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Jones helps Rangers beat Angels 8-5

Jul 8, 2009 - 6:59 AM By SOLANGE REYNER Associated Press Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif.(AP) -- Michael Young created an opening with his speed. Andruw Jones and the rest of the Texas Rangers lineup took over from there.

Jones hit a three-run homer off John Lackey after Young reached on a two-out infield single, leading to a big fifth inning in the Rangers' 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Hank Blalock scored on a wild pitch and Jarrod Saltalamacchia added a two-run single in the inning, when Texas erased the Angels' 3-0 lead. All the runs came with two out.

"I think it all started when Mike beat out the infield hit and Jonesey did some homework on his previous two at-bats," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Juan Rivera hit two solo homers and Chone Figgins drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which dropped into a tie with Texas for the top spot in the AL West. The teams play again Wednesday night.

Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero left in the eighth inning with a strained muscle behind his left knee. He recently returned to right field after serving as the designated hitter while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

Guerrero fielded a single by Elvis Andrus and was about to make a throw when it looked like he stepped awkwardly on his left leg. He fell to his hands and knees, but got up and walked around before trainers came out to look at his left knee. He walked off the field on his own and was replaced by Gary Matthews Jr.

"This will obviously be a setback if he's not able to get back into the lineup quickly, but we're going to take it one step at a time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "How long it takes for Vlad to heal is how long it takes. There's not a lot we can do at this point. We're going to have to evaluate him and see."

Lackey was working on a shutout before Texas got to him in the fifth. He retired the first two batters before Young hit a chopper up the middle on a 3-2 pitch and beat shortstop Erick Aybar's throw to first in a close play.

"We caught a break," Young said. "It wasn't like I had a good at-bat. He made a really good pitch down on the zone, I just chopped it off the plate and just ran. After that, guys strung together some decent at-bats."

Josh Hamilton then singled and Jones hit Lackey's next pitch over the wall in center, tying it at 3. Hank Blalock followed with a double and Lackey walked Marlon Byrd and David Murphy to load the bases.

The right-hander continued to struggle with his control, uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Blalock to score and surrendering Saltalamacchia's two-run single.

"They're a good offensive club, and if you miss your spots, they're going to let you know," Scioscia said. "It's something that is unusual, especially with John out there. He usually finishes off innings pretty well, but he wasn't able to do it tonight."

Lackey wasn't worried about the outing.

"We're in first place. Let's not jump off a bridge," Lackey said. "They're playing good. I mean, they've obviously played well against us. They've got a good lineup, they're pitching better and playing better defense, so that's definitely going to keep them around a little longer."

The Rangers tacked on two more runs in the eighth. Ian Kinsler had an RBI double and Young added a sacrifice fly that made it 8-4.

Dustin Nippert, who had been sidelined with a strained right shoulder, lasted just 3 2-3 innings for Texas in his first start of the season. He allowed three runs and seven hits.

Figgins made it 1-0 with an RBI single in the third. Rivera hit a leadoff drive in the fourth and Aybar had a run-scoring single.

Derek Holland (3-5), the second of six Rangers pitchers, tossed two innings to get the win.

NOTES: Julio Borbon was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Nippert. Brandon McCarthy was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Nippert on the 40-man roster. ... Guerrero will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 8 14 1
    LA ANGELS 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 5 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TEX - DUSTIN NIPPERT, DEREK HOLLAND (4TH), JASON JENNINGS (6TH),
    DARREN O'DAY (7TH), C.J. WILSON (7TH), FRANK FRANCISCO (9TH)
    AND JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA
    LAA - JOHN

    Jul 8 1:32 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JUAN RIVERA (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF FRANK FRANCISCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8, LA ANGELS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.284, 1-FOR-4)

    Rangers 8, Angels 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 8 1:31 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED ELVIS ANDRUS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 8
    LA ANGELS 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.263, 3-FOR-4)

    Rangers 8, Angels 4  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 8 1:05 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, E ANDRUS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 7
    LA ANGELS 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.313, 1-FOR-4)

    Rangers 7, Angels 4  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 8 1:03 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CHONE FIGGINS SCORED MAICER IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C FIGGINS ON FIRST, E AYBAR ON SECOND, M
    NAPOLI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 6
    LA ANGELS 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: B ABREU (.303, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rangers 6, Angels 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 8 12:26 AM
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    Rangers 6, Angels 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 8 12:03 AM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA SCORED MARLON BYRD AND
    DAVID MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J SALTALAMACCHIA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 6
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: E ANDRUS (.266, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 6, Angels 3  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 8 12:01 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JOHN LACKEY ALLOWED HANK BLALOCK TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, M BYRD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 4
    LA ANGELS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SALTALAMACCHIA (.243, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 4, Angels 3  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 8 12:01 AM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ANDRUW JONES (11) TO CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JOHN LACKEY SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG AND JOSH
    HAMILTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3, LA ANGELS 3
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.244, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers 3, Angels 3  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 7 11:57 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERICK AYBAR SCORED MAICER IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E AYBAR ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    LA ANGELS 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: C FIGGINS (.312, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Rangers 0, Angels 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 7 11:48 PM


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    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JUAN RIVERA (15) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF DUSTIN NIPPERT.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0, LA ANGELS 2
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.287, 1-FOR-1)

    Rangers 0, Angels 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 7 11:42 PM


  • AL
    AT LA ANGELS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHONE FIGGINS SCORED ERICK AYBAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C FIGGINS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    LA ANGELS 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: B ABREU (.302, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Rangers 0, Angels 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 7 11:28 PM
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    Rangers vs. AngelsJul 5 4:46 PM