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Hunter powers red-hot Angels past Orioles

Jul 27, 2008 - 3:25 AM BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Torii Hunter had a pair of home runs and five RBI to help the red-hot Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue their torrid pace with an 11-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Saturday night.

Casey Kotchman and Juan Rivera also went deep for the Angels (64-39), who recorded their ninth win in 10 games to improve upon the best record in baseball.

"For a long time, our pitching has been driving this whole machine," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "In a couple of the last games, we haven't been as crisp on the mound but, offensively, we picked them up, so that's a good sign."

Hunter, who missed three games this week while visiting his ailing grandmother, hit a solo shot in the third then tacked on a two-run blast in the ninth - his 15th of the season. The center fielder reached base five times, walking twice and adding a two-run single.

"The field is my safe haven," Hunter said. "(My grandmother) always told me to have fun and play the game, so that's what I did today."

Anaheim starter Jon Garland (9-6) earned the win, allowing five runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out three in 5 1/3 innings. All the damage off Garland was from the long ball, with Aubrey Huff crushing a first-inning offering over the right-field bleachers for a three-run homer and Luke Scott adding a late two-run blast to mark the end of the righthander's night.

"The two (home runs) that I gave up were both hit pretty good. ? I've just got to do a better job of getting the ball down," Garland said. "But it's nice to see the team start to put up runs like they are. It takes a lot of weight off you when you go out there ... you can just trust your stuff and you know you'll get taken care of."

Rookie righthander Radhames Liz (4-3) continued the woes of the Orioles' starting staff, allowing six runs and seven hits with four walks and one strikeout in 5 2/3 frames. In the last 20 games, Baltimore has had just one pitcher last six innings.

"(Liz's) ball-strike ratio was not what it needs to be in order to put himself in a situation where he can put himself in some sort of comfort zone," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He was pitching behind a lot. ... Leadoff walks and two-out walks have a way of catching up with you in a hurry."

Hunter got his night started early, touching Liz for a two-run single in the first. Kotchman then re-captured the lead with his two-run shot in the third before Hunter struck again with a solo blast to make it 5-3.

The former All-Star center fielder also scored on Howie Kendrick's sixth-inning RBI single, then came around again after Rivera's three-run blast in the eighth.

"When you're in a groove, you don't have to think - it's just see ball, hit ball," Hunter said. "When you hit it like that, it's so sweet."

Ramon Hernandez had two hits for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 3 2 11 10 0
    BALTIMORE 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LAA - JON GARLAND, JOSE ARREDONDO (6TH), DARREN OLIVER (8TH) AND
    JEFF MATHIS
    BAL - RADHAMES LIZ, LANCE CORMIER (6TH), FERNANDO
    CABRERA (8TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ



    Jul 26 10:14 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRIAN ROBERTS SCORED RAMON HERNANDEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 11
    BALTIMORE 6 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.281, 1-FOR-4)

    Angels 11, Orioles 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 26 10:14 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY TORII HUNTER (15) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF FERNANDO CABRERA SCORED VLADIMIR GUERRERO.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 11, BALTIMORE 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.270, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Angels 11, Orioles 5  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 26 9:54 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JUAN RIVERA (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF FERNANDO CABRERA SCORED TORII HUNTER AND GARRET
    ANDERSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 9, BALTIMORE 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J MATHIS (.222, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Angels 9, Orioles 5  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 26 9:31 PM
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    Angels 9, Orioles 5  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 26 9:31 PM
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    Angels 6, Orioles 5  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 26 9:13 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY LUKE SCOTT (18) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JON GARLAND SCORED MELVIN MORA.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6, BALTIMORE 5
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: K MILLAR (.242, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Angels 6, Orioles 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 26 8:57 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED TORII HUNTER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H KENDRICK ON FIRST, G ANDERSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6
    BALTIMORE 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J RIVERA (.243, 0-FOR-2)

    Angels 6, Orioles 3  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 26 8:42 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TORII HUNTER (14) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF RADHAMES LIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 5, BALTIMORE 3
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.268, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 5, Orioles 3  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 26 7:54 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CASEY KOTCHMAN (11) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF RADHAMES LIZ SCORED CHONE FIGGINS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4, BALTIMORE 3
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M IZTURIS (.267, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Angels 4, Orioles 3  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 26 7:51 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY AUBREY HUFF (20) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF JON GARLAND SCORED ADAM JONES AND NICK MARKAKIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2, BALTIMORE 3
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.251, 15 HR, 63 RBI)

    Angels 2, Orioles 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 26 7:24 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 2 2 1 0
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LAA - JON GARLAND
    BAL - RADHAMES LIZ

    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.286, 7 HR, 34 RBI)
    A JONES (.281, 6 HR, 43 RBI)
    N MARKAKIS (.291, 15 HR, 54 RBI

    Angels 2, Orioles 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 26 7:17 PM