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Hunter, Angels defeat Orioles on walk-off walk

Aug 5, 2008 - 6:26 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Torii Hunter helped the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim erase the memory of squandering a four-run lead, scoring the winning run on Chone Figgins' walk to lift his club to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run home run in the third inning for the Angels, who became the first team in the majors to reach the 70-win mark this season.

Hunter led off the ninth with a double off Orioles closer George Sherill (3-6) and advanced to third on Garret Anderson's groundout.

"I just wanted to make something happen after we lost the lead late in the game," Hunter said. "I got an elevated pitch and just was trying to hustle for a double."

After issuing an intentional pass to Howie Kendrick, it appeared Sherill might get out of the jam when he got Juan Rivera to fly out. But Sherill then relinquished back-to-back walks to Jeff Mathis and Figgins, plating the winning run.

"Our guys never give up and it showed tonight after the let down in the ninth inning," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

The Orioles rallied for four runs in the ninth, tying the contest at 5-5 and costing Angels starter Joe Saunders his 15th win of the season.

"I'm really proud of our team, how they came back against the best team in baseball," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "I got a lot of respect for them and it showed what they are made of tonight, but just wish we could have got the win."

Anaheim reliever Scot Shields relinquished two singles and departed with two outs, leaving closer Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) just one out away from his major league-leading 46th save of the season.

It looked be over when Brian Roberts hit a sharp grounder to first base, but Mark Teixeira could not handle it, loading the bases.

"That's a ball that I should have had," Teixeira said. "I'm just happy that it didn't cost us the win and definitely good to get the win after it was all said and done."

Nick Markakis followed with a two-run single and after the runners moved up on a wild pitch, Melvin Mora delivered a game-tying two-run double down the left field line.

Saunders, who was attempting to join Cleveland's Cliff Lee as the American League's only 15-game winners, gave up one run and six hits with two walks and two strikeouts over six frames.

"It's just baseball and it's something out of my control," Saunders said. "The most important thing is that our team ended up winning the game after giving up the lead. Just turn the page and get ready for my next start."








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

    BATTERIES: BAL - DENNIS SARFATE, RANDOR BIERD (4TH), ALBERTO CASTILLO (6TH),
    FERNANDO CABRERA (7TH), GEORGE SHERRILL (8TH) AND RAMON
    HERNANDEZ
    LAA - JOE SAUNDERS, JUSTIN SPEI

    Aug 5 1:14 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CHONE FIGGINS SCORED TORII HUNTER.
    FINAL SCORE: LA ANGELS 6, BALTIMORE 5

    Orioles 5, Angels 6  Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 5 1:14 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS AND NICK
    MARKAKIS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M MORA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 5
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.304, 1-FOR-4)

    Orioles 5, Angels 5  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 5 12:58 AM
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    Orioles 5, Angels 5  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 5 12:58 AM
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    Orioles 3, Angels 5  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 5 12:56 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED KEVIN MILLAR AND ALEX
    CINTRON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N MARKAKIS ON FIRST, B ROBERTS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.252, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Orioles 3, Angels 5  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 5 12:56 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ROBERTS ON SECOND, J PAYTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    LA ANGELS 5 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.253, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles 1, Angels 5  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 4 11:41 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G ANDERSON ON FIRST, T HUNTER ON SECOND, V
    GUERRERO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.329, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 0, Angels 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 4 11:28 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    TORII HUNTER HIT BY RANDOR BIERD PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED CHONE FIGGINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HUNTER ON FIRST, V GUERRERO ON SECOND, M
    TEIXEIRA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.285, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Orioles 0, Angels 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 4 11:26 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO (19) TO CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF DENNIS SARFATE SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, LA ANGELS 3
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: T HUNTER (.281, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Orioles 0, Angels 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 4 11:00 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED CHONE FIGGINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, E AYBAR ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: V GUERRERO (.282, 18 HR, 58 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Angels 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 4 10:24 PM