Texas at Anaheim

L.A. Angels
W: E. Santana (12-5) L: J. Koronka (7-7)
HR: TEX - None   ANA - T. Salmon (7), J. Rivera (19)

Rivera, Anderson power Angels back into second place

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers weren't about to let Vladimir Guerrero beat them, so Juan Rivera and Garret Anderson did instead.

Rivera homered and drove in four runs, Anderson had three RBI, and the Los Angeles Angels ended a three-game skid with a 10-3 victory over Texas on Saturday. Tim Salmon also homered for the two-time defending AL West champs, who climbed back over the Rangers into second place in the division.

Guerrero, who had hit safely in all of his previous 44 games against the Rangers, walked his first four times up to tie a franchise record -- including three intentional passes. The 2003 AL MVP and eight-time All-Star has been intentionally walked 16 times this season and 186 times in his 11-year career.

"It's not frustrating at all," Guerrero said through a translator. "I mean, it's part of the game. It's happened to me before."

Texas manager Buck Showalter is not shy when it comes to intentional walks. When he was managing the Arizona Diamondbacks, he ordered one to Barry Bonds with the bases loaded.

"It's tough to put anyone on a level with Bonds," Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We put Guerrero on base and took our chances. That was the strategy we chose to go with today. We didn't stop him -- I mean, he scored twice. "

Reliever C.J. Wilson pitched to Guerrero in the eighth with first base occupied, and Mark DeRosa made a twisting catch in the right field corner while falling down after misjudging the ball.

"Playing right field, I know the ball carries pretty good during the day," Guerrero said. "I hit the ball fairly well, but I didn't expect it to carry that much. When I saw DeRosa going back on it and turn his back, I wasn't sure where the ball was. But I know he had a good jump. If it dropped, fine. If it didn't, it doesn't matter -- because we were still winning."

Ervin Santana (12-5) allowed three runs and five hits over eight innings, matching his win total as a rookie last season. The right-hander struck out five and walked three.

John Koronka (7-7) allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.80 ERA in his last eight road starts since beating the Angels and Seattle back-to-back April 18-23. He gave up two of the three walks to Guerrero, who has one hit in three career at-bats against him.

"The way he's hit against us, it was the right move," Koronka said. "Once you're between the lines, you're doing whatever you can to win the game. But whatever the decision is, my focus is to get the guy out that I'm supposed to get out. But I didn't do my job.

"I gave up three hard hits and they were at the wrong time. That killed me. Giving up seven runs in four innings is not acceptable. I'm better than that, and I've got to do better than that."

Salmon, the last Angels player to get four walks in a game back on Aug. 30, 2001 at Kansas City, opened the scoring in the second inning with his seventh homer and 297th of his career, the most in franchise history. The 15-year veteran, whose playing time has diminished because of Rivera's blistering bat, started for the first time since July 28 and was 2-for-5.

Salmon's 33 home runs, 115 RBI, 196 hits and .350 lifetime average against Rangers pitching are his highest figures against any team.

"Whenever Texas comes to town, you're kind of like, `Hey, it would be nice to be in there,' because it seems like I do get my hits," Salmon said. "But I'm not savoring this any more than usual because it's Texas. I'm just savoring the victory more than anything."

Anderson had a two-run single and Robb Quinlan followed with another two-out hit that drove in a run and increased the margin to 4-0. Rivera, whose 19 homers and 61 RBI are career highs, made it 7-0 in the fourth with his 13th home run in 28 games. It came after a two-out intentional walk to Guerrero.

"Juan's emergence has been big for our club," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You'd like to get into a situation where you're lineup's deep enough, so that if they try to take one guy's bat out of the lineup, you can take advantage of it."

Rivera added a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Anderson followed with an RBI single for a 9-3 cushion.


  • Chone Figgins, who hasn't batted anywhere but the leadoff spot since May 8, 2005, was not in the Angels' starting lineup for only the eighth time in the team's first 110 games. His .326 on-base percentage is the lowest in the majors among leadoff men with a minimum of 400 at-bats. But Scioscia said he has no plans to drop him down in the batting order.
  • Angels 1B Howie Kendrick grounded a double off the third base bag in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The longest streak ever by an Angels rookie was 21 games, by Quinlan in 2004.
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Juan Rivera's fourth-inning HR makes the Rangers regret walking Vlad Guerrero.  (Getty Images)
Juan Rivera's fourth-inning HR makes the Rangers regret walking Vlad Guerrero. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

J. Rivera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Carlos Lee, DH4110010 .283
Mark Teixeira, 1B2000201 .282
Hank Blalock, 3B4011002 .283
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2B - Carlos Lee (22, Santana)
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Team LOB - 5
Texas Rangers
John Koronka (L,7-7) 4777542 5.31
Joaquin Benoit 3322230 5.04
C.J. Wilson 1311020 3.95
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Batters Faced - John Koronka 24, Joaquin Benoit 14, C.J. Wilson 6
Los Angeles Angels
Maicer Izturis, 3B5110023 .298
Howie Kendrick, 2B5110022 .318
Orlando Cabrera, SS4220102 .291
Vladimir Guerrero, RF1300401 .312
Juan Rivera, CF-LF4124022 .304
Garret Anderson, LF4123000 .275
    Tommy Murphy, CF1011000 .254
Tim Salmon, DH5121023 .278
Robb Quinlan, 1B5011012 .303
Jose Molina, C2010202 .243
2B - Maicer Izturis (15, Koronka), Howie Kendrick (10, Benoit), Orlando Cabrera (30, Koronka), Jose Molina (11, Benoit)
HR - Juan Rivera (19, Koronka), Tim Salmon (7, Koronka)
SF - Juan Rivera (6)
RBI - Juan Rivera 4 (61), Garret Anderson 3 (58), Tommy Murphy (6), Tim Salmon (21), Robb Quinlan (25)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera 3 (28), Garret Anderson 3 (23), Robb Quinlan (11)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (17, 3rd base off Koronka/Barajas), Vladimir Guerrero (10, 2nd base off Koronka/Barajas)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Quinlan-Cabrera-Santana
E - Juan Rivera (4, )
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (W,12-5) 8532350 4.09
J.C. Romero 1000020 6.31
HBP - Kinsler (by Ervin Santana)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 103-64, J.C. Romero 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-10
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 32, J.C. Romero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43701
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Brian Gorman