Anaheim at Texas

Final 10th
W: S. Shields (2-0) L: R. Dickey (0-1)
S: F. Rodriguez (2)
HR: ANA - D. Erstad (1), O. Cabrera (1)   TEX - A. Soriano (3), R. Barajas (1), H. Blalock (2)

Cabrera's homer in 10th lifts Angels over Rangers

CBS wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels are already spoiling things for the Texas Rangers this season.

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.

After Scot Shields (2-0) allowed just one hit over two innings, including a perfect ninth against the heart of the Texas lineup, Francisco Rodriguez got his second save in as many chances.

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.

Alfonso Soriano hit a leadoff home run before Rod Barajas and Hank Blalock also had solo homers in the first five innings for a 5-2 lead.

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.
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Back East, his former team collects rings; out West, Orlando Cabrera smacks a game-winning homer. (AP)
Back East, his former team collects rings; out West, Orlando Cabrera smacks a game-winning homer. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Barajas
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Garret Anderson, LF5132001 .355
Juan Rivera, DH5010013 .286
Orlando Cabrera, SS4221101 .217
Steve Finley, CF5122001 .148
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2B - Orlando Cabrera (1, Rogers), Steve Finley 2 (2, Rogers, Shouse)
HR - Darin Erstad (1, Cordero), Orlando Cabrera (1, Dickey)
SF - Lou Merloni (1)
RBI - Darin Erstad (3), Garret Anderson 2 (7), Orlando Cabrera (3), Steve Finley 2 (4), Lou Merloni (1)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (6), Steve Finley 2 (3)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Cabrera-Figgins-Erstad, Figgins-Erstad, Figgins-Cabrera-Erstad
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn 5.11266313 4.76
Chris Bootcheck 1.2000100 0.00
Scot Shields (W,2-0) 2100020 3.38
Francisco Rodriguez (S,2) 1100030 0.00
IBB - Teixeira by Chris Bootcheck
WP - Jarrod Washburn (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 95-60, Chris Bootcheck 25-14, Scot Shields 31-19, Francisco Rodriguez 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 7-6, Chris Bootcheck 3-2, Scot Shields 1-2
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 29, Chris Bootcheck 6, Scot Shields 6, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Texas Rangers
Alfonso Soriano, 2B5121002 .229
Hank Blalock, 3B5131010 .310
Michael Young, SS5110003 .323
Mark Teixeira, 1B3111210 .156
Richard Hidalgo, RF5110014 .276
Kevin Mench, LF5000012 .182
Chad Allen, DH3021100 .364
   a- David Dellucci, PH-DH1010000 .375
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5000014 .200
Rod Barajas, C4131111 .364
a-singled for Allen in the 10th
2B - Richard Hidalgo (2, Washburn)
3B - Michael Young (1, Washburn)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (3, Washburn), Hank Blalock (2, Washburn), Rod Barajas (1, Washburn)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (4), Hank Blalock (3), Mark Teixeira (3), Chad Allen (1), Rod Barajas (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chad Allen (1), Rod Barajas (1)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Young-Soriano-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Kenny Rogers 7833110 2.77
Ryan Bukvich (H,1) 0.2122100 9.00
Brian Shouse0100000 10.13
Doug Brocail (H,2) 0.1000100 2.25
Francisco Cordero (BS,2) 1211021 4.15
R.A. Dickey (L,0-1) 1111011 8.31
IBB - Guerrero by Kenny Rogers
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 95-52, Ryan Bukvich 20-14, Brian Shouse 2-2, Doug Brocail 12-7, Francisco Cordero 18-14, R.A. Dickey 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 7-12, Ryan Bukvich 1-1, Doug Brocail 1-0, R.A. Dickey 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 29, Ryan Bukvich 4, Brian Shouse 1, Doug Brocail 2, Francisco Cordero 5, R.A. Dickey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50054
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor