Angels land on Tigers


ANAHEIM, Calif. – John Lackey allowed one hit over eight innings, Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Wednesday.

The Angels took two of three from Detroit and have won five of their last six series, beating the New York Yankees, Texas, Minnesota, Oakland and Detroit.

A night after his teammates were held to a season-low three hits in a 5-2 loss, Lackey (3-1) gave up only a one-out single to Craig Monroe in the fifth. Lackey struck out eight – tying a season high – and walked five, and Scot Shields finished the two-hitter.

The Angels backed Lackey with solid defense after he gave up his fifth walk, to Brandon Inge starting the eighth. Second baseman Howie Kendrick, in his major league debut, started a double play, and Lackey struck out Placido Polanco.

Athletics 6, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas – Kevin Mench hit a grand slam to set a Texas Rangers record by homering in his sixth straight game, but Francisco Cordero blew another save and Jay Payton hit a two-run single in the 10th inning that gave the Oakland Athletics a 6-4 victory Wednesday.

Texas led 4-3 until Dan Johnson led off the ninth with a homer off Cordero, who blew his third straight save chance – and second in less than 24 hours. It was Johnson’s first homer since Sept. 25.

Blue Jays 8, Orioles 2

TORONTO – Vernon Wells homered twice and Alex Rios had three hits to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Rios hit his sixth home run, a two-run shot off Erik Bedard, in the sixth.

Wells followed with his first homer of the game off Sendy Rleal to give Toronto a 6-2 lead.

Rios is platooning with Eric Hinske in right field, but he’s making it hard for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to keep him on the bench.

Royals 3, Twins 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Back in the majors, Runelvys Hernandez won by a relatively slim margin.

Banished to the minors at the start of the season for being overweight, Hernandez allowed two runners in seven innings to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 3-1 Wednesday night.

Devil Rays 4, Yankees 2

NEW YORK – Carl Crawford hit a tiebreaking double off Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 Wednesday night despite setting a team record by walking 14 batters.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who wasted a strong start by Chien-Ming Wang and fell to 1-9 when scoring fewer than six runs. They stranded 16 runners, the last three when Shawn Camp retired Sheffield on a bases-loaded grounder for his second save.

Jason Giambi drew four of New York’s walks, but incredibly, none of the walked batters came around to score. The Yankees got their leadoff man on nine times in 10 innings, with seven walks and two hits. Johnny Damon tied a career high with three stolen bases.

The Devil Rays snapped a four-game skid and improved to 2-6 on their nine-game trip. New York had won three in a row.