Orlando Cabrera hit the first pitch of the 10th inning for a home run, an inning after Darin Erstad's game-tying leadoff homer off Francisco Cordero, and the Angels won 7-6 Monday in the home opener for Texas.
"When you battle back and come back and win a game, I don't think you ever feel like you stole one," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We came back against one of the best closers in baseball and that makes us feel good."
The Angels came back from a 6-2 deficit against a Texas bullpen missing its top two setup men. And Cordero, who allowed just one homer in 67 appearances last season, pitched for the third straight day.
Erstad, with just 11 homers over 753 at-bats the past two seasons, was down 0-2 after fouling a 98-mph pitch off his hands. But Cordero then hung a slider.
"What can I say? We've got good pitchers, but we're going through a rough time," said Cordero, who has two blown saves among his four chances.
Cordero struck out two batters to get out of the ninth, but didn't return in the 10th because he saved the previous two games. Cabrera homered off R.A. Dickey (0-1).
The Angels and Texas have played four of their seven games against each other. All were one-run games, Los Angeles winning two of three at home last week.
All three Texas wins, and three of its losses, were by one run.
"I don't look at seven games as telling what we are. I feel good about this club," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "There are too many games. We can't let these create a mind-set. And our guys won't."
Texas was in playoff contention until the 158th game last season, an 11-inning home loss that was their third straight to the Angels, who went on to win the AL West.
But this season is just a week old.
"We expect the West to be won at the end of September, as usual," said shortstop Michael Young, the only Ranger with hits in every game.
The Rangers broke out the big bats early, but only had two of their 14 hits the final 4 2/3 innings against three relievers.
Barajas broke a 2-all tie when he homered with two outs in the fourth. Blalock's homer led off the fifth before Chad Allen had an RBI single and another run scored on Chris Bootcheck's wild pitch.
All three Texas homers came off Jarrod Washburn, who gave up six runs on 12 hits with three walks over 5 1/3 innings. He threw six shutout innings against the Rangers last week.
An out after Soriano's 23rd career leadoff homer and third homer this season, Young tripled into the right field corner and Mark Teixeira singled for a 2-0 lead.
Garret Anderson had a two-out, two-run single in the third to tie the game. The Angels didn't score again until the seventh when Steve Finley had a leadoff double and scored on Lou Merloni's sacrifice fly, making it 6-3.
Finley had a two-run double in the eighth, which ended with pitch-hitter Jeff DaVanon being called out at first, even though replays showed pitcher Doug Brocail didn't have his foot on the base while taking the throw from second baseman Soriano. Scioscia argued to no avail.
Kenny Rogers pitched seven solid innings in his 500th appearance (224th start) for Texas, the team for which he is in the second season of his third stint. The 40-year-old left-hander limited the Angels to three runs on eight hits.
Before the game, the widow of Johnny Oates helped unveil the former manager's No. 26 jersey on the left field wall. The Rangers will retire the number in a ceremony later this season.
Oates, who managed the Rangers to their only three AL West titles (1996, 1998 and 1999), died Dec. 24 from a brain tumor that had been discovered more than three years earlier.
- Cordero converted a record 49 of 54 saves for Texas last season.
- Blalock homered in the home opener for the third straight year. He was 3-for-5, and is 9-for-21 since starting the season 0-for-10.
- Teixeira walked twice on his 25th birthday.
- Texas is 17-17 in home openers, 5-7 at its current stadium.