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Soriano sends Rangers past Angels in 11 after Rogers fiasco

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers didn't let Kenny Rogers' pregame tirade affect them.

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Alfonso Soriano's two-out RBI single in the 11th inning lifted the Rangers to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

"I'm happy with how the guys responded," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "It was an emotional dugout tonight. The guys never quit and kept competing. They kept their resolve."

Before the game, Rogers shoved two television cameramen on the field, sending one to the hospital in a videotaped tirade that included throwing a camera to the ground and threatening to break more.

The left-hander, recovering from a broken bone in his right pinkie sustained when he punched a water cooler after being taken out of a start two weeks ago, wasn't scheduled to pitch and was sent home by the club following the incidents.

The Rangers held a clubhouse meeting prior to the game to discuss Rogers, who leads the team with nine victories. After the game they lent their support to Rogers, who could face a suspension for the incidents.

"It's something we're going to keep in-house," said Gary Matthews Jr., who hit a two-run homer. "It's going to be between Kenny and the front office."

Mark Teixeira had a one-out infield single off Scot Shields (6-5) and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Soriano followed with a looping fly to short right field that fell between second baseman Adam Kennedy and right fielder Vladimir Guerrero to drive in Teixeira.

Kameron Loe (1-1) allowed one hit in two innings for his first major-league victory, one night after taking the loss in a 5-1 defeat.

"It was great to get in there and redeem myself after last night," Loe said. "Just to finally get us back on the right track was amazing."

The Rangers carried a 6-4 lead into the ninth and closer Francisco Cordero recorded the first two outs, but Jeff DaVanon doubled and Dallas McPherson hit a pinch homer on an 0-2 pitch to tie the game.

Cordero, who pitched a season-high two innings on Tuesday night, had his fourth blown save in 22 chances.

Michael Young had four hits for the Rangers.

Texas starter Ricardo Rodriguez allowed four runs and six hits over 7 2/3 innings in his fourth start of the season. He stuck out one and walked one, exiting with the Rangers leading 6-4.

Angels starter John Lackey struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, but he gave up six runs and eight hits.

Lackey, a Texas native, said he didn't have trouble with the 95-degree heat, but wished he hadn't thrown a high fastball to Matthews.

"Heat doesn't bother me," Lackey said. "I felt good and threw a lot of good pitches. But I made a mistake to Matthews. Give him credit. He hit it."

Guerrero went 3-for-5, including his 13th homer in the eighth that knocked Rodriguez out of the game.

The Rangers, who had lost eight of their previous nine, snapped a five-game losing streak to the Angels and moved within 7½ games of first-place Los Angeles in the AL West.

Chone Figgins of the Angels led off the game with a fly ball to right field that hit off Matthews' glove for an error. Figgins went to third on Guerrero's single and scored on Garret Anderson 's grounder. Maicer Izturis' two-run double made it 3-0.

Guerrero stretched his hitting streak to 30 games against the Rangers, the longest against one team since Paul Molitor had 32 straight against the Chicago White Sox from 1993-96.

After Izturis' double, Rodriguez retired 21 of the final 24 batters he faced.

Texas, which had scored six runs in its previous three games, took the lead with a four-run fifth on Teixeira's two-run double and RBI singles by Young and Hank Blalock.

Notes

  • Guerrero had his 1,500th hit with a single in the 10th.
  • The Rangers thought they had a solo homer from Soriano in the fourth. Soriano circled the bases on a ball that replays showed landing to the right of the right-field foul pole. Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out to argue and after the umpiring crew conferred, the ball was ruled foul.
  • Soriano snapped an 0-for-12 with a seventh-inning double.
  • The Angels have outscored the Rangers 18-1 in the first inning of their past six meetings.
  • Texas' David Dellucci drew three walks to give him a career-high 49 for the season.
 
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Texas' Kevin Mench awaits Mark Teixeira at home plate to give the Rangers a 7-6, 11-inning win. (AP)
Texas' Kevin Mench awaits Mark Teixeira at home plate to give the Rangers a 7-6, 11-inning win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

D. McPherson
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B5100001 .269
Darin Erstad, 1B4000102 .290
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5131001 .348
Garret Anderson, DH5101012 .306
Juan Rivera, LF5120010 .270
Maicer Izturis, SS5012001 .315
Jeff DaVanon, CF5110011 .245
Josh Paul, C2000000 .143
   a- Robb Quinlan, PH1000000 .169
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .235
   b- Dallas McPherson, PH1112000 .243
    Bengie Molina, C0000000 .292
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010000 .348
Totals42696138 
a-grounded out for Paul in the 7th
b-homered for Molina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (2, R. Rodriguez), Jeff DaVanon (6, Cordero)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (13, R. Rodriguez), Dallas McPherson (8, Cordero)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (42), Garret Anderson (58), Maicer Izturis 2 (6), Dallas McPherson 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (11), Maicer Izturis 2 (2), Dallas McPherson 2 (12)
Team LOB - 4
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 5.2866191 3.84
Jake Woods 0.2200100 2.22
Esteban Yan 1.2000210 3.69
Brendan Donnelly 2100020 3.65
Scot Shields (L,6-5) 0.2211010 2.61
IBB - Nix by Esteban Yan
HBP - Barajas (by John Lackey)
WP - Scot Shields (7)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 110-75, Jake Woods 22-12, Esteban Yan 33-20, Brendan Donnelly 34-22, Scot Shields 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 4-4, Jake Woods 2-0, Esteban Yan 2-2, Scot Shields 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 27, Jake Woods 5, Esteban Yan 7, Brendan Donnelly 7, Scot Shields 4
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, DH3110320 .256
Michael Young, SS6141011 .328
Mark Teixeira, 1B6222016 .288
Hank Blalock, 3B6011022 .287
Alfonso Soriano, 2B6021011 .277
Kevin Mench, LF5010021 .290
Laynce Nix, CF4000121 .244
Rod Barajas, C4110012 .260
Gary Matthews Jr., RF5212011 .239
Totals45713741315 
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (20, Lackey), Alfonso Soriano (23, Woods)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (3, Lackey)
RBI - Michael Young (39), Mark Teixeira 2 (60), Hank Blalock (46), Alfonso Soriano (49), Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (21), Mark Teixeira 2 (31), Hank Blalock (13), Alfonso Soriano (17), Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (6)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - R. Rodriguez-Soriano-Young-Teixeira
E - Gary Matthews Jr. (1, Misplayed fly ball)
Texas Rangers
Ricardo Rodriguez 7.2641111 3.65
Brian Shouse (H,6) 0.1000000 3.86
Francisco Cordero (BS,4) 1222011 3.78
Kameron Loe (W,1-1) 2100010 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Ricardo Rodriguez 104-67, Brian Shouse 4-2, Francisco Cordero 14-10, Kameron Loe 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricardo Rodriguez 15-7, Kameron Loe 4-1
Batters Faced - Ricardo Rodriguez 30, Brian Shouse 1, Francisco Cordero 5, Kameron Loe 7
Game Information
Attendance - 30112
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora