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Guerrero homered leading off the 11th inning Friday night to give the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.
Texas held Guerrero to a rare 0-for-4 in the series opener on Thursday night, snapping the outfielder's streak of hitting safely in his first 24 career road games against the Rangers.
But with the game tied at 1 on Friday night, Guerrero lofted an 0-1 changeup from Frank Francisco (0-1) into the left field seats for his 29th homer of the season and 100th in his three years with the Angels.
"Vlad gave us a huge lift tonight with his home run," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Guerrero, who went 2-for-5, has 18 of his 334 career homers against Texas. Guerrero does not speak to the media.
"We held him in check for most of two nights, but he hurt us there at the end," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "There's no one way to pitch him."
Brendan Donnelly (5-0), returning after a four-game suspension, pitched two perfect innings for the victory. Donnelly was one of five players suspended for their parts in on-field beanball incidents in games between the Angels and Rangers on Aug. 15-16.
The Angels moved within 6½ games of Minnesota in the AL wild-card race as the Twins lost 5-4 to Cleveland in 10 innings.
Guerrero's homer was the only hit Francisco allowed in his one inning.
The Rangers tied it in the bottom of the inning on Hank Blalock's RBI double. Carlos Lee doubled with two outs off Francisco Rodriguez, the major league saves leader with 42. Blalock's double handed Rodriguez his fourth blown save of the season.
Rodriguez had a streak of 30 scoreless innings snapped.
"It's going to happen," Angels rookie starter Jered Weaver said of Rodriguez's blown save. "He's human. But he'll bounce back."
Weaver took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but Gary Matthews Jr. broke it up with a one-out double. Weaver, who allowed just the one hit in seven innings, matched a career high with nine strikeouts.
The Angels have won 10 of their last 13, but their offense continues to struggle. Los Angeles has scored four runs or less in each of its last eight games.
"Jered pitched a terrific game," Scoscia said. "That lineup is very tough. We've pitched some of the best baseball we've pitched all year. We just need to support the pitchers with a little offense."
Texas starter Robinson Tejeda allowed five hits in seven innings and struck out four.
Tejeda has pitched into the seventh in each of his last three starts, sending signs to the Rangers' front office that he can compete for a rotation spot next season.
"I had a great game but I'm disappointed we didn't win," Tejeda said. "I need to keep doing what I'm doing and keep getting better for next year."
Matthews' double was the Rangers' 331st this season, breaking the club record of 330 set in 2000.
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Maicer Izturis, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.294|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.279|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.329|
|Garret Anderson, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Juan Rivera, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.297|
|Reggie Willits, PR-DH||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Howie Kendrick, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.281|
|a- Dallas McPherson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Jose Molina, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.271|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.222|
|b- Curtis Pride, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Darin Erstad, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Chone Figgins, CF||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.254|
|a-struck out for Kendrick in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Napoli in the 9th|
|HR - Vladimir Guerrero (29, Francisco)|
|RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (110), Adam Kennedy (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Kennedy (26)|
|SB - Reggie Willits (2, 2nd base off Otsuka/Laird)|
|CS - Chone Figgins (15, 2nd base by Francisco/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kennedy-Cabrera-Kendrick|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Francisco Rodriguez (BS,4)||1||2||1||1||1||3||0||1.78|
|Brendan Donnelly (W,5-0)||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.07|
|IBB - Teixeira by Jered Weaver|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 105-66, Scot Shields 4-4, Francisco Rodriguez 24-15, Brendan Donnelly 25-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 3-9, Scot Shields 2-0, Brendan Donnelly 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 25, Scot Shields 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6, Brendan Donnelly 6|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.311|
|Michael Young, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.311|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||2||0||.270|
|Carlos Lee, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.301|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|a- Eric Young, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.270|
|Mark DeRosa, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.309|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.280|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.319|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.195|
|a-lined out for Hairston in the 11th|
|2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (43, Jer. Weaver), Carlos Lee (32, Rodriguez), Hank Blalock (24, Rodriguez)|
|RBI - Hank Blalock (83)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hank Blalock (41)|
|SB - Carlos Lee (16, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Mark DeRosa 1|
|DP - Blalock-Kinsler-Teixeira|
|Frank Francisco (L,0-1)||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||10.13|
|HBP - Izturis (by Wes Littleton)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 100-67, Wes Littleton 7-4, Akinori Otsuka 19-9, Frank Francisco 17-9, Ron Mahay 13-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 7-9, Wes Littleton 1-1, Frank Francisco 1-0, Ron Mahay 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 27, Wes Littleton 3, Akinori Otsuka 5, Frank Francisco 4, Ron Mahay 3|
|Attendance - 30788|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Laz Diaz|