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No one covers plate in failed rundown

5/24/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- Jose Guillen is tired of being beaned, and he
wants his Anaheim teammates to do something about it.

Guillen went on a profanity-laced tirade after the Toronto Blue
Jays beat the Angels 6-5 in 10 innings Monday night.

"I don't know how many times I've been hit and there's been no
retaliation," said Guillen, plunked six times this season. "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."

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, 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."

Vladimir Guerrero, Guillen and Jeff DaVanon hit consecutive
homers in the third for the Angels, who still have the best record
in the majors (29-16).

Chris Gomez scored the winning run in the 10th when nobody
covered 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 win.

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.

Game 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. .. Hinske robbed DaVanon of a
hit with a leaping grab at third base in the ninth, then threw to
first to complete a double play. ... The Angels didn't get to their
hotel until 9 a.m. Monday after they were forced to land in Detroit
because of fog in the Toronto area.