ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero broke out of his slump with a grand slam Thursday night to rally the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees.

Guerrero’s towering shot greeted reliever Tom Gordon in the seventh and brought the Angels back from a 5-2 deficit.

The homer, only the fifth hit in 45 at-bats for last year’s AL MVP, came after Randy Johnson had held the Angels to two runs on four hits before leaving after the sixth inning.

Jason Giambi homered twice off Bartolo Colon, the second game in a row the Yankees’ first baseman hit a pair. It was his third multihomer game of the season and 26th of his career.

Giambi has hit 15 home runs this season, 10 this month.

Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer, his AL-leading 27th, and Hideki Matsui also hit a solo shot, his 16th.

Colon (12-6) allowed all four New York homers. He gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings and struck out three.

Scot Shields pitched the eighth. He gave way to Francisco Rodriguez, who gave up a double to Alex Rodriguez leading off the ninth.

A-Rod advanced to third on Mastui’s flyball, but Rodriguez got out of the jam by striking out Giambi and – after walking Bernie Williams – getting pinch-hitter Jorge Posada to ground out to second for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Gordon (3-4) was charged with run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.

The Yankees went up 5-2 on homers by Giambi and Matsui in the seventh after Giambi homered in the fourth.

Los Angeles had closed to 3-2 on Garret Anderson’s RBI single in the sixth inning.

The Angels got their first hit – and first run – off Johnson in the fourth inning. Johnson hit Darin Erstad with a pitch leading off the inning. One out later, Anderson singled to move Erstad to third, then Bengie Molina followed with a sacrifice fly.

Derek Jeter got New York off to a quick start, tripling over Guerrero’s head in right field on Colon’s first pitch of the game. Robinson Cano followed with a bloop single to center to put the Yankees on the board.

Gary Sheffield then grounded into a double play before Rodriguez homered for a 2-0 lead.

Notes: John Flaherty has caught eight of Johnson’s last nine starts. The Big Unit is 5-0 with a 2.95 ERA in those eight games. Posada caught the other game during that stretch, and Johnson gave up seven runs over three innings. …The sellout crowd of 44,109 put the Angels at 2,042,849 this season, making them the second team this season – behind the Yankees – to top the two million mark in home attendance. … Cano’s RBI single in the opening inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … It was only the second time in 20 starts this season that Colon has allowed more than two homers. The Yankees hit three against him on April 26 in a 12-4 victory at New York.

AP-ES-07-22-05 0056EDT


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