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Aybar ties team scoring record as Angels trounce O's

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BALTIMORE -- Erick Aybar enjoyed the finest day of his career at a time when the Los Angeles Angels needed him the most.

Aybar went 4 for 4, homered twice and tied a franchise record by scoring five runs, leading Los Angeles to an 11-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Aybar's effort provided the Angels a welcome boost in their frantic pursuit of a postseason berth. Los Angeles, which began the day 4½ games in back of division-leading Texas, closed within four games behind Boston in the wild-card hunt.

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"A very important win," Aybar said through an interpreter. "I felt great being able to contribute to what was really a team effort. Eleven runs wasn't just all my runs, so I feel good about that."

The victory enabled the Angels to avert a three-game sweep against the last-place Orioles, who won the first two by a collective 14-5 score.

"Everybody felt the need, not just me," Aybar said. "We lost two games in a row and we felt this was a game to win. We need to keep winning."

It was the first career multihomer game for Aybar, who hit a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run drive in the fourth. His four hits tied a career high, as did his four RBI.

His five runs matched the club record set by Tim Salmon on April 12, 1998, at Cleveland.

"When he's on, he brings a very consistent approach whether he hits with no one on or he hits with someone in scoring position," manager Mike Scioscia said of Aybar. "He usually puts the ball in play. That's rule No. 1 when you're a little guy and not expected to hit home runs."

Vernon Wells also connected for the Angels, who next play a four-game series in Toronto, their final destination on the road this season. Baltimore travels to Boston for four games, beginning with a day-night doubleheader on Monday.

"It was nice to get this win," winning pitcher Jered Weaver said. "Hopefully, we can take this into Toronto and take three of four or four of four."

Pitching on three days' rest, Weaver (18-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He is 12-3 since the beginning of June, and his 18 wins are two more than his previous career high.

"That's why he's one of the best pitchers in the game right now," said Baltimore catcher Craig Tatum, who went 0 for 3. "He showed he can come back off three days' rest and still be good. His ball moves, he locates, he keeps the ball down. He just didn't give us much to hit."

Vladimir Guerrero homered, tripled and had two RBI for the Orioles, whose four-game winning streak ended. It was the 449th career home run for Guerrero, tied with Jeff Bagwell for 35th place on the career list.

Alfredo Simon (4-9) gave up six runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in five innings.

Aybar opened the game by drawing a four-pitch walk and scored on a double by Bobby Abreu. Later in the inning, Simon hit Mark Trumbo with a pitch, prompting home plate umpire Laz Diaz to issue a warning to both sides.

One night earlier, Ervin Santana hit Baltimore's Mark Reynolds in the helmet with a pitch. Reynolds, who did not play Sunday, said before the game that Santana purposely threw at him.

And Simon didn't deny doing likewise.

"We just got hit yesterday and I'm going to defend my players," he said. "We just got hit hard and that's what happens in the game."

Brad Bergesen plunked Jeff Mathis on the helmet in the sixth inning but was not ejected. Bergesen did, however, appeared to be obviously dismayed over the errant pitch.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom of the first when Nick Markakis hit a two-out single -- ending an 0-for-18 skid -- and the 36-year-old Guerrero followed with his first triple since July 2010.

Aybar put the Angels up 2-1 in the third with his ninth homer, and Wells hit No. 22 with a man on in the fourth. Three batters later, Aybar drove a pitch over the right-field wall.

Howie Kendrick doubled in two runs in the sixth off Bergesen, and Aybar hit an RBI double in a three-run eighth.

Notes

  • Eight of the Angels' 15 hits were for extra bases.
  • Jerome Williams (3-0) will start Monday for the Angels, who are 7-4 in their last 11 games in Toronto.
  • Jeremy Guthrie (8-17) and Brian Matusz (1-7, 9.84 ERA) will start for Baltimore on Monday.
  • It was Abreu's 30th double, the 12th time in his career he's reached that mark.
 
