Palmeiro moves into 12th on HR list


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Chone Figgins made sure a big comeback by the
Baltimore Orioles didn't spoil the best game of his career.

Figgins hit a grand slam for his first major league homer and
drove in a career-high six runs, including a tiebreaking single in
the 10th inning, to lead the Anaheim Angels over Baltimore 10-9
Friday night.

"That's an unbelievable night," Figgins said. "It's unreal."

Rafael Palmeiro hit his 534th home run, tying Jimmie Foxx for
12th on the career list, and the Orioles rallied from a 9-6 deficit
in the ninth against closer Troy Percival (2-0).

Percival has blown two saves in four days and three in 12
chances this year. The latest cost Bartolo Colon a win. He left
after five innings with a stiff back.

But Adam Kennedy started the decisive rally with a one-out
single off Jorge Julio (1-1). With two outs, Kennedy stole second
and scored on Figgins' career-best fifth hit, a single to left.

Baltimore's Luis Matos led off the ninth with a homer to left.
With two outs, Brian Roberts singled and went to third on Melvin
Mora's single. Mora stole second, and Miguel Tejada tied it with a
two-run single to center.

"We've got a great offense, but we've got to start winning
games early," said Orioles reliever Rick Bauer, who tossed 4 2-3
scoreless innings. "We should be pounding people sometimes."

Scot Shields pitched the 10th for his third save, retiring Jerry
Hairston with a runner on second to end it.

The Angels' 24-12 record is the best in the American League, and
their 13-7 road record is tops in the majors. They've won 11 of 13

Anaheim roughed up Kurt Ainsworth for nine runs and six hits in
1 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the year. The Angels led 9-0
after two innings and ended an eight-game losing streak to

"It got away early. We lost that game in the second inning,"
Palmeiro said. "We did battle back, we did some things right after
the second inning, but we can't have breakdowns like that."

Figgins tripled in the first, hit a grand slam in the second and
singled to left-center in the third.

Needing a double to become the fourth Angels player to hit for
the cycle, he grounded out in the sixth and singled to left in the
eighth before delivering the go-ahead hit in the 10th.

"He had an incredible game, but it was more than just that,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Both clubs showed character."

Bengie Molina had a season-high three hits for Anaheim.

Javy Lopez and Mora also homered for Baltimore, which has lost
three of four.

The Angels took a 2-0 lead in the first. David Eckstein led off
with a triple and scored on Figgins' major league-leading sixth
triple. A sacrifice fly by Jeff DaVanon scored Figgins.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a game
started with consecutive triples was Sept. 29, 1988, when Shawon
Dunston and Mitch Webster did it for the Chicago Cubs against

Ainsworth got Casey Kotchman to fly out to start the second, but
didn't retire another hitter, allowing seven consecutive batters to
reach base before departing.

Molina doubled down the left-field line, and Robb Quinlan was
hit by a pitch. After Kennedy walked to load the bases, Ainsworth
plunked Eckstein in the leg to force in a run. Figgins then hit the
first pitch over the scoreboard in right field for a 6-0 lead.

DaVanon followed with a single and moved to third on Vladimir
Guerrero's double to left. Bauer replaced Ainsworth, and Molina
later singled in two runs to make it 9-0.

Colon went 3 2-3 innings before yielding his first hit, Lopez's
solo homer to left.

The Orioles cut the lead to 9-5 in the fifth on Mora's RBI
double, Tejada's run-scoring single and Palmeiro's two-run shot.

Mora lined a two-out homer off reliever Kevin Gregg in the

Game notes
Eckstein's first-inning triple snapped an 0-for-19 slump.
... Ainsworth has allowed seven or more runs three times in seven
starts. His ERA jumped from 7.36 to 9.68. ... The Angels to hit for
the cycle are Jim Fregosi (1964, 1968), Dan Ford (1979) and Dave
Winfield (1991). ... The last Angels player to hit a grand slam for
his first career homer was Buck Rodgers on Sept. 29, 1961. ... John
Servis, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite
Smarty Jones, threw out the first pitch.