ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Vladimir Guerrero homered twice and drove in five runs, Garret Anderson also connected and the Los Angeles sent the sputtering Baltimore Orioles to their season-worst seventh straight loss with a 10-1 victory Tuesday night.

Bartolo Colon (13-6) scattered 10 hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking none. The right-hander gave up his only run in the fourth on an RBI single by B.J. Surhoff, who started at first base for the third time this season while Rafael Palmeiro served the second game of his 10-day suspension for a positive steroid test.

The Angels, who came staggering home after a 1-5 road trip that reduced their AL West lead over Oakland from 61/2 games to one, maintained that margin behind Guerrero’s big night.

The Orioles, who spent two months atop the AL East standings and were a season-high 14 games over .500 on June 21, are now four games under the break-even mark for the first time following their 13th loss in 14 games. The defeat, coupled with Boston’s victory over Kansas City, put them a season-worst 91/2 games off the pace.

Sidney Ponson (7-10) allowed eight runs, 10 hits and three homers in 5 1-3 innings, making him 0-6 with an 8.26 ERA over his last eight starts. In his previous outing last Thursday against Texas, Ponson faced only nine batters and left after Sandy Alomar Jr.’s line drive bruised his right thumb.

The Angels opened the scoring in the first when third baseman Melvin Mora failed to corral Guerrero’s sharp single with Chone Figgins on third.

Guerrero made it 3-0 in the second, driving a 2-1 pitch over the center-field wall after Darin Erstad doubled with one out. Anderson followed with his 12th homer of the season and his fourth RBI in 20 games.

The Angels increased the margin to 5-1 in the fifth on a leadoff walk to Erstad and Guerrero’s 21st homer. It was the reigning AL MVP’s 25th career two-homer game and second this season.

Erstad and Juan Rivera each added an RBI single in the eighth.

Orioles slugger Sammy Sosa was incensed at umpire Paul Emmel after getting called out on strikes in the sixth and had to be led away by manager Lee Mazzilli. In the bottom half, Mazzilli and Surhoff argued with first base umpire Tony Randazzo that Figgins’ double down the line should have been called foul.

Orlando Cabrera followed that hit with a two-run double that gave the Angels an 8-1 cushion and chased Ponson. Mazzilli, who had had enough of Guerrero at that point, had Steve Kline intentionally walk him with two outs.

The Orioles tried to trade Ponson and the remaining 11/2 years of his $22.2 million, three-year contract to San Diego for Phil Nevin. The slugging first baseman nixed the deal on July 25, but was traded five days later, to Texas for pitcher Chan Ho Park.

Notes: Sosa, who was suspended seven games in 2003 for using a corked bat while playing for the Chicago Cubs, declined comment on Palmeiro’s suspension. … Sosa’s suspension began nine weeks and five days after his 500th home run. Palmeiro’s began two weeks and three days after his 3,000th hit. They both have played for the Rangers, Cubs and Orioles. … Colon is 10-3 with a 3.57 ERA over his last 17 starts. … No Orioles starting pitcher has won since July 15, when RHP Rodrigo Lopez beat Seattle 6-3 and Palmeiro got his 3,000th hit. … Angels RHP Kelvim Escobar, sidelined since June 9 because of a bone spur in his elbow, threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since going on the disabled list for the third time this season. … An MRI on Angels LHP Jarrod Washburn’s forearm revealed mild inflammation. He will have his normal bullpen session on Wednesday, but there is no timetable for his next start.

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