Angels 10, Orioles 9, 10 innings
Figgins hit a grand slam for his first major league homer and drove in a career-high six runs, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning, to lead the Anaheim Angels over Baltimore 10-9 Friday night.
“That’s an unbelievable night,” Figgins said. “It’s unreal.”
Percival has blown two saves in four days and three in 12 chances this year. The latest cost Bartolo Colon a win. He left after five innings with a stiff back.
Baltimore’s Luis Matos led off the ninth with a homer to left. With two outs, Brian Roberts singled and went to third on Melvin Mora’s single. Mora stole second, and Miguel Tejada tied it with a two-run single to center.
“We’ve got a great offense, but we’ve got to start winning games early,” said Orioles reliever Rick Bauer, who tossed 4 2-3 scoreless innings. “We should be pounding people sometimes.”
Scot Shields pitched the 10th for his third save, retiring Jerry Hairston with a runner on second to end it.
The Angels’ 24-12 record is the best in the American League, and their 13-7 road record is tops in the majors. They’ve won 11 of 13 overall.
Anaheim roughed up Kurt Ainsworth for nine runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the year. The Angels led 9-0 after two innings and ended an eight-game losing streak to Baltimore.
“It got away early. We lost that game in the second inning,” Palmeiro said. “We did battle back, we did some things right after the second inning, but we can’t have breakdowns like that.”
Figgins tripled in the first, hit a grand slam in the second and singled to left-center in the third.
Needing a double to become the fourth Angels player to hit for the cycle, he grounded out in the sixth and singled to left in the eighth before delivering the go-ahead hit in the 10th.
“He had an incredible game, but it was more than just that,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Both clubs showed character.”
Bengie Molina had a season-high three hits for Anaheim.
Javy Lopez and Mora also homered for Baltimore, which has lost three of four.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a game started with consecutive triples was Sept. 29, 1988, when Shawon Dunston and Mitch Webster did it for the Chicago Cubs against Montreal.
Ainsworth got Casey Kotchman to fly out to start the second, but didn’t retire another hitter, allowing seven consecutive batters to reach base before departing.
Molina doubled down the left-field line, and Robb Quinlan was hit by a pitch. After Kennedy walked to load the bases, Ainsworth plunked Eckstein in the leg to force in a run. Figgins then hit the first pitch over the scoreboard in right field for a 6-0 lead.
DaVanon followed with a single and moved to third on Vladimir Guerrero’s double to left. Bauer replaced Ainsworth, and Molina later singled in two runs to make it 9-0.
Colon went 3 2-3 innings before yielding his first hit, Lopez’s solo homer to left.
The Orioles cut the lead to 9-5 in the fifth on Mora’s RBI double, Tejada’s run-scoring single and Palmeiro’s two-run shot.
Mora lined a two-out homer off reliever Kevin Gregg in the seventh.
Eckstein’s first-inning triple snapped an 0-for-19 slump. … Ainsworth has allowed seven or more runs three times in seven starts. His ERA jumped from 7.36 to 9.68. … The Angels to hit for the cycle are Jim Fregosi (1964, 1968), Dan Ford (1979) and Dave Winfield (1991). … The last Angels player to hit a grand slam for his first career homer was Buck Rodgers on Sept. 29, 1961. … John Servis, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite SmartyJones, threw out the first pitch.