• My Scores
  • Golf
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NFL Draft

Texas at Anaheim

Scoreboard
Texas000000000060
L.A. Angels «40110000x6130

Angels rough up Rogers, win third in a row over Rangers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
  •  

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels weren't strutting after sweeping their closest pursuer in the AL West, and the Texas Rangers weren't as down as they might have been had this happened in September.

The Angels beat the Rangers 6-0 on Wednesday night as Jarrod Washburn combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and sent Kenny Rogers to his first loss in 10 decisions.

"It's not about getting in anybody's heads, or thinking you have anybody's number," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "This season wasn't going to be made or broke on this series.

"We're fortunate that we played well these three games, but that's a terrific club over there and they're going to be there all the way through. So there's a huge challenge ahead of us."

Juan Rivera and Bengie Molina homered for the defending AL West champions, who have won seven of nine this season against Texas. The Rangers are a season-worst 4½ games out of first following their 10th loss in 15 games.

"It's not discouraging at all for us," Texas catcher Rod Barajas said. "We didn't come in here a hot team, anyway. We weren't pitching that great and we weren't swinging the bat that great. We weren't at the top of our game this time, and they won the series. But it's just one series. The next time we play them, this will be in our minds and we'll go after them."

Texas' three starting pitchers in the series -- Rogers, Chan Ho Park and rookie Chris Young -- entered with a combined 22-6 record. Collectively, they surrendered 19 runs and 30 hits in 9 1/3 innings against the Angels.

"You can't put too much emphasis on statistics," Angels left fielder Garret Anderson said. "Yeah, we're playing good right now and they didn't hit like I know they're very capable of. But they're going to brush it off and move on, because we're going to see them next week at their place."

Washburn (4-3) allowed five hits over seven innings. He won for the first time in 11 starts at Anaheim since July 15. The left-hander had lost six straight decisions at Angel Stadium in that span.

"It feels good to win anytime, whether it's on the road or at home," Washburn said. "But it's been way too long since the last one here, so it definitely feels good -- especially against that team.

"They're an aggressive lineup with a group of very good hitters. I think we caught them at a very good time, with Michael Young at home for the birth of his kid. I hope all goes well with that, but I was happy he wasn't in the lineup the last couple of days."

One night after handing Park his first loss in seven decisions spanning 11 starts, the Angels sent Rogers (9-3) to his first defeat in 11 starts stretching back to Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over him on April 21. The nine consecutive wins were a career best for the left-hander, and three short of Bobby Witt's club record.

Rogers allowed six runs, 10 hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. It was his shortest start since July 10, 2004, when he lasted only 1 2/3 innings at Boston in a 14-6 loss that snapped another streak of eight straight winning decisions.

"He made mistakes and left some pitches over the plate," Barajas said. "When you're not an overpowering guy and you do that, you're going to get hurt. Kenny wasn't as sharp as usual and he gave up a lot more runs than he normally does. But that's not going to happen too often."

The Angels, who scored 11 first-inning runs during the series, took a 4-0 lead before Rogers could record his third out. They got five consecutive two-out hits, including Molina's RBI single and Rivera's three-run homer to left-center on an 0-2 pitch.

Molina led off the third with a homer to left-center. It was his sixth this season and fourth of his career against Rogers, who has been taken deep in four of his last five outings. He allowed one homer in his first 10 starts spanning 69 1/3 innings.

Rivera, getting the start in center field hours after Steve Finley was placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, chased Rogers in the fourth with a bases loaded RBI single that made it 6-0.

Darin Erstad was 0-for-2 with two walks, ending his career-best hitting streak -- and the longest in the majors this season -- at 21 games. He scored both times Rogers walked him.

"He really doesn't care because we won. That's the kind of guy he is," Washburn said. "He did his part to help us win and got a couple of walks to get things going. That's what he does. He loves to win and does whatever he had to do to help the team."

Notes

  • Vladimir Guerrero's two hits extended his hitting streak against the Rangers to 27 games, the longest by any active player against one team.
  • Angels SS Orlando Cabrera didn't start for the third straight game because of his sore right elbow.
  • Texas DH Marshall McDougall singled in the fifth for his first big league hit.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Angels starter Jarrod Washburn scatters five hits and strikes out three in seven innings.  (Getty Images)
Angels starter Jarrod Washburn scatters five hits and strikes out three in seven innings. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Washburn
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
Anaheim

J. Rivera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

CBSSports.com Shop

New Era Atlanta Braves MLB 2014 On-Field Clubhouse 39THIRTY Flex Ha

New Era Hats
Get your team now!
Shop Now

Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4010001 .250
Kevin Mench, LF3000111 .300
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010011 .295
Hank Blalock, 3B4020002 .285
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4000024 .289
Richard Hidalgo, RF4010001 .221
Rod Barajas, C3000001 .246
Mark DeRosa, SS3000000 .150
Marshall McDougall, DH3010010 .250
Totals320601511 
Fielding
DP - Brocail-Soriano-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Kenny Rogers (L,9-3) 3.11066302 2.46
Doug Brocail 2.2200010 4.26
Juan Dominguez 1100000 1.29
Francisco Cordero 1000010 3.77
HBP - Kennedy (by Kenny Rogers)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 80-45, Doug Brocail 30-20, Juan Dominguez 20-13, Francisco Cordero 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 6-4, Doug Brocail 2-4, Juan Dominguez 2-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 24, Doug Brocail 9, Juan Dominguez 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5000004 .278
Darin Erstad, 1B3200200 .298
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5020001 .340
Garret Anderson, LF5110012 .311
Bengie Molina, DH3232100 .307
Juan Rivera, CF4124011 .252
Jose Molina, C4020003 .270
Maicer Izturis, SS4020004 .257
Adam Kennedy, 2B3010002 .336
Totals3661363217 
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (13, Rogers), Maicer Izturis (1, Rogers)
3B - Maicer Izturis (3, Dominguez)
HR - Bengie Molina (6, Rogers), Juan Rivera (5, Rogers)
RBI - Bengie Molina 2 (28), Juan Rivera 4 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (12), Juan Rivera 3 (8)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Kennedy-Izturis-Erstad
Los Angeles Angels
Jarrod Washburn (W,4-3) 7500130 3.35
Joel Peralta 1100010 0.66
Esteban Yan 1000010 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 95-63, Joel Peralta 13-10, Esteban Yan 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 6-11, Esteban Yan 2-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 26, Joel Peralta 4, Esteban Yan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41763
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether