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Guerrero hits two bombs, reaches career No. 400 to lift Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Vladimir Guerrero showed impeccable timing in reaching a milestone.

He homered twice, including the 400th of his career that put the Angels ahead in the seventh inning, and Kendry Morales also hit two homers in an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

"It came at a moment when the team really needed it," Guerrero said through a translator.

Guerrero extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games a week after coming off the disabled list for the second time this season. He is one of seven active major leaguers with 400 homers and 2,000 hits.

"It's a Hall of Fame career," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Guerrero's 400th homer hit high off the right field foul pole and landed in the seats. He pumped his right arm as he rounded first base to raucous cheers.

The milestone had been discussed at Guerrero's house over the weekend, with his family speculating on when and how it would happen.

"My mom kept telling me there's two more. My brother Wilton had bad math and said it was one more," he said. "It's good it came here in front of the family."

The Angels rallied four times before putting away the Rays, who fell to 8-15 overall against the AL West and 3-10 on the road.

Tampa Bay got homers from Jason Bartlett, who fell a single short of hitting for the cycle, and Carlos Pena in losing its second straight.

"They're swinging the bats very well right now up and down the lineup," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "They've got a lot going on offensively. They're a different team. They're taking their pitches and working better counts."

Kevin Jepsen (4-3) earned the victory, giving up one hit in two innings with two strikeouts and one walk.

"We had some big home runs from Vlad and Kendry. In between we did a good job of situational hitting," Scioscia said. "We needed every one of those runs. At some point you have to pitch and make plays. We started off a little rocky but then we settled down."

Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances. Ben Zobrist nearly tied the game with two outs, but Juan Rivera took his bid for a home run away with a catch in front of the short wall in the left field corner.

"That's a tough wall. It's a low wall, but if you're running toward it hard, it's kind of firm and it can mess up an outfielder," Maddon said. "I've seen guys kind of back off that wall."

Russ Springer (0-2) took the loss, allowing one run and two hits while facing two batters. Starter Matt Garza lasted 3 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and six hits while striking out three and walking four.

"He's made a career out of hitting pitchers' pitches and balls off the plate and he does damage with them," Springer said. "I've never faced a guy that covers as much of an area that he does. He hits balls down, he hits balls up and he hits balls outside. So when he's locked in, he has a big area that he can make contact with."

The Angels retook the lead in the fifth on Morales' homer that made it 7-6. The Rays answered in the sixth on Bartlett's triple that tied the game for the fourth time.

"I've never seen him like this," Maddon said about Morales. "The last couple of years, there were a bunch of different ways you could get him out. Now he's starting to cover his holes and he's playing with a lot of confidence."

The Rays rallied with three runs to tie the game at 6 in the fifth. Carl Crawford had an RBI double, Zobrist added a sacrifice fly and Pena homered with two outs to chase Angels starter Sean O'Sullivan.

Los Angeles went ahead for the second time in the bottom of the third on Morales' two-run homer with two outs that made it 5-3. The Angels added a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Maicer Izturis.

Bartlett tied the game at 3 with his 11th homer in third.

The Angels took their first lead with three runs in the second. Guerrero led off with his 399th career homer, seventh of the season, and Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins followed with RBI singles for a 3-2 lead. Figgins' hit snapped an 0-for-17 slide.

The Rays led 2-0 in the first on an RBI double by Evan Longoria and an RBI single by Zobrist.

Notes

  • The Rays have homered in a club-record 15 consecutive games.
  • They had three steals to give them a major league-leading 155.
  • It was the 37th multi-homer game of Guerrero's career.
  • Angels OF Torii Hunter will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Manager Mike Scioscia said it's possible Hunter would rejoin the team in Baltimore on Aug. 14. He has been on the DL since July 8 with a strained right groin.
  • Angels RHP Trevor Bell has been called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will start Wednesday's series finale against the Rays.
 
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Fans in the stands know what this homer means for Vladimir Guerrero, who reaches No. 400.  (AP)
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

J. Bartlett
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS5232010 .340
Carl Crawford, LF4211001 .315
Evan Longoria, 3B4111111 .274
Ben Zobrist, RF-2B3022100 .292
Carlos Pena, 1B3111113 .214
Pat Burrell, DH4000005 .224
Willy Aybar, 2B3000020 .266
    Gabe Gross, RF1000002 .259
Gregg Zaun, C4110000 .242
B.J. Upton, CF4000031 .237
Totals3579738  
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (23, O'Sullivan), Carl Crawford (19, O'Sullivan), Evan Longoria (31, O'Sullivan), Gregg Zaun (11, Bulger)
3B - Jason Bartlett (6, Bulger)
HR - Jason Bartlett (11, O'Sullivan), Carlos Pena (29, O'Sullivan)
SF - Ben Zobrist (3)
RBI - Jason Bartlett 2 (55), Carl Crawford (55), Evan Longoria (84), Ben Zobrist 2 (60), Carlos Pena (74)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bartlett (30), Carlos Pena (21)
SB - Carl Crawford (53, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/Napoli), Evan Longoria (4, 2nd base off O'Sullivan/Napoli), Ben Zobrist (14, 2nd base off Jepsen/Napoli)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
DP - Cormier-Zaun-Pena, Longoria-Zobrist-Pena
E - Willy Aybar (7, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza 3.1664432 3.80
Lance Cormier 2.2211011 2.79
Russ Springer (L,0-2)0211001 4.22
Randy Choate 1.2100000 2.21
Grant Balfour 0.1000010 4.47
HBP - Napoli (by Matt Garza)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 80-45, Lance Cormier 30-25, Russ Springer 6-3, Randy Choate 15-11, Grant Balfour 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 4-3, Lance Cormier 6-0, Randy Choate 2-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 21, Lance Cormier 9, Russ Springer 2, Randy Choate 5, Grant Balfour 1
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4011101 .300
Maicer Izturis, 2B4001033 .303
Bobby Abreu, RF3110100 .316
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4222012 .299
Juan Rivera, LF4110011 .308
Kendry Morales, 1B4233001 .298
Erick Aybar, SS4111000 .308
Mike Napoli, C3120001 .294
Gary Matthews Jr., CF2000202 .248
Totals32811845  
Batting
2B - Mike Napoli (19, Cormier)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (8, Garza, Springer), Kendry Morales 2 (25, Garza, Cormier)
SF - Maicer Izturis (6)
RBI - Chone Figgins (37), Maicer Izturis (46), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (25), Kendry Morales 3 (75), Erick Aybar (43)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (13), Kendry Morales 2 (24)
SB - Bobby Abreu (24, 2nd base off Garza/Zaun)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
Sean O'Sullivan 4.2666232 5.12
Jason Bulger 1.1211020 3.73
Kevin Jepsen (W,4-3) 2100120 6.07
Brian Fuentes (S,32) 1000010 4.23
HBP - Crawford (by Sean O'Sullivan)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean O'Sullivan 91-51, Jason Bulger 26-17, Kevin Jepsen 36-22, Brian Fuentes 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean O'Sullivan 2-9, Jason Bulger 1-1, Kevin Jepsen 2-2, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Sean O'Sullivan 23, Jason Bulger 6, Kevin Jepsen 8, Brian Fuentes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37388
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether