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Angels top A’s on Guerrero’s homer in 9th

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Oakland catcher Damian Miller awaits the throw to tag out Anaheim's hustling Vladimir Guerrero.

Oakland catcher Damian Miller awaits the throw to tag out Anaheim’s hustling Vladimir Guerrero.

Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

Vladimir Guerrero homered to help Kelvim Escobar earn his first win for Anaheim in the Angels' 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

After losing two of three at home to the A's last weekend, the Angels have taken the first two games of this three-game series.

Two of Anaheim's big offseason additions played a big part in the latest win for the Angels, who went from World Series champions in 2002 to 77 wins last season.

Guerrero hit his fifth homer of the season, and Escobar (1-1) recovered from a shaky start to pitch five innings for the victory as the Angels tied the A's for first in the AL West.

Scot Shields, Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival combined for four scoreless innings of relief to finish it. Percival earned his fourth save.

Adam Kennedy went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Anaheim.

After Oakland broke out to a 3-0 lead on back-to-back homers in the second inning by Scott Hatteberg and Erubiel Durazo, the Angels began to chip away against Mark Redman (1-1). Kennedy tripled with one out in the third and scored on David Eckstein's groundout. Darin Erstad followed with a single and Guerrero was hit by a pitch. Troy Glaus then hit a shot off the center-field wall that scored Erstad. Guerrero was thrown out on a close play at the plate when second baseman Frank Menechino made a perfect relay throw to Damian Miller.

In the fourth, Jose Molina singled, Chone Figgins followed with a smash up the third-base line that Eric Chavez stopped, but threw wildly to first, allowing Molina to score and sending Figgins to third. Figgins scored on Kennedy's single.

Guerrero led off the fifth with a homer to left-center to make it 5-3. Guerrero, who entered the series in a 3-for-39 slump, has four hits in the first two games of the series.

The A's took the early lead with three straight extra-base hits to open the second. Jermaine Dye doubled and Hatteberg followed with his first homer of the season.

After narrowly missing a homer just foul down the right-field line, Durazo went the opposite way and cleared the left-field fence for his first homer to make it 3-0.

Escobar didn't allow another hit before being replaced by Shields to start the sixth.

The A's didn't threaten again until the eighth when they put runners on first and third with one out, but Rodriguez struck out Dye and got Hatteberg to ground out.

Anaheim added an insurance run in the ninth when Figgins tripled and scored on Kennedy's single.

RED SOX 3, YANKEES 2: At New York, Mark Bellhorn drove in Manny Ramirez in the 12th inning with Boston's third sacrifice fly, and Boston improved to 5-1 this season against their bitter rival. Scott Williamson, Alan Embree, Keith Foulke (1-0) and Mike Timlin held the struggling Yankees offense without a run for six innings, increasing the bullpen's scoreless streak to 22 2/3 innings and helping Boston drop New York to 8-10. Alex Rodriguez brought New York to 2-1 with his first homer in pinstripes and helped tie it by sparking a seventh-inning rally with a headfirst into first slide, then scoring on Gary Sheffield's single.

TIGERS 5, INDIANS 2: At Detroit, Rondell White hit a three-run homer off Chad Durbin in the ninth after Fernando Vina led off the inning with a bloop single to right off Scott Stewart (0-1) and Durbin intentionally walked Ivan Rodriguez. Detroit (11-7) didn't get its 11th win last year until May 23, when it was 11-35.

DEVIL RAYS 4, WHITE SOX 1: At Chicago, Julio Lugo drove in two runs and Doug Waechter (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. Danny Baez got four outs for his second save. Frank Thomas homered for the second straight day after missing three games because of a hamstring injury. With an eighth-inning walk, Thomas moved past Hank Aaron into 21st place on the career list with 1,403.

BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 4: At Baltimore, Frank Catalanotto hit a tiebreaking single in the 12th inning, leading Toronto past Baltimore. Chris Woodward led off the 12th by doubling off the left-field wall against Mike DeJean (0-1). Catalanotto followed with a single through the hole at shortstop. Kerry Ligtenberg (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, off to a franchise-worst 5-12 start.

RANGERS 3, MARINERS 0: At Arlington, Texas, Hank Blalock hit a tiebreaking homer off Freddy Garcia (0-1) in the eighth, and the Rangers (10-8) moved two games over. 500 for the first time since they were 30-28 on June 8, 2000. Kevin Mench added a two-run double off Julio Mateo. Jay Powell (1-0) allowed one hit in two innings, and Jeff Nelson finished the seven-hitter against his former team for his first save. Seattle, which has hit into 11 double plays over the past four games, lost its fourth straight.

ROYALS 10, TWINS 1: At Kansas City, Carlos Beltran homered and tripled on his 27th birthday to help Kansas City win for the second time in 10 games. Beltran, tied for the American League lead with seven homers, hit a solo shot in the third inning off Seth Greisinger (0-1). Shawn Camp (1-0), who replaced injured starter Darrell May in the fifth, worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, to pick up his first major league victory. Matt Stairs also homered for the Royals.