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SAN FRANCISCO --The outfield flags whipped in the wind and it sure looked like a night when the ball might carry. Sure enough, seven home runs sailed over the fences.
Erick Aybar and Bobby Abreu hit back-to-back homers, John Lackey ended a four-start winless stretch and the Los Angeles Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 9-7 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Aybar hit a two-run homer before Abreu connected in the Angels' seven-run fourth. Robb Quinlan singled in two runs, Mike Napoli added an RBI double and Lackey even singled in a run for his first major league hit and RBI.
"I don't think it's a fluke," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We've been saying all along we felt we had more power potential on this team than we were showing. These last four games it's showing up in a big way."
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San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to go with a solo shot an inning earlier, his first career multihomer game. Brian Fuentes entered and got pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia on a flyout for his 17th save in 20 chances.
The teams combined for 31 hits and the seven homers matched the most for the Giants' 10-year-old waterfront ballpark. The Angels, who had lost four of five in San Francisco, improved to 6-1 in interleague play.
Lackey (2-2) struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings and won for the first time since May 18 against Seattle. He was coming off a 9-5 loss at Tampa Bay last Wednesday in which he was tagged for a season-high nine runs and 11 hits.
Lackey was happy to finally get a hit.
"These guys are worried about 0-for-10s and I'm 0-for-7 years," he said. "I usually put the ball in play. I hit a lot of groundballs and haven't found any holes. It happened. I'm not going to say I'm a good hitter or anything. I finally fouled off enough pitches and ran into one."
Lackey was booed when he was announced before the game. He pitched Game 7 for the wild-card Angels when they beat the Giants in the 2002 World Series for the franchise's first championship.
He was to be re-evaluated Tuesday to determine when he could play again. He's hoping for Friday against the Dodgers.
Before the injury, Hunter extended his hitting streak to nine games with a fourth-inning single. He hit three home runs Saturday against San Diego.
Pinch-hitter Andres Torres splashed a two-run homer into McCovey Cove in the seventh for San Francisco, the 48th time a Giant has reached the water. Two kayakers paddled to try to grab the souvenir ball. In all, there have been 66 splash-hit homers in the team's 10-year-old waterfront ballpark.
It was the first pinch-hit homer of Torres' career and the first by a Giant in 2009.
Barry Zito (3-7) was done after 3 2/3 innings for his shortest outing of the season as the Giants had their three-game winning streak snapped on the heels of their first home sweep of the Oakland Athletics since 2001. Zito, who had won his previous two starts, allowed a season-high seven runs and matched his most hits with 10.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia recalled entering the Giants' waterfront ballpark through the wrong gate and being "pelted by stale sourdough" while riding a golf cart around the warning track to the other side.
"It's special," he said. "It brings you back to that series. It was a terrific series."
The Giants' Molina won a ring with the Angels.
|Torii Hunter crashes into the center-field wall trying to catch a deep drive from Bengie Molina. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.324|
|Erick Aybar, SS||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.292|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.297|
|Torii Hunter, CF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.319|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.234|
|Juan Rivera, LF||5||2||3||1||0||0||0||.315|
|Robb Quinlan, 1B||5||1||3||2||0||1||1||.255|
|Mike Napoli, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.269|
|Sean Rodriguez, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.400|
|John Lackey, P||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.167|
|a- Vladimir Guerrero, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Justin Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Jepsen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Lackey in the 8th|
|2B - Juan Rivera (12, Zito), Robb Quinlan (4, Zito), Mike Napoli (9, Zito)|
|HR - Erick Aybar (2, Zito), Bobby Abreu (3, Miller), Juan Rivera (9, Zito), Sean Rodriguez (1, Medders)|
|RBI - Erick Aybar 2 (19), Bobby Abreu (32), Juan Rivera (32), Robb Quinlan 2 (4), Mike Napoli (23), Sean Rodriguez (1), John Lackey (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar 2 (8), Bobby Abreu (12)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Figgins-S. Rodriguez-Quinlan|
|E - Bobby Abreu (5, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|John Lackey (W,2-2)||7||10||3||3||0||10||1||6.10|
|Brian Fuentes (S,17)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.64|
|HBP - Schierholtz (by John Lackey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 106-74, Justin Speier 14-10, Kevin Jepsen 14-10, Brian Fuentes 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 4-6, Kevin Jepsen 2-0|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 31, Justin Speier 5, Kevin Jepsen 5, Brian Fuentes 1|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.300|
|Merkin Valdez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Andres Torres, PH-CF||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.324|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.252|
|Randy Winn, LF-CF||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Brandon Medders, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Bengie Molina, C||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.259|
|Eli Whiteside, C||3||2||2||0||0||0||1||.318|
|Pablo Sandoval, 1B||5||2||3||4||0||1||3||.332|
|Rich Aurilia, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.220|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||0||2||0||0||0||2||.268|
|Emmanuel Burriss, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.238|
|Barry Zito, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.100|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Fred Lewis, PH-LF||3||1||1||0||0||2||1||.257|
|a-homered for Valdez in the 7th|
|b-singled for Howry in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Miller in the 5th|
|2B - Bengie Molina (11, Lackey), Nate Schierholtz (5, Lackey)|
|HR - Andres Torres (2, Lackey), Pablo Sandoval 2 (8, Speier, Jepsen)|
|RBI - Andres Torres 2 (8), Pablo Sandoval 4 (33), Rich Aurilia (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval 3 (17)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Renteria-Burriss-Sandoval|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Barry Zito (L,3-7)||3.2||10||7||7||0||3||2||4.72|
|Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 70-54, Justin Miller 18-12, Merkin Valdez 28-17, Brandon Medders 13-8, Bob Howry 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 4-3, Justin Miller 1-2, Merkin Valdez 2-2, Brandon Medders 2-1, Bob Howry 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Barry Zito 20, Justin Miller 6, Merkin Valdez 7, Brandon Medders 5, Bob Howry 4|
|Attendance - 33613|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|