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Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Updated: May 26, 9:26 AM ET
Guillen rips Angels' pitchers

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Jose Guillen ripped his Anaheim Angels teammates for not backing up him after he was hit by a pitch for the sixth time this season.

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"I don't know how many times I've been hit and there's been no retaliation," Guillen said. "I'm giving everything I got every day, playing hurt, playing in pain, and trying to win some games, and we don't get no help from nobody."

In a profanity-laced tirade after the Angels' 6-5, 10-inning loss to Toronto on Monday night, Guillen also complained that nobody has retaliated after Vladimir Guerrero has been plunked. Guerrero has been hit just twice this season. Toronto starter Justin Miller tied a club record by hitting three batters, including Guillen in the top of the sixth.

Guillen glared at Miller and took a few steps toward the mound, but the benches never emptied.

Guillen was still angry after the game, even after Anaheim starter John Lackey and manager Mike Scioscia were ejected in the bottom of the sixth when Lackey brushed back Simon Pond with two outs in the inning, then threw a pitch that grazed his jersey.

Both benches had already been warned, so plate umpire Jim Reynolds immediately ejected Lackey. Scioscia then got into a heated argument with Reynolds.

Anaheim pitcher Jarrod Washburn seemed surprised Guillen would go public with his complaint.

"That's something between the hitters and the pitchers," Washburn said. "That's something we'll discuss."

Guerrero, Guillen and Jeff DaVanon hit consecutive homers in the third for the Angels, a major league-best 29-16.

Chris Gomez scored the winning run in the 10th when the Angeles failed to cover the plate during a rundown, ending Toronto's four-game skid.

Gomez reached on a fielder's choice and Ben Weber (0-2) walked Eric Hinske before Pond hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Casey Kotchman, who knocked the ball down with a dive.

Second baseman Adam Kennedy picked up the ball and threw to catcher Bengie Molina, who got Gomez in a rundown between third and home. Molina chased Gomez up the line before throwing to Alfredo Amezaga, who didn't have anybody to throw to at the plate because Weber covered first on the grounder. Gomez slid across with the winning run, and Pond was credited with an RBI single.

"Bengie got caught in-between and we lost the play," said Scioscia, who thought Molina should have stayed at home or chased Gomez all the way up to third.

DaVanon called it a "freak play."

"Everyone was screaming for Bengie to hold the ball but it was so loud. It was just odd," DaVanon said.

Jason Frasor (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Miller said he understood why Guillen walked toward the mound.

"I did hit two guys earlier, but all I'm trying to do is compete," Miller said.

Miller allowed five straight hits in the third, including the three consecutive homers.

Guerrero homered off SkyDome's Windows restaurant before Guillen sent a drive over the center-field wall. DaVanon followed with a homer to right, giving Anaheim a 4-2 lead. Guerrero added an RBI single in the fourth, but the Blue Jays cut it to 5-4 when Reed Johnson and Frank Menechino hit consecutive RBI doubles off Lackey in the bottom half. Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado left after the third inning with a jammed right knee. Delgado, who has a history of knee problems, was called out at second base on a fielder's choice in the third. Dave Berg replaced him at first to start the fourth.

Kotchman struck out for the first time in 48 career plate appearances, a club record. His streak was the longest in the majors since Bob Bailor began his career by going 51 plate appearances without striking out from 1975-77 with Baltimore and Toronto.

Notes
Troy Glaus, Darin Erstad and Garret Anderson were the last Angels to hit three consecutive homers on July 26, 2001, against Tampa Bay. ... David Wells and Chris Michalak also hit three batters in a game for the Blue Jays.