ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Vladimir Guerrero(notes) hasn’t had too many curtain calls this season. So when he hit a three-run shot in the eighth to put a stamp on the Los Angeles Angels’ comeback win, fans were cheering for him to step out.
“When he hit it, everybody in the dugout felt so good for him. That’s Vladi and that’s what he does. Hopefully he continues that,” Hunter said.
Guerrero hit his third home run of the season and had four RBIs, and the Angels scored 11 unanswered runs—six in the eighth—to beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 on Saturday night.
Behind Guerrero, who has been hitting out of the DH role nearly all season as he comes back from a pectoral muscle injury, the Angels scored six runs in that eighth.
“It took us a while to get going, but at the end of the night with Vlad going deep, that was definitely nice,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Figgins and Bobby Abreu(notes) led off with singles, and Hunter was walked to load the bases. Figgins scored on Guerrero’s double-play grounder to tie it at 4, and Rivera drove in Abreu when Baltimore’s Nick Markakis(notes) and Brian Roberts(notes) misplayed his popup.
“You can’t afford to do that when you’re playing a good team and you’re playing on the road,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “You’ve got to stay away from the big inning and make the most of the opportunities that you have. There were breakdowns in a lot of different areas and we paid the price for that.”
“My goal is obviously to try to pitch deep into the game and give us a chance to win. Tonight it just didn’t happen,” Berken said.
“I was just trying to keep us in the game as long as I could and let the offense take over,” O’Sullivan said. “They put some good swings on some pitches and I wasn’t able to get the groundball where I needed to.”
Brian Roberts, Jones and Markakis drove in runs for the Orioles, with Roberts’ RBI double to right field coming off a hit that landed just inches from Abreu’s glove. That close play was the second that landed Baltimore’s players on the bases—Robert Andino(notes) squeezed in a single to put runners on the corners after shortstop Maicer Izturis(notes) couldn’t make the throw to first in time.
Jones’ RBI single in the fifth made it 4-0.
Then the Angels started putting things together offensively.
Abreu, Hunter and Guerrero drove in runs off Berken in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3. But Rivera hit into a double play to end it.
“We gave them far too many opportunities. We were ahead 4-0, and when you get outscored 11-0 after that, obviously there are a lot of breakdowns in a lot of different areas that have to occur for that to happen,” Trembley said.
NOTES: Orioles’ SS Cesar Izturis(notes) could be activated Friday to play against Toronto, Trembley said before the game. Izturis, who had an emergency appendectomy and has not played since June 3, will get through batting practice and a few games with Double-A Bowie before being activated. “If he passes all that he’ll be ready to be activated,” Trembley said. … Angels 2B Howie Kendrick(notes) got to the stadium just in time to stay in the lineup. After getting called up from the minors, Kendrick’s flight was delayed from Colorado Springs.