Trumbo's HR gives Angels dramatic win over RangersAug 19, 2011 - 5:59 AM Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers were one inning away from their first-ever four-game sweep at Angel Stadium, but Mike Adams surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo in the ninth to give Los Angeles a critical 2-1 win.
The rookie's dramatics brought the Angels within six games of the AL West- leading Rangers, who wasted seven strong innings from Colby Lewis.
"I've never seen [Adams], but I knew he threw a cutter, and that's what I was looking for. There was no doubt it had the distance. I wasn't sure it was going to be fair," said Trumbo.
Mike Napoli's seventh-inning homer off Jered Weaver was the difference before Adams stepped to the rubber in the ninth. The setup man was used because regular closer Neftali Feliz had pitched four of the previous five days.
Torii Hunter greeted Adams (1-2) with a leadoff single, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. Trumbo followed with a hard-hit line drive that stayed fair down the left-field line and found the seats, effectively snapping LA's five-game slide and the Rangers' six-game winning streak with one swing.
"Feliz wasn't available tonight, and we were comfortable with Mike," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Trumbo just happened to do it tonight. We didn't give it to them. They won it. Give them credit."
Horacio Ramirez (1-0) stranded a runner on second in the ninth to earn his first win since 2008.
Lewis took a no-decision despite allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out seven in his outing. Weaver was nearly as effective, giving up six hits and one walk over seven frames.
One of those hits was Napoli's moonshot into the rocks beyond the wall in left-center. Napoli and Weaver were teammates for their first five big-league seasons before the former was traded twice last offseason.
Bobby Abreu nearly broke the scoreless tie in the sixth, but his line drive caromed off the top of the wall in right-center, directly off the banner commemorating the Angels' division titles.
Hunter stranded Abreu on second by fouling out to first, and the hosts wasted Trumbo's leadoff single in the seventh. Trumbo also narrowly missed a home run, hitting one 10 feet left of the left-field foul pole.
Mark Lowe relieved Lewis in the eighth and retired the side in order.
Napoli has a 19-game hitting streak on the road and is hitting .385 since the All-Star break...Elvis Andrus had three of Texas' seven hits...Weaver's already microscopic earned run average fell to 2.10...The Rangers still lead the season series, 7-6...Trumbo leads the Angels in home runs (23) and RBI (68).
- TEXAS: 1
LOS ANGELES: 2
Aug 19 12:55 AM
- Mark Trumbo none-out, two-run Home Run (23) to left scored Torii Hunter to end the game.
Rangers 1, Angels 2 Bot 9, 0 OutsAug 19 12:55 AM
- Mike Napoli lead-off Home Run (20) to left center. David Murphy due up.
Rangers 1, Angels 0 Top 7, 0 OutsAug 18 11:56 PM
- TEXAS: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 18 10:07 PM
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