Angels 11, Nationals 1

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Vladimir Guerrero is making up for lost time.

Guerrero, who came off the disabled list four games ago, hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs Monday night in the Los Angeles Angels’ 11-1 romp that ended the Washington Nationals’ 10-game winning streak.

The AL’s 2004 MVP partially dislocated his left shoulder sliding into home plate on May 20, and missed 19 games before coming back last Friday. He is 9-for-16 since returning after going 4-for-4 Monday.

“He knows the numbers he wants to get to and he’s not going to let three weeks out stop him,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s come out with his guns blazing.”

Paul Byrd, who held the Nationals to four hits and one run before leaving with soreness in his right triceps muscle after the sixth inning, is similarly impressed by Guerrero.

“He sits around the clubhouse with ice on his shoulder for three weeks, then comes back and doesn’t miss a beat,” Byrd said. “He could probably show up at 6:45 for 7 o’clock games.”

Washington manager Frank Robinson, who managed Guerrero when both were in Montreal, said the Angels’ slugger is free-swinging and dangerous.

“We did a lousy job tonight pitching to him and a few of the other hitters,” Robinson said. “You can get him out without throwing strikes. But if you make a mistake, he can hurt you.”

The Nationals, playing their first season after moving from Montreal and changing their name from the Expos, had tied a franchise record with their 10-game winning streak.

It was Washington’s most lopsided loss of the season.

“It didn’t have to end, but it did,” Robinson said. “It was not pretty. It’s not the end of the world, just the end of a 10-game winning streak.

“We’ll be back tomorrow.”

Coming off a 12-1 homestand that vaulted them into the NL East lead, the Nationals lost for the sixth time in their last seven road games and fell to 13-18 away from home. They’re 24-9 in Washington.

Guerrero had the 16th four-hit game of his career.

Darin Erstad had three hits, scored three runs and doubled in a run for Los Angeles. Dallas McPherson and Juan Rivera hit solo homers in the Angels’ season-high 20-hit attack against Esteban Loaiza (2-5) and two relievers.

Byrd (6-5) allowed the one run on Jose Guillen’s RBI single in the sixth. The Angels’ right-hander walked one and struck out three.

The Angels opened a seven-run lead with a five-run fourth inning, then Guerrero’s home run off T.J. Tucker, his eighth, made it 10-1 in the sixth. Rivera hit his fourth homer, also off Tucker, in the eighth.

McPherson led off the fourth inning with his sixth homer off Loaiza, then Chone Figgins greeted Sun-woo Kim with a two-run triple. Erstad singled in another run, and Guerrero capped the big inning with his second RBI single of the game.

Loaiza lost his third straight start, allowing five runs in three-plus innings. He faced 18 batters and gave up nine hits, with three strikeouts and one walk.

Former Angels outfielder Guillen played his first game in Anaheim since being suspended for the final eight regular-season games last season for throwing a temper tantrum. Guillen, also left off the Angels’ postseason roster, was traded to the Expos in November.

Guillen, who said before the game that he had no hard feelings toward the Angels, went 1-for-4 and struck out twice.

Notes

After the game, the Angels called RHP Ervin Santana up from Triple-A Salt Lake and sent INF Casey Kotchman to Salt Lake. … The Expos-Nationals franchise also had 10-game winning streaks in 1997, 1980 and 1979. … Robinson was able to manage the Nationals for the opener in Anaheim after having a procedure earlier in the day to fine-tune the lasik eye surgery he had in November.

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