitless streak to 23 at-bats.

"It might be time to give him a rest," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley, who has started every game.

Notes

  • Anderson moved into a tie with Tim Salmon for first on the Angels' career list in runs at 986.
  • Gary Matthews Jr. was the odd man out in a crowded outfield as the Angels played their first game in an NL park this season and couldn't use a DH. Matthews has started 55 games in the OF and 13 as DH.
  • Guerrero has an 11-game hitting streak.
  • The Angels are 31-4 when scoring first.
  • The Phillies haven't had a four-game losing streak.
  • Kotchman made two errors after having none all season.
 
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People used to think Ervin Santana couldn't pitch on the road. Well, he keeps proving them wrong. (AP)
People used to think Ervin Santana couldn't pitch on the road. Well, he keeps proving them wrong. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

E. Santana
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B6110006 .301
Maicer Izturis, SS5110100 .266
Garret Anderson, LF4231100 .260
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5233103 .285
Torii Hunter, CF6010025 .273
Casey Kotchman, 1B4121101 .303
Howie Kendrick, 2B5041012 .333
Jeff Mathis, C3021200 .239
Ervin Santana, P4000015 .000
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH0000100 .244
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Justin Speier, P0000000 .000
Totals42717774  
a-was walked intentionally for Santana in the 8th
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (11, Eaton), Torii Hunter (20, Eaton), Casey Kotchman (15, Condrey), Howie Kendrick 2 (11, Eaton, Madson), Jeff Mathis (4, Condrey)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (11, Eaton)
RBI - Garret Anderson (33), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (40), Casey Kotchman (34), Howie Kendrick (13), Jeff Mathis (18)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (16), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (16)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
E - Casey Kotchman 2 (2, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Mathis 2 (8, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,9-3) 7210290 3.17
Jose Arredondo 1000010 1.76
Justin Speier 1000010 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 105-75, Jose Arredondo 17-11, Justin Speier 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 4-9, Jose Arredondo 2-1, Justin Speier 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 26, Jose Arredondo 4, Justin Speier 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4100010 .283
Shane Victorino, CF3010100 .278
Chase Utley, 2B3001012 .291
Ryan Howard, 1B3000121 .219
Pat Burrell, LF4000033 .275
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000010 .251
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000010 .259
Chris Coste, C3010000 .306
Adam Eaton, P2000011 .154
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000010 .358
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Totals30121211  
a-struck out for Condrey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coste (10, Santana)
SF - Chase Utley (5)
RBI - Chase Utley (63)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (15, 3rd base off Santana/Mathis), Shane Victorino 2 (16, 3rd base off Santana/Mathis, 2nd base off Santana/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Eaton-Coste-Howard, Feliz-Utley-Howard, Condrey-Coste-Howard
E - Pedro Feliz (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton (L,2-5) 51266311 4.94
Ryan Madson 2200220 3.11
Clay Condrey 1311100 4.15
J.C. Romero 1000110 1.29
IBB - Mathis by Adam Eaton, Mathis by Ryan Madson, Matthews by Clay Condrey
HBP - G. Anderson (by Adam Eaton)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 107-59, Ryan Madson 28-16, Clay Condrey 19-11, J.C. Romero 14-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 6-8, Ryan Madson 2-1, Clay Condrey 1-1, J.C. Romero 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 31, Ryan Madson 9, Clay Condrey 6, J.C. Romero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45033
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Laz Diaz