Colorado at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: J. Saunders (8-4) L: J. Marquis (9-5)
HR: COL - G. Atkins (6)   ANA - V. Guerrero (2), B. Abreu (4)

Guerrero ends 28-game home run drought as Angels crush Rockies wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Vladimir Guerrero hit his first 50 home runs in the major leagues for the Montreal Expos when Jim Tracy was their bench coach. Now, the manager of the Colorado Rockies, Tracy remains in awe of him.

Guerrero ended a 28-game home run drought and had three RBI and Bobby Abreu drove in three runs with a homer and a double as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rockies 11-3 on Wednesday night.

Guerrero playing his second game since getting rid of his trademark dreadlocks, drove in the first of the Angels' three runs in the first with a double that ended an 0-for-14 rut. He made it 6-0 in the second with a first-pitch homer with two outs after Abreu's RBI double.

"Those first couple of at-bats we saw from him tonight were very Vladimir Guerrero-like," Tracy said. "It looked like he hit a pretty good pitch, but we've seen Vladimir do that before -- hit a pretty good pitcher's pitch and hit it hard. I don't know of another hitter I've seen who can cover the outer part of the plate and beyond as well as this guy does."

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Guerrero's 394th career homer and second of the season ended a drought of 109 at-bats since his previous one on April 12 against Boston's Hideki Okajima. The longest drought of his career was 30 games in 2007. He made a slight adjustment, lowering his hands after watching some videotape of himself before the game.

"Vladdy got the home run he's been looking for, and I think cutting his hair has had something to do with it," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said with a grin. "Vladdy's on his way. We see the progress he's making since he's been back. Every day his bat speed has gotten better."

Guerrero, who was the Angels' DH, has not played right field all season because of a torn muscle in his chest, which has sidelined him for 35 games and still prevents him from throwing from that distance.

"I don't really see this game tonight as anything more than another game," Guerrero said through a translator. "I'm not thinking about what could happen from here on, but I'm happy that things came out well because I've been working hard at it."

The Angels, trying to win three consecutive division titles for the first time in the franchise's 49-year history, remained tied with Texas for the AL West lead after falling a season-worst 5½ games off the pace on May 13.

Joe Saunders (8-4) yielded a run and four hits in six-plus innings, including a solo homer to Garrett Atkins leading off the seventh. He struck out six and walked one and improved to 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA in eight interleague starts.

"We made it very easy for Joe to pitch tonight," Tracy said. "He was given plenty of breathing room, and he went out there and threw strikes and really didn't give us much of a chance to get any kind of inning started to get back in the game."

Chone Figgins was 3 for 4 and scored three runs, helping hand the Rockies their second loss in a row after a stretch where they won 17 of 18.

Jason Marquis (9-5) threw 88 pitches over 3 1/3 innings in the second-shortest of his 15 starts this season. The right-hander, trying to tie Kevin Slowey and the injured Roy Halladay for the major league lead in wins, retired nine of the 21 batters he faced and allowed eight runs and seven hits.

"I couldn't command my pitches, couldn't make the adjustment. I put my team behind the 8-ball," Marquis said.

One of the runs was unearned, the result of a fielding error by three-time Gold Glove first baseman Todd Helton in the fourth. Helton misplayed a leadoff grounder by Erick Aybar before Hunter drove him in with an infield single that made it 7-0 and chased Marquis. Josh Fogg came in to face Guerrero and threw a wild pitch that enabled Figgins to score.


  • Six of the Angels' next 13 games are against Texas, including a three-game series that begins Monday night at Arlington.
  • The Rockies have lost 14 of their last 18 meetings with the Angels, who are a major league-best 11-4 this season in interleague play and 125-102 since the format was introduced on 1997.
  • The Rockies have homered in a season-high eight consecutive games.
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Vladimir Guerrero gets a clear path home from third-base coach Dino Ebel. (US Presswire)
Vladimir Guerrero gets a clear path home from third-base coach Dino Ebel. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

B. Abreu
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4110010 .264
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4110010 .268
Todd Helton, 1B3000100 .317
Garrett Atkins, DH4132000 .216
Brad Hawpe, RF3020101 .338
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000011 .262
    Omar Quintanilla, SS1000010 .222
Chris Iannetta, C4010023 .237
Ian Stewart, 3B4000024 .218
Clint Barmes, 2B3000021 .275
3B - Dexter Fowler (3, R. Rodriguez)
HR - Garrett Atkins (6, Saunders)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 2 (23)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
E - Todd Helton (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis (L,9-5) 3.1987241 4.22
Josh Fogg 2.2111200 2.04
Juan Rincon 1000100 4.38
Alan Embree 0.2122111 6.30
Randy Flores 0.1000000 5.14
WP - Josh Fogg (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 88-52, Josh Fogg 49-26, Juan Rincon 14-7, Alan Embree 16-8, Randy Flores 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 4-2, Josh Fogg 2-5, Alan Embree 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 21, Josh Fogg 10, Juan Rincon 4, Alan Embree 4, Randy Flores 1
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4330101 .330
Bobby Abreu, RF3223212 .298
Torii Hunter, CF4012012 .310
    Sean Rodriguez, CF0000000 .154
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5223002 .277
Juan Rivera, LF3100101 .306
    Robb Quinlan, LF0000000 .228
Kendry Morales, 1B3011110 .269
Maicer Izturis, 2B4011001 .277
Jeff Mathis, C4000013 .204
Erick Aybar, SS3310110 .275
2B - Bobby Abreu (14, Marquis), Vladimir Guerrero (5, Marquis)
HR - Bobby Abreu (4, Embree), Vladimir Guerrero (2, Marquis)
SF - Torii Hunter (3)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (40), Torii Hunter 2 (54), Vladimir Guerrero 3 (13), Kendry Morales (37), Maicer Izturis (20)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 3 (7), Kendry Morales (15), Maicer Izturis (6)
SB - Chone Figgins (23, 2nd base off Marquis/Iannetta), Bobby Abreu (16, 3rd base off Marquis/Iannetta), Erick Aybar (4, 2nd base off Marquis/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Bobby Abreu 1, Juan Rivera 1
E - Maicer Izturis (3, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (W,8-4) 6411161 3.66
Justin Speier 1000030 4.33
Rafael Rodriguez 1422100 7.23
Darren Oliver 1000010 3.19
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 103-68, Justin Speier 16-11, Rafael Rodriguez 22-12, Darren Oliver 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 6-6, Darren Oliver 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 23, Justin Speier 3, Rafael Rodriguez 6, Darren Oliver 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43551
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Brian Runge