Guillen keyed the comeback with a single that drove in the tying
and go-ahead runs, helping the injury-depleted Angels beat the
Orioles 5-3 on Friday night and improve the majors' best record to
"I have no idea why he didn't get a chance to play every day
before this. The guy's a special talent," said Angels pitcher
Jarrod Washburn, who settled for a no-decision after six straight
"He's got a great arm in the outfield, which he showed tonight,
and he's a clutch hitter," he said. "He's come up at some crucial
times and gotten some big hits for us."
Mike DeJean (0-4) relieved Eric DuBose after seven innings and
gave up three straight hits on five pitches. Adam Kennedy hit a
pinch single, Chone Figgins bunted past the mound for a hit and
Vladimir Guerrero singled home Kennedy as Anaheim closed to 3-2.
"It was a great at-bat by A.K," Figgins said. "He got a 2-2
pitch and went the other way with it, and he got the rally started
"No outs and three runs in a loss is a little tough to swallow
right now," DeJean said. "DuBose pitched unbelievable, and he
deserved better than that."
DeJean, who had a career-high 27 saves two seasons ago with
Milwaukee, has allowed 12 earned runs, 25 hits and 17 walks over 13
2-3 innings. His ERA in 17 appearances is 7.90.
"In eight seasons, I haven't been through anything like this,"
DeJean said. "You just have to erase it, but I don't know how you
can. I don't even know what to learn from it. I made the pitches I
felt like I needed to make, but it just didn't work out. Maybe next
time, I'll throw everything right down the middle and they'll pop
it up or swing and miss it."
Jay Gibbons led off the fourth with a homer that made it 3-0.
But Guillen kept the Orioles from scoring another run with a
perfect one-hop throw to the plate when Melvin Mora tried to score
on a two-out single by Tejada.
Washburn allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. He
was trying to become the first Angels pitcher to start a season 8-1
since 1995, when Mark Langston won 11 of his first 12 decisions.
The Angels averaged nine runs in Washburn's other eight starts
this season -- and had scored no fewer than six in any of them. But
at least this time, they got enough to get him off the hook after
he left with a 3-1 deficit.
The Angels started a lineup that included only three regulars --
Guerrero, Guillen and David Eckstein -- along with three players who
were in the minors when the season began. Molina started behind the
plate for brother Bengie, who took a foul tip off his right knee in
Thursday's loss to the Yankees.
"I don't think anyone could expect that kind of run support to
continue, and we as a staff all realize that and know that we have
to start pitching better and take some of the pressure off these
guys," Washburn said.
DuBose allowed one run and six hits against the AL West leaders,
just six days after surrendering seven runs and 10 hits over 3 2-3
innings in a 7-4 loss to Washburn. DuBose retired 14 of his first
16 batters before giving up four consecutive hits with two outs in
the fifth, including an RBI single by Robb Quinlan.
Mora, who was 2-for-5 and leads the majors with a .387 batting
average, hit a game-ending popout.
Anaheim 3B Troy Glaus had arthroscopic surgery on his right
shoulder Friday. He'll wear a sling for a couple of weeks before
starting therapy to restore his range of motion. ... Baltimore 1B
Rafael Palmeiro, fighting a 1-for-16 rut and a stiff neck, pinch
hit in the ninth and flied out. He had started in the Orioles'
first 37 games. ... B.J. Surhoff also pinch hit in the ninth and
struck out. Baltimore's pinch-hitters are 1-for-15 this season with