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Angels outlast Rangers in slugfest

Sep 20, 2008 - 5:08 AM By Randy Krone PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim proved why they are the best team in the American League West.

Despite blowing a seven-run lead, the Angels battled back to defeat the Texas Rangers, 15-13, on Friday in a game that featured 41 hits.

Scoring in each of the first five innings, the Angels pounded out a season-high 22 hits and took advantage of a pitching staff that surrendered double digits in runs for a major league-leading 26th time in 2008.

"That was something," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "This park is obviously hitter-friendly and you have to make pitches. The ball can really take off here, and if you don't make the pitch, the scoreboard is going to tell you about it."



Garret Anderson collected four hits and Torii Hunter added a home run and four RBI. Mark Teixeira, Erick Aybar and Mike Napoli chipped in with three hits apiece.

"That's baseball you know. It can be a crazy game and you saw it out there tonight," Aybar said.

Former Ranger Darren Oliver (6-1) notched his 100th career win despite allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Hunter started the slugfest in the first inning with a three-run homer - his 20th of the season - off Matt Harrison.

The Angels quickly added two runs in the second on back-to-back RBI doubles by Aybar and Anderson before taking a 7-0 lead on a solo home runs by Kendry Morales and Napoli, who finished a single shy of the cycle.

"I feel like I'm starting to figure it out and get in a bit of a groove," Napoli said. "It was a real slugfest tonight and I was aware of being a single short of the cycle, but it's more important that we got the win."



The Rangers took the lead with nine runs in the third off Jon Garland, who allowed 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings. But the Angels answered with a run in the fourth and five in the fifth.

The fifth-inning outburst was highlighted by a two-run double by Teixeira and RBI singles from Aybar and Gary Matthews Jr.

"I've been feeling good in the batting cage and it transferred on to the field tonight. I was patient, looking for good pitches and was able to hit what they threw tonight," Aybar said.



The Angels added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the win.

"We just couldn't stop them, we just couldn't hold off the onslaught," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

The combined 41 hits was a season-high for an American League game.

Josh Hamilton went 4-for-5 for the Rangers, who banged out 19 hits. Hamilton is hitting .426 (26-for-61) in September to raise his average to .307.

Texas' Milton Bradley was the only starter not to get a hit, going 0-for-5 while striking out four times.

Jamey Wright (7-7) took the loss, allowing five runs and six hits in one inning.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 3 2 2 1 5 0 1 1 0 15 22 1
    TEXAS 0 0 9 0 3 0 0 0 1 13 19 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LAA - JON GARLAND, DARREN OLIVER (3RD), KEVIN JEPSEN (5TH), JOSE
    ARREDONDO (7TH), SCOT SHIELDS (9TH) AND MIKE NAPOLI
    TEX - MATT HARRISON, JAMEY WRIGHT (4TH), KAMERO

    Sep 19 11:45 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (5) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF SCOT SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 15, TEXAS 13
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.281, 1-FOR-4)

    Angels 15, Rangers 13  Bot 9, 0 OutsSep 19 11:38 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY MIKE NAPOLI SCORED BRANDON WOOD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M NAPOLI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 15
    TEXAS 12 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: S RODRIGUEZ (.195, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Angels 15, Rangers 12  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 19 11:12 PM
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    roots
    McTool Added 5 roots

    Angels 14, Rangers 12  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 19 10:52 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED ERICK AYBAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ANDERSON ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 14
    TEXAS 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M TEIXEIRA (.358, 2-FOR-3, BB, 2 RBI)

    Angels 14, Rangers 12  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 19 10:51 PM
  • 5
    roots
    shopgirl Added 5 roots

    Angels 13, Rangers 12  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 19 10:43 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY KEVIN JEPSEN ALLOWED GERMAN DURAN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 13
    TEXAS 12 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.305, 2-FOR-3)

    Angels 13, Rangers 12  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 19 10:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY GERMAN DURAN SCORED GERALD LAIRD AND JOAQUIN
    ARIAS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G DURAN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 13
    TEXAS 11 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.305, 2-FOR-3)

    Angels 13, Rangers 11  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 19 10:22 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, G MATTHEWS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 13
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R QUINLAN (.261, 1-FOR-3)

    Angels 13, Rangers 9  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 19 10:09 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY TORII HUNTER SCORED ERICK AYBAR.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 12
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G MATTHEWS (.240, 1-FOR-3)

    Angels 12, Rangers 9  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 19 10:08 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED MIKE NAPOLI AND SEAN
    RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON SECOND, E AYBAR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 11
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: T HUNTER (.285, 2-FOR-2, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Angels 11, Rangers 9  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 19 10:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED KENDRY MORALES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E AYBAR ON FIRST, S RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, M
    NAPOLI ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 9
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.292, 3-FOR-3, RBI)

    Angels 9, Rangers 9  Top 5, 0 OutsSep 19 10:00 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GARY MATTHEWS HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING GARRET ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEIXEIRA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 8
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: R QUINLAN (.263, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 8, Rangers 9  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 19 9:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS DAVIS (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF JON GARLAND SCORED NELSON CRUZ AND GERALD
    LAIRD.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7, TEXAS 9
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J ARIAS (.284, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 7, Rangers 9  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 19 9:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED MARLON BYRD AND HANK BLALOCK.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, N CRUZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.281, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 7, Rangers 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 19 9:20 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HANK BLALOCK SCORED JOSH HAMILTON AND MILTON
    BRADLEY.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, H BLALOCK ON SECOND, M BYRD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.325, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 7, Rangers 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 19 9:19 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY GARY MATTHEWS ALLOWED MICHAEL YOUNG TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M BRADLEY ON FIRST, J HAMILTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.295, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 7, Rangers 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 19 9:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED JOAQUIN ARIAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.304, 1-FOR-1)

    Angels 7, Rangers 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 19 9:09 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE NAPOLI (18) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF MATT HARRISON.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 7, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: S RODRIGUEZ (.197, 1-FOR-1)

    Angels 7, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 19 8:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KENDRY MORALES (3) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF MATT HARRISON.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6, TEXAS 0
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M NAPOLI (.224, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 6, Rangers 0  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 19 8:56 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GARRET ANDERSON SCORED ERICK AYBAR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G ANDERSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 5
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: M TEIXEIRA (.352, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Angels 5, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 19 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED SEAN RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E AYBAR ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 4
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: G ANDERSON (.289, 1-FOR-1)

    Angels 4, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 19 8:37 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: LAA - JON GARLAND
    TEX - MATT HARRISON

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J ARIAS (.279, 0 HR, 5 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.276, 12 HR, 76 RBI)
    J HAMILTON (.303, 31 HR, 124 RBI)

    Angels 3, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 19 8:14 PM