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Erick Aybar connects for a two-run homer in the fourth inning after smashing a solo shot in the third. (Getty Images)
Erick Aybar connects for a two-run homer in the fourth inning after smashing a solo shot in the third. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

E. Aybar
AB 4
R 5
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4544100 .281
    Jeremy Moore, RF0000000 .000
Howard Kendrick, 2B5133021 .291
Bobby Abreu, DH5011011 .254
Torii Hunter, RF5011011 .260
    Andrew Romine, SS0000000 .077
Mark Trumbo, 1B3020000 .257
   a- Efren Navarro, PH-1B1000000 .000
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4110004 .283
   b- Alexi Amarista, PH-LF1000000 .160
Vernon Wells, LF4122001 .219
   c- Gil Velazquez, PH-3B1000000 .000
Peter Bourjos, CF3100100 .266
Jeff Mathis, C3210020 .183
Totals3911151126  
a-grounded out for Trumbo in the 9th
b-popped out for Callaspo in the 9th
c-flied out for V. Wells in the 9th
Batting
2B - Erick Aybar 2 (31, Bergesen, Reyes), Howard Kendrick (29, Bergesen), Bobby Abreu (30, Simon), Mark Trumbo 2 (30, Simon, Berken)
HR - Erick Aybar 2 (10, Simon, Simon), Vernon Wells (22, Simon)
RBI - Erick Aybar 4 (59), Howard Kendrick 3 (61), Bobby Abreu (55), Torii Hunter (76), Vernon Wells 2 (59)
2-OUT RBI - Erick Aybar 2 (24), Howard Kendrick 2 (27), Torii Hunter (21)
SB - Peter Bourjos (21, 2nd base off Reyes/Tatum)
CS - Howard Kendrick (6, 2nd base by Simon/Tatum), Vernon Wells (4, 3rd base by Bergesen/Tatum)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Jer. Weaver-Aybar-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,18-7) 6622121 2.41
Hisanori Takahashi 1000020 3.57
Bobby Cassevah 1000220 2.57
Rich Thompson 1000010 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 97-67, Hisanori Takahashi 12-9, Bobby Cassevah 26-12, Rich Thompson 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 4-11, Bobby Cassevah 1-0, Rich Thompson 2-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 24, Hisanori Takahashi 3, Bobby Cassevah 5, Rich Thompson 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Angle, CF3000100 .158
J.J. Hardy, SS3000000 .264
   a- Pedro Florimon, PH-SS1000011 .000
Nick Markakis, RF3120000 .278
   b- Jake Fox, PH-LF1000011 .224
Vladimir Guerrero, DH3122101 .293
Chris Davis, 1B4020003 .256
Josh Bell, 3B4000021 .179
Robert Andino, 2B2000101 .265
    Ryan Adams, 2B1000000 .271
Kyle Hudson, LF1000001 .174
   c- Nolan Reimold, PH-LF^RF2000010 .235
Craig Tatum, C3000021 .203
Totals3126237  
a-struck out for Hardy in the 8th
b-struck out for Markakis in the 8th
c-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
Batting
3B - Vladimir Guerrero (1, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (13, Jer. Weaver)
SH - Kyle Hudson (1)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (56)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (22)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nolan Reimold 1
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Simon (L,4-9) 5866153 4.96
Brad Bergesen 0.2322000 5.36
Zach Phillips 0.1000000 0.00
Jason Berken 1100000 5.53
Jo-Jo Reyes 1333110 5.69
Jeremy Accardo 1000000 5.09
HBP - Trumbo (by Alfredo Simon), Mathis (by Brad Bergesen)
WP - Alfredo Simon (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 95-59, Brad Bergesen 13-8, Zach Phillips 5-2, Jason Berken 19-10, Jo-Jo Reyes 20-11, Jeremy Accardo 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 7-2, Brad Bergesen 1-0, Jason Berken 1-2, Jo-Jo Reyes 1-0, Jeremy Accardo 1-2
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 24, Brad Bergesen 5, Zach Phillips 1, Jason Berken 4, Jo-Jo Reyes 6, Jeremy Accardo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27471
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez