The Angels' Vladimir Guerrero homered twice. The Orioles' Javy Lopez also put one over the wall, but his hit produced an out. That pretty much summed up Los Angeles's 9-3 victory over Baltimore yesterday at Camden Yards.
Guerrero drove in three runs and Chone Figgins hit a three-run homer for the Angels, who received a fine start from John Lackey and got 13 hits in their most productive offensive showing of the season.
Guerrero hit solo homers in the first and seventh innings, and had an RBI single in the fifth. The homers were his first extra-base hits since homering Opening Day.
Baltimore trailed, 1-0, in the second when Lopez sent a drive to center with Miguel Tejada on first base. As the ball approached the 7-foot wall, Darin Erstad leaped to make the catch. When he tumbled to the ground, it was uncertain whether he caught the ball.
By the time Erstad displayed his empty glove, Tejada had retreated from second base and was passed by Lopez. By rule, Lopez was credited with an RBI single and called out for passing the runner.
The Orioles might have survived that gaffe, but they also misplayed a double steal in the next inning, allowing Maicer Izturis to steal home and give the Angels a lead they wouldn't lose.
Lackey (2-1) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, striking out five with no walks. Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez entered in the ninth, but left with a cramp in his hamstring after Jay Gibbons hit a one-out RBI double. Brendan Donnelly got the final two outs.
Orioles starter Kris Benson (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings.
Yankees 9, Twins 3 -- Jason Giambi hit two long homers, Chien-Ming Wang (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, and New York avoided a three-game sweep in Minnesota.
Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez also went deep for the Yankees, who got to Brad Radke (2-1) early and tied a season high with 17 hits. Giambi's first homer was a two-run blast in the first that traveled an estimated 451 feet to dead center. He led off the sixth with a solo shot off Radke that landed in the upper deck in right.
Rangers 5, Athletics 3 -- Mark Teixeira hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth off Huston Street (1-1) and Brad Wilkerson hit a two-out, go-ahead double off the Oakland closer to lift visiting Texas.
Tigers 1, Indians 0 -- Mike Maroth (2-0) stifled visiting Cleveland on three hits over seven innings, and Chris Shelton became the first AL player to hit eight homers in his team's first 12 games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
White Sox 6, Blue Jays 4 -- Two-run homers by Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome propelled host Chicago in a game that was stopped by rain after the top of the fifth.
Devil Rays 9, Royals 5 -- Carl Crawford had a tiebreaking two-run triple and host Tampa Bay received homers from Jonny Gomes, Damon Hollins, and Ty Wigginton in sending Kansas City to its seventh straight loss.
Mets 9, Brewers 3 -- Xavier Nady homered and drove in three runs and Carlos Delgado hit a three-run shot as host New York moved to 9-2, the best start in team history.
Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets was activated from the disabled list before the game and allowed four runs over five innings, including Nady's two-run homer.
Phillies 1, Rockies 0 -- Brett Myers (1-0) combined with two relievers on a seven-hit shutout and Ryan Howard's homer provided the only run for Philadelphia in the first-ever 1-0 win by a visiting team at Coors Field.
Cubs 7, Pirates 3 -- Todd Walker hit a two-run homer in the first, Aramis Ramirez added a two-run shot for Chicago, and Glendon Rusch (1-2) carried a two-hit shutout into the sixth in Pittsburgh.
Padres 4, Braves 3 -- At Atlanta, Brian Giles sparked San Diego's comeback from a three-run deficit with his first homer of the year, a solo blast in the seventh.
Nationals 7, Marlins 5 -- Ryan Church hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking drive in a three-run ninth that gave Washington the win in Miami.
Astros 8, Diamondbacks 5 -- Lance Berkman drove in three runs and Morgan Ensberg clubbed a three-run homer during visiting Houston's seven-run sixth.
Giants 2, Dodgers 0 -- Brad Hennessey worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his season debut for San Francisco and three relievers finished off the shutout in Los Angeles.