Angels hold on for win, extend lead over A's

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A high-powered start enabled the Los Angeles
Angels to survive a hectic finish against the Baltimore Orioles.

Juan Rivera went 4-for-5 with two RBI and Orlando Cabrera had
three hits and drove in three runs, providing Los Angeles with just
enough offense to beat the Orioles 7-6 on Tuesday night.

The Angels amassed 12 hits over the first three innings in
taking a 5-0 lead. A two-run double by Rivera made it 7-2 in the
ninth, but Baltimore did not go quietly.

After the Orioles hit three singles off Kevin Gregg to load the
bases with two outs, Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia brought in
closer Francisco Rodriguez to face Miguel Tejada.

Tejada, who earlier hit his 23rd homer, drove a 1-2 pitch over
the right-field scoreboard for his ninth career grand slam, the
second this season.

The opposite-field shot got Baltimore within a run, but
Rodriguez struck out Javy Lopez to earn his 29th save and extend
the Angels' lead in the AL West to 3 games over Oakland, which
lost to Detroit 4-1.

"With the bats they have, you know it's never going to be
easy," Scioscia said. "They have a lot of power, a lot of guys
who know what they're doing. ... They got back into it, brought the
tying run to the plate."

Angels starter Jarrod Washburn (7-7) allowed one run, eight hits
and one walk in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win in four starts
since July 14. He was 0-3 in that span.

Cabrera, who hadn't had a three-hit game since July 31, had
three hits by the third inning. Rivera matched his career high with
four hits and threw out two runners trying to stretch singles to
left field.

"I always try to keep my arm in shape. I have a good arm, but I
don't get many opportunities to put it together," Rivera said
through an interpreter. "Sometimes, I try to trick and see if
they'll run on me. Tonight, they did."

Robb Quinlan, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the
game by the Angels, went 2-for-3 and scored twice. He came in
batting .159.

Tejada went 3-for-5 with five RBI and Lopez hit his 11th homer
for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.

"The good thing about it was that we had some hits tonight,"
Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We battled all the way
to the end. Give them credit, they hung in there."

Tejada has carried the Orioles for much of the season, but
Perlozzo knows Baltimore can't sustain success as a one-man show.

"You never want to put everything on Miggy's back," Perlozzo
said. "Miggy can't carry this team, not without somebody else
chipping in. Miggy might get you over the hump, but if he's the
only guy, that's not going to happen."

The Angels got three hits and a walk in the first inning against
Eric DuBose (1-1), but failed to score because Chone Figgins got
caught stealing and Garret Anderson hit into an inning-ending
double play with the bases loaded.

In the second, Los Angeles used three singles to load the bases
with no outs. DuBose retired the next two batters and appeared
poised to again escape unscathed, but Cabrera hit a two-run single
before Darin Erstad singled in a run.

DuBose, who gave up one hit in six shutout innings in his only
other start on Aug. 17 at Oakland, yielded three runs and eight
hits in two innings.

"One of the things he was using that was successful last time
was his big breaking ball. He used it one time, it got hit and he
didn't go to it again," Perlozzo said.

Said DuBose: "I was scuffling right from the get-go. I didn't
make the pitches when I had to, and whenever I made a mistake they
made me pay."

After DuBose left, the Angels experienced similar success
against rookie John Maine in the third. Rivera and Quinlan both
singled with one out, and Figgins and Cabrera hit two-out RBI
singles for a 5-0 lead.

After his rough start, Maine blanked Los Angeles on one hit over
the next four innings.

Game notes
Figgins got two hits, his team-high 42nd multihit game. ...
Chris Gomez went 2-for-2 against Washburn and is 9-for-21 (.429)
lifetime against him. ... Los Angeles is 31-10 in the first game of
a series. ... Anderson went 0-for-4 with a walk in his return from
an eight-game absence with back and knee injuries.