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GUERRERO REWRITES RECORD WITH 9 RBI ANGELS 10, BOSTON 7.

Byline: Gabe Lacques Staff Writer

ANAHEIM - Certainly, the Angels expected nothing less than greatness from Vladimir Guerrero when they lured him here before this season.

But even the most optimistic club official would probably be lying if he said he'd expected to see anything like the performance Guerrero put on against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.

Guerrero set a club record with nine RBI, hit two home runs - including a go-ahead, three-run shot in the sixth inning - and made future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez seem very mortal in spearheading a wild 10-7 victory in front of a disbelieving crowd of 43,205.

Guerrero's three-run shot off Mike Timlin erased a 7-5 deficit. He earlier hit a two-run homer, two-run double and sacrifice fly off Martinez, the three-time Cy Young Award winner who came into the game 8-1 with a 1.42 ERA lifetime against the Angels.

But Martinez had never faced an Angels club featuring Guerrero, and the Angels had never seen such a performance in their 44-year history.

``I don't think I've ever seen a night like I saw tonight with Vlad Guerrero,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ``He hit different pitches, different locations. He got us on top every time.''

Boston manager Terry Francona removed Martinez before he could face Guerrero a fourth time, but Timlin, who'd yielded just one home run this season, was no match either, nor was Boston closer Keith Foulke, who gave up Guerrero's what-the-heck RBI single for a 10-7 lead in the seventh.

``I've got no words for that,'' said reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who pitched the ninth inning for the save in place of unavailable closer Troy Percival. ``That's why he's one of the best. Inside, outside, it doesn't matter. Pedro's Pedro, but Vladi's Vladi. What can I say?''

Percival, who has struggled mightily for a month, has an inflamed right elbow and had an MRI on Wednesday, which made him unavailable, but he expects to be ready today. Scioscia listed him as day-to-day.

Percival's bullpen mates Rodriguez, Scot Shields and Ramon Ortiz were three of several Angels to take prominent positions on the marquee below Guerrero.

Ortiz (2-4) contributed 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief, keeping the Red Sox's major league-leading offense off the scoreboard and the Angels in the game after starter Jarrod Washburn yielded nine hits and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Shortstop David Eckstein had a career-best 5-for-5 performance and scored four runs in stretching his hitting streak to 17 games, also a career high. And No. 2 hitter Chone Figgins had three hits and scored twice, combining with Eckstein to set the table nicely all night.

But it was Guerrero's ravenous appetite for RBI that commanded the spotlight.

He ripped hanging breaking balls from Martinez for the homer and double, and his sacrifice fly in the fourth brought the Angels within 7-5.

The Red Sox had built a 7-5 lead as Manny Ramirez ripped a homer off Washburn, and David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis each hit RBI doubles.

Guerrero, however, was up to the task of bringing the Angels back.

Eckstein's fourth single of the night started the sixth, and Figgins then drew a walk. Given Guerrero's success earlier off Martinez, Francona summoned Timlin.

Martinez trudged sullenly off the mound, perhaps aware Guerrero was about to make history.

He hit the second pitch from Timlin on a wicked line over the fence in left-center field for a three-run homer and an 8-7 lead. It was his eighth RBI, tying four others for the club record.

The sellout crowd coaxed him out for a curtain call.

Gabe Lacques, (626) 962-8811

gabe.lacques(at)sgvn.com

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