08/22/07 3:15 AM ET
Anderson's 10 RBIs spark Halos' rout
Veteran sets club records for RBIs in game, career grand slams
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
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|The Angels' Garret Anderson is just the sixth player since 1969 to log 10 or more RBIs in a Major League game:|
|12||Mark Whiten||STL||Sept. 7, 1993|
|10||Garret Anderson||LAA||Aug. 21, 2007|
|10||Alex Rodriguez||NYY||April 26, 2005|
|10||Nomar Garciaparra||BOS||May 10, 1999|
|10||Fred Lynn||BOS||June 18, 1975|
|10||Reggie Jackson||OAK||June14, 1969|
|Whiten holds the MLB record along with Jim Bottomley, who originally set the mark on Sept. 16, 1924 with St. Louis (NL). The Yankees' Tony Lazzeri set the American League record with 11 RBIs on May 24, 1936.|
Anderson improved to eight homers and 50 RBIs this season with his career-best performance."Garret's been swinging a lot better his last 30, 40 at-bats," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was overdue. An incredible night for Garrett -- you can't do any better than Garret did tonight." The last player to produce 10 RBIs in an AL game was the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez on April 26, 2005 -- against the Angels. A-Rod unloaded homers No. 41 and 42, solo shots, and raised his season RBI total to 121 in a losing cause. Their sixth win in eight meetings this season with the Bronx Bombers assures the Angels of a fourth consecutive series win against the club they erased from postseason business in 2002 and 2005. The Angels are 38-32 against the Yanks in the Scioscia era, starting in 2000. That doesn't include their 6-3 edge in postseason play over manager Joe Torre and his celebrated troupe of millionaires. The night was not without an element of concern, however. Chone Figgins departed in the third inning after spraining his left wrist while checking his swing on ball four by reliever Ron Villone. Figgins, the Majors' leading hitter with a .399 average since May 31, had just missed driving in at least two runs with a shot that missed the left-field foul line by inches. His walk forced in a run, and Figgins cruised home on Anderson's three-run blast before yielding third base to Robb Quinlan at the start of the fourth inning. Figgins, whose nine-game hitting streak ended with two walks and strikeout, was listed as day-to-day after being examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum. He is to be re-examined on Wednesday. So good was the offense, Escobar was able to endure a rare off night, bagging a win while yielding five earned runs in six innings. Marc Gwyn, in his second Major League appearance, pitched the final three innings, giving up a three-run homer to Betemit in the ninth. After the game, Gwyn was returned to Triple-A Salt Lake as infielder Brandon Wood was recalled as protection against Figgins being out. Escobar issued a solo homer to A-Rod in the second and was still leading after a four-run Yankees third featuring Bobby Abreu's two-run double. Mussina struggled from the outset, walking Figgins and Orlando Cabrera in the first. Figgins stole his 34th base, then he and Cabrera pranced home when Anderson bounced a double between the bag and first baseman Andy Phillips, into the right-field corner. The Angels jumped all over Mussina in the second. Maicer Izturis (three hits, four runs scored) singled and took third on a double by Howie Kendrick (four hits, three runs) halfway up the center-field wall. Both scored when Jeff Mathis lashed the first of his two doubles, giving the catcher five RBIs in two nights against the Bronx Bombers. Guerrero lashed a two-out double into the left-field corner, joining Anderson as the only Angels to put together four 100-RBI seasons. Anderson followed with a bullet to the right-center-field gap for another double and RBI, and he raced home on Gary Matthews Jr.'s line single to left. Mussina was done, having yielded seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. But the Garret Anderson Show was just getting started.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.