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Guerrero has four hits, drives in two

4/29/2004

DETROIT (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero sure impressed Detroit pitcher
Nate Robertson.

"I threw a slider down and he hit it out of the park,"
Robertson said. "I threw a fastball in right where I wanted it,
and he didn't even hit it that good for him and he doubled in the
first. He's a great hitter. He can hit anything."

It sure looked that way Thursday.

Guerrero homered, doubled and singled twice in the Anaheim
Angels' 12-3 win over the Tigers. He left the game after striking
out in the seventh inning.

It was the first time Guerrero had had four hits in a game since
Sept. 14, 2003, when he was playing for Montreal and hit for the
cycle against the New York Mets.

"He's just not normal," Detroit manager Alan Trammell said.
"He's a great bad-ball hitter, maybe one of the best of all time.
Not only does he hit them for singles, he hits them for extra-base
hits. This guy, he's in the elite category. Today he certainly
shined."

So did Anaheim, which won for the fifth time in six games.

The Angels scored seven of eight runs in the big inning off
Robertson (1-1).

With one out in the fourth inning and the Angels leading 2-0,
Jose Molina doubled and reached third on an error by center fielder
Alex Sanchez. The next six Angels reached base, chasing Robertson,
and Jose Guillen capped the rally by hitting a two-run homer off
reliever Gary Knotts.

Robertson was tagged for nine runs and eight hits in 3 1-3
innings.

Jarrod Washburn (4-1), who walked five in his last outing,
pitched eight innings, allowing three runs and nine hits while
striking out six and walking none. He won his third consecutive
start.

"I hope it lasts all season," Washburn said of pitching with a
big lead. "I'll take 12 runs every time I pitch. I know there will
be times when we have 1-0 and 2-0 games and I have to step up, but
it would be nice if I didn't have to."

Washburn retired the Tigers in order in the first four innings
before they scored single runs in the next three innings. Scot
Shields pitched the ninth for Anaheim.

"He had a good fastball, good slider," said Detroit's Rondell
White, who had one hit in three at-bats. "(Washburn) kind of did
what he wanted to do today, so hat's off to him."

After missing yesterday's game with a bruised right finger, Ivan
Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single for the Tigers.

Guillen had a season-high three RBI for the Angels, who have an
extra-base hit in all 22 games this season.

Darin Erstad had two hits and drove in four runs for the
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^Notes@: Before the game, the Tigers acquired LHP Felix Sanchez from
the Chicago Cubs for a minor league pitcher and a player to be
named. Sanchez pitched in three games for the Cubs last season. He
was assigned to Double-A Erie by the Tigers. ... Angels SS David
Eckstein, who injured his groin Tuesday night, has improved enough
to where Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia expects to get him back into
the lineup this weekend. ... Guerrero had four hits in a game for
the 11th time in his career. ... Detroit's Alex Sanchez's
career-high 11-game hitting streak was snapped.