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BALTIMORE -- Even though Vladimir Guerrero can't sprint around the basepaths the way he used to, the oft-injured slugger never has any trouble with his home run trot.
Guerrero hit a two-run shot in the sixth and a three-run drive in the seventh. He's missed 56 games this season while on the disabled list, but still has 10 home runs in 2009, and 402 for his career.
"He has played with injury after injury after injury, but he knows how to hit, and he knows how to hit with men on base," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He doesn't run near as well as he used to, he doesn't move near as well as he used to, but he knows what to do when that bat's in his hand."
The score was tied at 2 before the Angels scored three runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh.
Walk a batter to get to Guerrero? Trembley defended the strategy as a righty vs. righty matchup, and Guerrero didn't argue.
"I've seen it more this year and I can't blame them because I haven't been right," he said through an interpreter. "When I'm not right, they want to take a chance with me."
It turned out to be a bad move, because Guerrero obviously still has plenty of pop in his bat.
"It's fun to watch them go out of the ballpark, that's for sure," he said. "All you try to do is go out there and put a good swing on the ball."
Los Angeles took three of four from Baltimore to improve to 22-8 since the All-Star break. The Angels have won six of seven overall and 20 of their last 26 on the road.
"We've been swinging the bats well, and today we combined good starting pitching with driving the ball and we held on," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Great to see Vlad get a hold of a couple, and Izzy. We're at a point right now of trying to settle our pitching, and as we keep moving forward it's important for the offense to keep rolling. That's what happened tonight."
After trading first baseman Aubrey Huff to Detroit for a minor leaguer earlier in the day, Baltimore was left with 24 players. Luke Scott received his initial major league start at first base and Markakis filled Huff's usual role as the cleanup hitter.
Scott played the position flawlessly in the start of a seven-week experiment to see if he has the defensive prowess to begin the 2010 season as Baltimore's everyday first baseman.
"Scott looked comfortable over at first," Trembley said. "His footwork was OK holding runners; he knew what he was doing."
Morales gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead with his 25th home run, a drive to right after Juan Rivera hit a one-out single.
Baltimore tied it in the third on a two-out RBI double by Markakis.
|Vladimir Guerrero hits his ninth and 10th dingers of the season for his 38th career multihomer game. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||2||1||0||0||3||0||2||.310|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.301|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||2||1||0||1||2||2||.309|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||2||2||5||0||0||0||.306|
|Juan Rivera, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.314|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||1||1||.304|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.311|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.243|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.209|
|2B - Erick Aybar (18, Hernandez)|
|HR - Maicer Izturis (7, Hernandez), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (10, Hernandez, Meredith), Kendry Morales (26, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Maicer Izturis (49), Vladimir Guerrero 5 (31), Kendry Morales 2 (78)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 3 (12)|
|CS - Maicer Izturis (4, 2nd base by Bass/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Izturis-Morales|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Ervin Santana (W,6-6)||6||7||3||3||1||5||1||6.25|
|Brian Fuentes (S,34)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.20|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 116-73, Darren Oliver 24-14, Jose Arredondo 21-11, Brian Fuentes 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 7-5, Darren Oliver 3-3, Jose Arredondo 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 25, Darren Oliver 6, Jose Arredondo 5, Brian Fuentes 1|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||0||1||0||0||1||.287|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.305|
|Luke Scott, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.269|
|Matt Wieters, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||.265|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.264|
|Ty Wigginton, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.260|
|Felix Pie, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|a- Nolan Reimold, PH-LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.271|
|a-grounded out for Pie in the 7th|
|2B - Cesar Izturis (10, Santana), Nick Markakis (39, Santana), Luke Scott (16, Santana)|
|3B - Nolan Reimold (1, Arredondo)|
|HR - Nick Markakis (15, Santana), Melvin Mora (4, Arredondo)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (68), Nick Markakis 2 (84), Melvin Mora 2 (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (25)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Felix Pie 1|
|DP - B. Roberts-Izturis-Scott, Izturis-Scott, Wieters-Izturis|
|David Hernandez (L,4-5)||5.1||7||5||5||4||1||3||4.20|
|IBB - Abreu by Cla Meredith|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Hernandez 113-70, Cla Meredith 31-18, Chris Ray 14-8, Brian Bass 19-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Hernandez 3-9, Cla Meredith 2-0, Chris Ray 2-1, Brian Bass 1-0|
|Batters Faced - David Hernandez 24, Cla Meredith 7, Chris Ray 4, Brian Bass 4|
|Attendance - 18460|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|