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Angels beat Texas, move closer to AL West title

Sep 21, 2009 - 12:00 AM By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas(AP) -- Maybe John Lackey was already thinking about his plans for the evening.

Despite struggling through six innings, Lackey was good enough to pitch the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels closer to the postseason with a 10-5 victory Sunday over second-place Texas that stretched their division lead to 7 1/2 games with 13 to play.

"I was a little off. I stunk even in the bullpen. It was one of those days," said Lackey, the native Texan who was headed across the street for the Dallas Cowboys' home opener in their new stadium Sunday night. "But the boys took care of me for sure and I appreciate it."

Gary Matthews Jr. snapped out of his September slump with a tiebreaking homer and a two-run single, and Howie Kendrick drove in five runs with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple. Juan Rivera and Chone Figgins also homered for the Angels (89-60), who won two of three in the series.

"It's important to reach our first goal and today got us closer to that," manager Mike Scioscia said. "To beat the team chasing you is a positive."

Los Angeles is closing in on its third straight division title and fifth in six years. The last team to win the AL West three consecutive seasons was Oakland from 1988-90.

The Rangers (81-67), who last went to the playoffs 10 years ago, wrapped up a 2-7 homestand during which they had four shutout losses and dropped 2 1/2 games in the division standings.

"We're not mathematically out of it, but our chances aren't very good right now," Ian Kinsler said. "We had a rough homestand. We all knew that it was important. We just didn't play well."

Boston leads the Rangers by eight games in the AL wild-card race. Texas' loss also cleared the way for the New York Yankees to clinch a playoff berth, but they lost 7-1 at Seattle.

After scoring only four runs combined in its previous six games, Texas took a 3-0 lead in the first off Lackey (11-8), who had allowed only three earned runs in his previous four starts. But Los Angeles immediately responded with runs each time after the Rangers scored.

Lackey allowed five runs, four earned, in six innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

"He kept pitching," Scioscia said. "That's what makes him good."

Matthews was 1 for 13 in his seven games this month before a two-run single in the second that got Los Angeles to 3-2.

His baserunning mistake led to an inning-ending double play, when he started running on a fly ball thinking that there were already two outs. But he made up for that with his two-out solo homer in the sixth that broke a 5-all tie and chased rookie left-hander Derek Holland (7-12), who lost his fifth consecutive start.

"It's a bad play. That can't happen," Matthews said. "Luckily, it didn't come back to haunt us."

Kendrick's two-run homer tied the game earlier in the sixth. He finished with three hits and is batting .420 (34 of 81) in his last 20 games.

An inning later, after Los Angeles loaded the bases following two quick outs, Kendrick hit a liner that glanced off the stretched-out glove of center fielder Marlon Byrd and rolled to the wall.

Hank Blalock had an RBI single in the Texas first before a two-run single by Nelson Cruz, who was 3 for 30 in his previous nine games. David Murphy had a leadoff double and scored on Kinsler's sacrifice fly in the third, but Rivera's solo homer came in the fourth.

Byrd's RBI single in the fifth put Texas up 5-3, but the Angels homered twice in the following inning to go ahead for good.

NOTES: The first pitch was moved up 2 hours from the originally scheduled start time because of the Cowboys' game Sunday night at their adjacent new stadium. The 12:08 p.m. CDT start matched the earliest at Rangers Ballpark, in its 16th season. ... Lackey's 102nd victory with the Angels matched Frank Tanana for fourth on the team list. ... Angels starters have a 2.20 ERA over their last 22 games. ... Rangers 3B Michael Young acknowledged that he aggravated his strained left hamstring when he returned early. He has missed 15 of 16 games, with the only appearance since getting hurt on Sept. 1 being his one at-bat Tuesday. ... Rivera's 23 homers tie a career high.






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    Angels 10, Rangers 5  FinalSep 21 4:12 AM


  • Rangers 5, Angels 10 - FINAL
    LA ANGELS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    C Figgins 3b 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .295
    E Aybar ss 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .308
    T Hunter cf 4 1 0 0 1 2 4 .308
    V Guerrero dh 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 .299
    C Pettit pr-dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
    J Rivera lf 3 3 1 1 2 0 2 .291
    H Kendr

    Sep 20 4:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHONE FIGGINS (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF DOUG MATHIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 10, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: E AYBAR (.308, 2-FOR-4)

    Angels 10, Rangers 5  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 20 3:42 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY HOWIE KENDRICK SCORED JUAN RIVERA, VLADIMIR
    GUERRERO AND TORII HUNTER
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, H KENDRICK ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 9
    TEXAS 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.299, 1-FOR-3)

    Angels 9, Rangers 5  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 20 3:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GARY MATTHEWS JR. (4) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 6TH OFF DEREK HOLLAND.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 6, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J MATHIS (.208, 0-FOR-2)

    Angels 6, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 20 2:52 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY HOWIE KENDRICK (10) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 6TH OFF DEREK HOLLAND SCORED VLADIMIR
    GUERRERO.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 5, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: K MORALES (.299, 1-FOR-2)

    Angels 5, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 20 2:47 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARLON BYRD SCORED ELVIS ANDRUS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M BYRD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: H BLALOCK (.238, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Angels 3, Rangers 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 20 2:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JUAN RIVERA (23) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF DEREK HOLLAND.
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 3, TEXAS 4
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: H KENDRICK (.297, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 3, Rangers 4  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 20 2:08 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY IAN KINSLER SCORED DAVID MURPHY
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H BLALOCK ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.264, 1-FOR-1, 2 RBI)

    Angels 2, Rangers 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 20 2:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARY MATTHEWS JR. SCORED KENDRY MORALES AND JUAN
    RIVERA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G MATTHEWS JR. ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 2
    TEXAS 3 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR LA ANGELS: J MATHIS (.210, 5 HR, 26 RBI)

    Angels 2, Rangers 3  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 20 1:43 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED HANK BLALOCK AND DAVID MURPHY
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N CRUZ ON FIRST, I KINSLER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C DAVIS (.217, 19 HR, 50 RBI)

    Angels 0, Rangers 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 20 1:32 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HANK BLALOCK SCORED JULIO BORBON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H BLALOCK ON FIRST, D MURPHY ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.252, 29 HR, 79 RBI)

    Angels 0, Rangers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 20 1:27 PM