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Rangers edge Angels on Teixeira's 11th-inning home run

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Teixeira's first home run since coming off the disabled list came at a good time.

Teixeira led off the 11th inning with his 13th homer of the season and hit an RBI double in the eighth, leading the Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

"I really worked hard while I was on the disabled list to make sure I didn't lose a step when I got back," said Teixeira, activated on Friday after being sidelined since June 9 because of a strained left quadriceps muscle. "The drills and the work that I was doing when I was hurt, watching video and tracking balls in the cage, that was all to make sure I didn't lose too much timing. I feel as good as I did before I left."

Angels starter Jered Weaver allowed a pair of unearned runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out six and retired his last 11 batters. But the Rangers tied the score at 4 in the eighth against Scot Shields with two-out RBI doubles by Teixeira and Marlon Byrd, snapping Shields' scoreless streak at 24 2/3 innings.

Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched two perfect innings, but Justin Speier (0-1) came on in the 11th and threw a 3-2 pitch that Teixeira deposited into the first row of seats above the 18-foot wall in right field.

The homer came less than 24 hours after Speier struck out the side in his first game off the disabled list. Teixeira was one of the batters he fanned.

"Last night it was a backdoor split, which was an amazing pitch," said Teixeira, who started at DH for only the third time this season. "Today I think it was a hard split or a fastball that he took a little bit off of to sink it. But he kind of left it up a little bit and I put a good swing on it."

C.J. Wilson (1-1) got one out for the win and Eric Gagne earned his 13th save in 14 attempts.

Chone Figgins was 3-for-4 with a pair of tiebreaking RBI singles. He also stole three bases to break the Angels' record for career steals. He stole second in the fifth, eclipsing the 186 steals of Gary Pettis, current Rangers first base coach.

After Figgins' achievement was flashed on the video board, Pettis tipped his cap toward second base from the top step of the first base dugout and applauded.

"He did something special, so he should be congratulated," Pettis said. "I was just as much of a fan as everyone else was. I mean, when someone does something well, they should be applauded. He did a wonderful thing today. It was just good for me to actually be here and see it happen. I was very happy to take part in it."

Figgins was glad he was able to do it with Pettis in the house. The two speedsters first met when Figgins was playing in the Colorado Rockies' farm system and Pettis was an outfield and baserunning coordinator with the White Sox.

"When Pettis was with the White Sox, he always told me I was a good player," Figgins said. "It's tough to try to celebrate, because I love to win so much. To have a special day like this and lose, it's tough."

Figgins' second clutch hit came during a three-run fifth for the AL West leaders. Orlando Cabrera added a sacrifice fly, and Vladimir Guerrero beat the shift on the left side of the infield by grounding an outside pitch several feet to the right of second base for an RBI double.

Brandon McCarthy allowed four runs on six hits over six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. In his previous four starts, McCarthy left the game with the Rangers trailing 4-0, 1-0, 3-0 and 2-0.

"When you get runs, you take them. If you don't, you know at some point you'll get them," McCarthy said. "It'll all average out as the season goes on. So my job is just to keep pitching well and throwing up zeros, whether we're scoring runs or not. I got two runs today and didn't make it hold up, and I was livid about it when I left the game."

The errors that led to the runs were committed by Figgins at second and Reggie Willits in right -- both out of position. Figgins started at second for the second time this season in place of injured Howie Kendrick. Willits made his ninth start in right field while Guerrero was the DH.

Notes

  • Pettis was caught stealing 47 times while playing for the Angels. Figgins has been nabbed 60 times.
  • The Angels loaded the bases in the eighth against Ron Mahay, but Joaquin Benoit got out of it by retiring pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis and Jeff Mathis on popups.
  • Izturis lost his bat while swinging at a pitch and it went flying toward the Rangers' dugout, where Pettis used his quick feet one more time to get out of harm's way.
 
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Mark Teixeira blasts a solo shot off the Angels' Justin Speier to secure a Rangers win.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira blasts a solo shot off the Angels' Justin Speier to secure a Rangers win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Anaheim

C. Figgins
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4010101 .309
Michael Young, SS5000022 .280
Mark Teixeira, DH4222101 .303
Marlon Byrd, RF5121021 .372
Frank Catalanotto, LF4000011 .221
    Jerry Hairston Jr., LF0000000 .204
Adam Melhuse, C5010020 .267
    Gerald Laird, C0000000 .228
Brad Wilkerson, 1B4000001 .221
Travis Metcalf, 3B4000021 .175
Ramon Vazquez, 2B4220010 .248
Totals39583210  
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (21, Shields), Marlon Byrd (9, Shields), Ramon Vazquez (7, Shields)
HR - Mark Teixeira (13, Speier)
SH - Frank Catalanotto (2)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (44), Marlon Byrd (26)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (18), Marlon Byrd (14)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Metcalf-Vazquez-Wilkerson
E - Brandon McCarthy (1, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy 6643240 5.59
Wes Littleton 1.1000110 4.19
Ron Mahay0100200 2.32
Joaquin Benoit 2.1000010 3.10
C.J. Wilson (W,1-1) 0.1100000 2.88
Eric Gagne (S,13) 1000010 1.27
WP - C.J. Wilson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 95-61, Wes Littleton 17-9, Ron Mahay 11-3, Joaquin Benoit 30-18, C.J. Wilson 8-5, Eric Gagne 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 7-8, Wes Littleton 2-0, Joaquin Benoit 2-4
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 27, Wes Littleton 4, Ron Mahay 3, Joaquin Benoit 7, C.J. Wilson 2, Eric Gagne 3
Los Angeles Angels
Reggie Willits, RF4200120 .311
Chone Figgins, 2B-3B4132100 .307
Orlando Cabrera, SS4001003 .320
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5011021 .326
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4000101 .282
Garret Anderson, LF4020111 .288
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010111 .290
Brandon Wood, 3B3000002 .071
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH-2B2000003 .252
Jeff Mathis, C4110003 .100
   b- Kendry Morales, PH1000010 .268
Totals3948457  
a-popped out for Wood in the 8th
b-struck out for Mathis in the 11th
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (29, McCarthy)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (8)
SH - Reggie Willits (6)
RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (28), Orlando Cabrera (52), Vladimir Guerrero (78)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins (12)
SB - Reggie Willits (19, 2nd base off McCarthy/Melhuse), Chone Figgins 3 (24, 2nd base off McCarthy/Melhuse, 3rd base off McCarthy/Melhuse, 2nd base off McCarthy/Melhuse)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kotchman
E - Chone Figgins (11, Throwing), Reggie Willits (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver 7420260 3.36
Scot Shields (BS,3) 1322010 1.99
Francisco Rodriguez 2000020 2.16
Justin Speier (L,0-1) 1111011 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 96-62, Scot Shields 23-14, Francisco Rodriguez 30-18, Justin Speier 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 7-7, Francisco Rodriguez 2-2
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 26, Scot Shields 6, Francisco Rodriguez 6, Justin Speier 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44068
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Rick Reed