Anderson's slam boosts Orioles, 6-3

Shot off lefty Magnante helps O's gain first back-to-back road wins

Timlin rebounds, gets save

Guzman earns 2nd win despite uneven outing

May 28, 1999|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Supposedly a pushover against left-handed pitching, Brady Anderson turned the night with a seventh-inning grand slam.

A candidate for early retirement in the first inning, starting pitcher Juan Guzman (2-4) pushed through the sixth to earn his second win of the month.

Less than 24 hours after being bypassed as closer, Mike Timlin restored order to a potentially mangled eighth inning by getting three outs with two pitches.

The sum, tallied before 24,724 at Edison International Field last night, was a convincing 6-3 decision over the Anaheim Angels that enabled the 18-28 Orioles to capture consecutive road wins for the first time this season.

What began as a night to be concerned about Guzman's control ended with the Orioles outhitting the Angels 12-7 and celebrating a night of redemption.

Anderson reached reliever Mike Magnante for a one-out home run to cap the Orioles' five-run seventh inning. Guzman was rewarded for interspersing three hits among six walks. Manager Ray Miller was able to survive a scary eighth inning in which Mike Fetters was allowed to face left-handed hitters Mo Vaughn and Garret Anderson, priming a two-run rally.

Timlin, who ceded his closer role to Arthur Rhodes on Wednesday night, replaced Fetters after Randy Velarde's run-scoring single. Velarde immediately ran into a double play on Darin Erstad's pop to shallow left field, and Timlin struck out Troy Glaus to end the threat.

Miller, who the night before had christened a "competition" between Rhodes and Timlin, allowed the right-hander to pitch a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save.

"He's a ground-ball pitcher," Miller said of Timlin. "I think he got a little pressured because he failed a couple times. I've still got the article at home from spring training where he said, `I'm not your conventional short man. I'm better at 92 and 93 [mph] with sinkers.' I reminded him of that and we worked on the side twice. I was hoping on this trip we'd get a similar situation."

Said Timlin: "I wasn't really down on myself mentally. I wasn't in the best mood after the last time [Saturday's loss against the Texas Rangers]. It's short-term memory. It's gone."

Guzman's up-and-down nature, meanwhile, was on display.

He walked three hitters around Vaughn's double in the first inning, drawing a mound visit from pitching coach Bruce Kison and working his bullpen into a lather.

Then, with bases loaded, Miller steaming in the dugout and three balls on Glaus, Guzman struck out the third baseman on a slider running out of the strike zone.

The enigmatic Guzman, with one win in his first nine starts, is also the pitcher who can sometimes become lost between the mound and home plate when backing up a throw, or the guy who can turn an otherwise routine double-play ball into an adventure by throwing low to shortstop Mike Bordick.

Left to pick Guzman's short-hopped throw, Bordick was exposed in the third inning to Velarde's hard slide and was left with a spiked ankle.

But Guzman is also the pitcher who can blow away three hitters with runners in scoring position in the first three innings, then feed catcher Charles Johnson for a strikeout/throw out double play in the fifth inning with a 1-1 game still intact.

"He's hard to read when he's not throwing strikes," Miller said of Guzman. "You look up and he's walking people and not backing up bases and you get frustrated with him. Then you look up in the sixth inning and he's given up one run, so you say he battled."

Said Guzman: "I was wild. But I have experience. I'm not going to give up just because I'm wild. I didn't pitch my best today, but I made pitches when I needed to."

The Angels had their chances early against the Orioles' sinker-throwing right-hander but were sent away almost empty. Four times in the first six innings they placed their leadoff hitter on base. Only in the first inning, when Guzman assisted with unsteady control, did they score.

Orlando Palmeiro walked and was replaced by Andy Sheets on a fielder's choice. Vaughn doubled into the left-field corner to score Sheets and was quickly joined on the bases by Garret Anderson and Erstad, both of whom walked. Doug Johns began to throw in the bullpen, and Miller seemed only a hitter or two away from lifting his starter.

Guzman then fell behind Glaus before rallying for a strikeout.

Given a run, Angels starter Ken Hill looked as if he had enough to win. He struck out four of the first seven hitters he faced before Delino DeShields reached on a one-out double in the third. Hill ended the inning with his fifth strikeout.

One of Hill's early victims returned in the fourth to bite him. Baines, turned inside out on a second-inning strikeout, reversed a negative career trend vs. Hill by ripping a 420-foot home run to dead center field. The homer was the second in as many nights for Baines, who missed the previous five games with a strained quadriceps muscle.

Entering the game, Baines was hitting a career .143 in 21 at-bats against Hill.

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