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Padilla paces Rangers to near shutout vs. Angels

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas pitcher Vicente Padilla had a lot calmer outing against the Los Angeles Angels than in his last start against them.

Padilla (14-9) pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to match his career high in wins and the Rangers beat the Angels 8-1 on Sunday.

On Aug. 15 against the Angels, Padilla was ejected for hitting two batters and nearly plunking a third.

That was a preface to a contentious game the following day when there was a bench-clearing brawl and four ejections between the AL West rivals. Both managers and five players (three Angels, two Rangers) were later suspended.

This four-game series ended without a major incident as Padilla did not hit a batter Sunday.

"I know it's something that's been talked about," Showalter said. "But it really wasn't on our minds. Everybody made their point and it's all behind us."

Gary Matthews Jr. and Ian Kinsler each had two-run homers for the Rangers.

The Angels avoided a shutout in the ninth when pinch-hitter Tim Salmon hit his eight homer of the season.

Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana (14-8) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two.

The Angels began the day six games behind division-leading Oakland. The American League West rivals play seven times over the final 10 games of the season.

"We need to win," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "It doesn't matter what other teams do if we don't play well. We have to do more things, starting with the offense."

Padilla worked out of a jam in the seventh when he loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh.

But Padilla got out of the frame unscathed when he struck out Kendry Morales and induced a double-play grounder from Juan Rivera.

Padilla got an out in the eighth before he was relieved by Joaquin Benoit. His 14 victories equal the total he had in 2002 and 2003 with Philadelphia.

Michael Young had an RBI single in the third to open the scoring, and backup catcher Miguel Ojeda added a two-run double in the fourth to extend Texas' lead to 3-0.

"It as nice to go out there in my first start with the team and make a contribution," said Ojeda, who was making his first start since being recalled from the minors on Sept. 3. "Even more importantly, the team won. It's an added bonus when you come up with a big hit."

Ojeda had more on his mind other than baseball. He may have to return to Mexico to check on his two sons because of Hurricane Lane, which hit just north of their residence in Mazatlan early Sunday.

His wife Alma is with him in Arlington while his sons are with their grandparents in Mexico.

"Health wise everyone is doing fine," said Ojeda, who may return to Mexico when airports on the Pacific coast reopen.

Young, who became the fourth player since 1940 to post four straight 200-hit seasons on Saturday, was 3-for-4. He has 203 hits this season.

After Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the fifth, Matthews hit his 18th homer of the season off reliever Hector Carrasco to put Texas up 6-0 in the seventh.

Kinsler added a two-run homer in the eighth to make it 8-0. It was his 12th homer of the season.

Chone Figgins, who hit for the cycle Saturday, was 2-for-4.

Notes

  • The teams played through brief rain showers in the second and fourth innings.
  • Matthews extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Los Angeles made one error to increase its league-leading total to 117.
 
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Players of the Game
Texas

G. Matthews
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Texas

V. Padilla
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF4020000 .261
Maicer Izturis, 3B3010101 .294
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4000013 .328
Garret Anderson, LF4010012 .279
Curtis Pride, RF1000200 .261
   a- Tim Salmon, PH1111000 .267
Adam Kennedy, 2B3020001 .272
   b- Jeff Mathis, PH1000000 .119
Robb Quinlan, 1B2010001 .318
   c- Kendry Morales, PH-1B2010013 .238
Jose Molina, C2000011 .251
   d- Juan Rivera, PH1000001 .298
    Mike Napoli, C0000100 .223
Erick Aybar, SS4000011 .267
Totals321914514 
a-homered for Pride in the 9th
b-popped out for Kennedy in the 9th
c-struck out for Quinlan in the 7th
d-grounded into a double play for Molina in the 7th
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (27, Padilla), Adam Kennedy (24, Padilla)
HR - Tim Salmon (8, Mahay)
RBI - Tim Salmon (23)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Quinlan-Aybar, Aybar-Kennedy-Quinlan
E - Maicer Izturis (12, )
Los Angeles Angels
Ervin Santana (L,14-8) 5744220 4.57
J.C. Romero 1000000 6.65
Hector Carrasco 1121011 3.76
Greg Jones 1122101 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 91-53, J.C. Romero 14-8, Hector Carrasco 19-12, Greg Jones 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 5-6, J.C. Romero 2-1, Hector Carrasco 3-0, Greg Jones 2-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 22, J.C. Romero 3, Hector Carrasco 5, Greg Jones 5
Texas Rangers
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4222000 .314
Michael Young, SS4031000 .316
Mark Teixeira, 1B3001002 .274
Carlos Lee, LF3100101 .301
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B0000000 .202
Hank Blalock, DH2000201 .270
Mark DeRosa, 3B4210012 .308
Ian Kinsler, 2B4112013 .280
Miguel Ojeda, C4012010 .241
Nelson Cruz, RF3210001 .212
Totals318983310 
Batting
2B - Miguel Ojeda (4, Santana)
HR - Gary Matthews Jr. (18, Carrasco), Ian Kinsler (12, Jones)
SF - Mark Teixeira (6)
RBI - Gary Matthews Jr. 2 (77), Michael Young (95), Mark Teixeira (96), Ian Kinsler 2 (50), Miguel Ojeda 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (29), Ian Kinsler 2 (19), Miguel Ojeda 2 (6)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Kinsler-Teixeira, Young-Kinsler-Teixeira, Young-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (W,14-9) 7.1700340 4.27
Joaquin Benoit 0.1000010 4.56
Ron Mahay 1.1211101 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 114-75, Joaquin Benoit 3-3, Ron Mahay 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 12-3, Ron Mahay 1-2
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 29, Joaquin Benoit 1, Ron Mahay 6
Game Information
Attendance - 24303
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Tim Tschida