Garland Pitches Angels to Win

Right-hander retires 18 of the last 19 and Matthews drives home pair
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2008 6:58 PM CDT
Los Angeles Angels closing pitcher Francisco Rodriguez celebrates a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles after a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
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(Newser) – Jon Garland pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, Gary Matthews Jr. drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 today with slumping slugger Vladimir Guerrero on the bench. Only four Orioles reached base against Garland (4-3), who retired 18 of his last 19 batters. It was the first time he got through the seventh since his Angels debut on April 1.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save, breaking a tie with Baltimore's George Sherrill for the major league lead. Los Angeles pulled ahead 2-1 with a pair of runs in the seventh against Daniel Cabrera (2-1). The right-hander plunked No. 9 hitter Brandon Wood on the shoulder with one out, then walked Chone Figgins before giving up an RBI single by Reggie Willits.