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Angles win fifth straight game with rally past Rangers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Down, yet never quite out could be the Los Angeles Angels' motto this season.

Pinch-hitter Jose Molina drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single in a four-run seventh inning and the Angels rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Wednesday night, their fifth straight victory.

The Angels increased their lead in the AL West to 2½ games over Oakland, which lost 10-4 to Minnesota.

It was their 39th comeback win of the season, engineered by some bench players. The Angels scored all their runs in the seventh with two outs.

"That was a great win for us," Robb Quinlan said. "We can never let down, even though it's 2½. Oakland is a team that can get on a roll real quick. We got to keep it going."

Quinlan, Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera all singled before Vladimir Guerrero walked to set up Molina, who batted for cleanup hitter Casey Kotchman.

"We got confidence in what we can do," Molina said. "It's going to help us, too, because being down three runs and coming back is going to give us a lift for the next games."

Esteban Yan (1-1) got the victory, retiring Alfonso Soriano -- the only batter he faced -- on a flyout in the seventh.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 45 chances.

Scott Feldman (0-1) faced two batters and took the loss, allowing one run, one hit and a walk.

"I really liked the way we had good situational hitting towards the back end of the game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Jose Molina, I don't know if he's had a bigger hit for us this year. That was huge."

The Angels closed to 5-4 on a bases-loaded, two-run single by Cabrera off Feldman with two outs in the seventh.

"We tried everything," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "They had two groundballs that found holes and Cabrera centered a ball. It was a good win for them and a tough loss for us."

Feldman intentionally walked Guerrero, then turned things over to left-hander Brian Shouse. Molina singled up the middle on the second pitch, putting Los Angeles ahead 6-5.

Molina chugged toward first base, pumping his right arm in a rare display of emotion.

"It is emotional," he said. "Coming from the bench, you don't have the chance to play or show your skills every day. They give you the chance to do something to help the team and you did it, that's an amazing feeling."

Michael Young extended his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games with his 23rd homer off Brendan Donnelly in the seventh, extending Texas' lead to 5-2.

Hank Blalock, who went 0-for-4 Tuesday, hit his 25th homer, giving Texas a 4-2 lead in the sixth.

After Kevin Mench reached on an error by shortstop Cabrera, starter John Lackey issued consecutive walks to Jason Botts and Rod Barajas to load the bases. He was replaced by Donnelly, who struck out Gary Matthews Jr. to end the inning.

The Angels went up 1-0 in the first on an RBI groundout by Cabrera.

Texas scored twice in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead on a fielder's choice by Mench and a double by Adrian Gonzalez.

Los Angeles tied the score in the bottom half on Juan Rivera's run-scoring grounder.

Rangers starter Kameron Loe left in the fourth after being struck in the head by Guerrero's line drive.

Loe instinctively crouched and put up his glove to shield his face, but the ball hit him in the head and caromed to shortstop Young, who caught it on the fly.

A preliminary exam of Loe in the Rangers' clubhouse showed nothing wrong, and a CT scan taken at a hospital didn't show any problems.

"It's swollen a little bit right now and a little bit tender, but I wouldn't even say I'm hurt," he said after the game. "My head was clear, I knew exactly what was going on the whole time, so I definitely was fighting it a little bit because I wanted to stay in."

Loe gave up one run and two hits in 3 1/3 innings, struck out one and walked none. He was replaced by Josh Rupe.

Notes

  • Guerrero has hit safely in all of his 33 career games against the Rangers.
  • Angels LF Garret Anderson didn't start because of a stiff back, which caused him to leave in the ninth inning Tuesday.
  • The Rangers have hit a major-league-leading 254 homers this season.
  • Angels RHP Scot Shields made his club-record 73rd appearance in the eighth.
 
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Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez celebrates his 40th save of the season in the win over Texas. (AP)
Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez celebrates his 40th save of the season in the win over Texas. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

J. Molina
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5000034 .256
Michael Young, SS4111120 .328
Mark Teixeira, 1B5230001 .298
Hank Blalock, 3B4122022 .269
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4000003 .273
Kevin Mench, RF-LF4101010 .271
Adrian Gonzalez, DH4021021 .222
Jason Botts, LF2000102 .333
    Mark DeRosa, RF1000000 .268
Rod Barajas, C2000200 .254
    Esteban German, PR0000000 .000
Totals3558541013 
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (7, Lackey)
HR - Michael Young (23, Donnelly), Hank Blalock (25, Lackey)
RBI - Michael Young (84), Hank Blalock 2 (89), Kevin Mench (71), Adrian Gonzalez (16)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (3)
SB - Esteban German (1, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Rod Barajas (9, )
Texas Rangers
Kameron Loe 3.1211010 3.39
Josh Rupe 1.2111130 4.05
Joaquin Benoit (H,3) 1.2111120 3.84
C.J. Wilson0222000 7.15
Scott Feldman (L,0-1)0111100 1.08
Brian Shouse (BS,2) 0.1100010 5.62
Doug Brocail 1200020 5.69
IBB - Guerrero by Scott Feldman
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 53-33, Josh Rupe 34-20, Joaquin Benoit 29-21, C.J. Wilson 3-3, Scott Feldman 6-1, Brian Shouse 7-4, Doug Brocail 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 7-2, Josh Rupe 2-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-2, Doug Brocail 1-0
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 12, Josh Rupe 7, Joaquin Benoit 7, C.J. Wilson 2, Scott Feldman 2, Brian Shouse 2, Doug Brocail 5
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF-2B5220012 .288
Orlando Cabrera, SS4113000 .261
Vladimir Guerrero, RF2010200 .320
Casey Kotchman, DH2100100 .260
   a- Jose Molina, PH-DH1012000 .228
Darin Erstad, 1B4010024 .276
Juan Rivera, LF4001020 .269
Bengie Molina, C4120011 .288
Maicer Izturis, 3B2000010 .246
   b- Jeff DaVanon, PH1000011 .234
    Steve Finley, CF1010000 .218
Adam Kennedy, 2B2000000 .300
   c- Robb Quinlan, PH-3B2110012 .226
Totals3461063910 
a-singled for Kotchman in the 7th
b-struck out for Izturis in the 7th
c-singled for Kennedy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Darin Erstad (30, Rupe), Steve Finley (19, Brocail)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 3 (53), Jose Molina 2 (21), Juan Rivera (50)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (20), Jose Molina 2 (7)
SB - Chone Figgins (54, 3rd base off Loe/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Erstad
E - Orlando Cabrera (6, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
John Lackey 5.2744341 3.55
Brendan Donnelly 0.2111011 3.69
Jason Christiansen 0.1000010 5.28
Esteban Yan (W,1-1) 0.1000000 4.15
Scot Shields (H,30) 1000020 2.96
Francisco Rodriguez (S,40) 1000120 2.60
WP - John Lackey (18), Francisco Rodriguez (8)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 112-66, Brendan Donnelly 12-8, Jason Christiansen 4-3, Esteban Yan 5-2, Scot Shields 16-9, Francisco Rodriguez 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 10-3, Scot Shields 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 27, Brendan Donnelly 3, Jason Christiansen 1, Esteban Yan 1, Scot Shields 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37776
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Bill Hohn