ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero couldn't recall driving
in nine runs in a game -- at any level.
Guerrero homered twice, going 4-for-4, as Anaheim overcame a
three-run deficit against Pedro Martinez.
"That's the first time I've even gotten two hits off Pedro,"
Guerrero said through a translator.
Guerrero was 1-for-6 in his career against the Red Sox ace
before hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run
double in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
The RBI were the most in the major leagues since Boston's Bill
Mueller had nine at Texas last July 29. Guerrero, who has 14
homers, leads the AL with 49 RBI this season.
"Vlade was always the player you dream of. It doesn't really
surprise me to see an act like that from Vlade," said Martinez,
who allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings. "Some
pitches that I threw him were six or seven inches off the plate,
and he still made contact."
Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia was awed by Guerrero's power
"I don't think I've ever seen a night like Vlade had. Every
time up, he was right on top of every pitch. He was hitting all
different pitches in different locations, and hitting against
different pitchers," Scioscia said. "And they were good
The Angels' previous record of eight RBI was shared by four
Anaheim's David Eckstein went 5-for-5, scored four runs and
drove in another. He extended his career-high hitting streak to 17
games with a double and four singles and has hits in seven
consecutive at bats. The five hits were a career high.
Martinez, making his 300th start, struck out four to raise his
total to 2,502, tying Christy Mathewson for 25th on the career
Martinez had to work for his 2,500th strikeout, finally getting
Casey Kotchman swinging after Kotchman fouled off 11 consecutive
pitches in the third inning after the count went to 3-0.
"I'm struggling a little bit lately and seem to be lost a
little bit with my breaking stuff," said Martinez, who gave up the
homer to Guerrero on a hanging curve.
Anaheim starter Jarrod Wasburn allowed seven runs and nine hits
in 3 1-3 innings. The first AL pitcher to win seven games this
year, he is 0-2 in his last three starts.
The Red Sox dropped two games behind the AL East-leading New
York Yankees, their biggest deficit this year.
Manny Ramirez led off the second inning with his league-high
Anaheim RHP Troy Percival wasn't available because of
inflammation in his right elbow. The Angels' closer had an MRI on
Wednesday and will consult with team physician Lewis Yocum on
Thursday. ... DH/RF Tim Salmon, on the DL since May 5 with a sore
left knee, went 2-for-4 with a triple, double and two RBI in his
second rehab start for Double-A Rancho Cucamonga. Anaheim manager
Mike Scioscia said Salmon possibly could rejoin the Angels this
weekend. ... The Angels outhit the Red Sox 17-10.