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Guerrero carries Angels past Rangers

Apr 4, 2007 - 6:41 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Vladimir Guerrero did not meet a pitch he didn't like.

Guerrero went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim posted an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in the second of a three-game series.

Guerrero opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning, then delivered a solo homer off Texas starter Vincente Padilla two frames later as the Angels took a 3-1 edge.

"Vlad can hit any team, and he's a very special offensive player," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. "Vlad is so consistent and a competitor. He got his pitches and hit the ball hard every time."

"I can't walk Vlad every at-bat," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We tried to throw the ball out of the zone, but he hit it and then we tried to throw the ball in the zone and he hit it. The guys is just a monster."

In the fifth, Orlando Cabrera and Guerrero stroked back-to-back one-run singles before Casey Kotchman's RBI single pushed the lead to 6-2 and chased Padilla (0-1).

Anaheim starter Kelvim Escobar (1-0) gave up three hits and three runs with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 frames.

"I felt like I pitched a good game, but I was a little rusty with my mechanics," Escobar said. "I also was pumped up since it was my first game of the year, but we won and that's all that matters to me."

Former Ranger Gary Matthews Jr. plated a runner in the sixth with a single and Howie Kendrick added an RBI base hit one frame later.

Padilla, who signed a lucrative three-year contract this winter to stay with Texas, was tagged for nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"I thought that Padilla pitched a good game, and he pitched good enough to keep us in the ballgame," Washington said. "We know he's going to pitch well and keep us in almost every game he goes out there for us."

Ian Kinsler homered for the second time in as many games and speedy Kenny Lofton drove in a run for the Rangers.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 4 2
    LA ANGELS 2 0 1 0 3 1 1 0 x 8 13 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TEX - VICENTE PADILLA, SCOTT FELDMAN (5TH), C.J. WILSON (6TH), BRUCE
    CHEN (8TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
    LAA - KELVIM ESCOBAR, HECTOR CARRASCO (6TH), DARREN
    OLIVER (6TH),

    Apr 4 1:23 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED SHEA HILLENBRAND.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H KENDRICK ON FIRST, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    LA ANGELS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.200, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Apr 4 1:01 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED SHEA HILLENBRAND.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H KENDRICK ON FIRST, C KOTCHMAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    LA ANGELS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.200, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 4 1:01 AM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 4 2
    LA ANGELS 2 0 1 0 3 1 7 10 1 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TEX - C.J. WILSON
    LAA - JUSTIN SPEIER

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: S HILLENBRAND (.143, 0-FOR-3)
    C KOTCHMAN (.600, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)
    H KENDRICK (.143, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 4 12:56 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS JR SCORED MAICER IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G MATTHEWS JR ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    LA ANGELS 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: O CABRERA (.429, 2-FOR-3)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 4 12:40 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY KENNY LOFTON SCORED HANK BLALOCK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, G LAIRD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    LA ANGELS 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: F CATALANOTTO (.000, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 4 12:21 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CASEY KOTCHMAN SCORED VLADIMIR GUERRERO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C KOTCHMAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    LA ANGELS 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.167, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 4 12:00 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED ORLANDO CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, V GUERRERO ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    LA ANGELS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.167, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 3 11:52 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY NELSON CRUZ ALLOWED GARY MATTHEWS JR TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O CABRERA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: V GUERRERO (.600, 2-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 3 11:51 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY HOWIE KENDRICK ALLOWED IAN KINSLER TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, F CATALANOTTO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M TEIXEIRA (.250, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 3 11:41 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 1 0 1 3 1
    LA ANGELS 2 0 1 0 3 5 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TEX - VICENTE PADILLA
    LAA - KELVIM ESCOBAR

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.000, 0-FOR-1)
    I KINSLER (.400, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)
    K LOFTON (.400, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 3 11:28 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    0 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF VICENTE PADILLA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1, LA ANGELS 3
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.200, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 3 11:10 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY IAN KINSLER (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF KELVIM ESCOBAR.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1, LA ANGELS 2
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: K LOFTON (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 3 11:03 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 0 1 1
    LA ANGELS 2 2 2 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TEX - VICENTE PADILLA
    LAA - KELVIM ESCOBAR

    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.333, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    M IZTURIS (.333, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    G MATTHEWS JR (.333,

    Apr 3 10:51 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY VICENTE PADILLA ALLOWED ORLANDO CABRERA TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G ANDERSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    LA ANGELS 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: S HILLENBRAND (.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 3 10:38 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VLADIMIR GUERRERO SCORED GARY MATTHEWS JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V GUERRERO ON FIRST, O CABRERA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rangers vs. AngelsApr 3 10:32 PM