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Guerrero, Angels blast past Orioles

BALTIMORE — Even though Vladimir Guerrero can't sprint around the basepaths the way he used to, the oft-injured slugger never has any trouble with his home run trot.

Guerrero hit two homers and had five RBIs, Kendry Morales and Maicer Izturis also connected, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled away to an 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Guerrero hit a two-run shot in the sixth and a three-run drive in the seventh. He's missed 56 games this season while on the disabled list, but still has 10 home runs in 2009, and 402 for his career.

"He has played with injury after injury after injury, but he knows how to hit, and he knows how to hit with men on base," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He doesn't run near as well as he used to, he doesn't move near as well as he used to, but he knows what to do when that bat's in his hand."

The score was tied at 2 before the Angels scored three runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh.

Izturis broke the tie with a solo shot off rookie David Hernandez (4-5) in the sixth. Bobby Abreu followed with a single before Guerrero hit a drive over the center-field wall.

In the seventh, Cla Meredith walked Chone Figgins and issued a two-out intentional walk to Abreu before the 34-year-old Guerrero homered to center for his 38th career multihomer game.

Walk a batter to get to Guerrero? Trembley defended the strategy as a righty vs. righty matchup, and Guerrero didn't argue.

"I've seen it more this year and I can't blame them because I haven't been right," he said through an interpreter. "When I'm not right, they want to take a chance with me."

It turned out to be a bad move, because Guerrero obviously still has plenty of pop in his bat.

"It's fun to watch them go out of the ballpark, that's for sure," he said. "All you try to do is go out there and put a good swing on the ball."

Ervin Santana (6-6) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to win his third straight start, and Brian Fuentes got the final out for his 34th save.

ATHLETICS 3, YANKEES 0: At Oakland, Calif., Brett Tomko pitched five scoreless innings to beat New York less than a month after being released by the Yankees, winning his debut with Oakland. Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis had RBI hits in a three-run fourth inning against A.J. Burnett (10-6) in the Yankees' second straight loss on this West Coast trip.

RANGERS 8, TWINS 5: At Arlington, Texas, Marlon Byrd drove in three runs and Texas extended its lead in the AL wild-card race. After taking two of three over the weekend from Boston, the Rangers stretched their advantage to one game over the idle Red Sox.

Josh Hamilton had two hits and scored twice as he batted third in the Rangers lineup for the first time since July 25. David Murphy added two RBIs for Texas, which led 7-2 after the second.

Tommy Hunter (6-2) won his third straight start, allowing four runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Minnesota All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau left in the fourth inning after experiencing dizziness. The 2006 MVP came into the game leading the AL with 94 RBIs.

Joe Mauer went 3 for 5 and homered for the Twins, who have lost 12 of 16. He pushed his hitting streak to 14 games and raised baseball's best batting average to .380.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano (5-12) gave up seven runs, tying a career high, and seven hits in two innings.

WHITE SOX 8, ROYALS 7: At Chicago, Scott Podsednik had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth and A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer in the seventh for Chicago. With the score tied at 7, Alex Rios drew a leadoff walk from Royals reliever Roman Colon (1-3) in the eighth. After a sacrifice and another out, Podsednik singled off John Bale. Jayson Nix hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who are two games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central.

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle again failed to win for the first time since pitching a perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23. He has a five-game winless streak. Buehrle allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.