ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero is making up for lost
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
"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
"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
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
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
Guillen, who said before the game that he had no hard feelings
toward the Angels, went 1-for-4 and struck out twice.
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.