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Rangers 10, Angels 4

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gerald Laird wanted to shake off his slow start and play well in front of friends and family. The Southern California native put on quite a show for his personal rooting section.

Laird had four hits, homered twice and drove in six runs Sunday to power the Texas Rangers over the Los Angeles Angels 10-4.

He hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Jon Garland for his first RBI this season, then added an RBI single in the seventh against Darren O'Day and a two-run homer in the ninth off Jason Bulger.

"It's special to have a big day like this at home. I've been coming back here for a couple of years now, but it's still nice to come home and see your mom, dad and grandparents and eat some home-cooked meals," said Laird, who estimated 40 of his friends and family members were at the game.

Laird had just one hit in 11 at-bats coming in, then went 4-for-5 with a career high in RBI and his second two-homer game.

"I got off to a bad start in Seattle, but I was seeing the ball good and I felt like I had good at-bats," he said of the season-opening series against the Mariners. "So I thought this was going to be the series that I come out. Luckily today, I got some good pitches to hit."

Texas manager Ron Washington said Laird had a good all-around game.

"He called a good game, he swung the bat well and I'm very pleased for him," Washington said. "It's very nice that he ended up breaking out like this, especially at home. I just want him to stay consistent. He has the capability of doing what he did today."

Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was impressed.

"Laird's got some pop and he really showed it today," Scioscia said.

Ben Broussard hit a two-run homer for Texas, which took two of three in the Angels' home-opening series.

Garland (1-1), acquired from the Chicago White Sox during the offseason for shortstop Orlando Cabrera, made his home debut for the Angels and allowed seven runs and eight hits in five innings. He said he never got comfortable.

"I felt a little lost," he said. "I was kind of all over the place with my pitches, never really established anything."

Given a 1-0 lead on Anderson's second-inning homer, Garland fell behind when Laird singled, Ramon Vazquez tripled off the center-field wall and Ian Kinsler hit a sacrifice fly.

Laird homered in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Hunter hit his second homer as the Angels closed within two runs in the bottom half. Broussard homered to make it 7-3 in the fifth.

Texas reliever Joaquin Benoit struck out the heart of the Angels' lineup in the eighth: Vladimir Guerrero, Anderson and Hunter.

Notes

  • Garland had been impressive in his debut for Los Angeles, holding the Twins to one run and six hits over eight innings of a 9-1 victory during the season-opening series at Minnesota.
  • Padilla gave up one run on eight hits in six innings in his first start of the season, getting no decision in Texas' 5-4 win at Seattle.
  • Angels RHP Scot Shields, who came off the DL a day earlier, pitched the eighth inning and gave up a leadoff single before retiring the next three batters.
  • The Rangers traditionally have given Garland trouble: He came in with a 4-7 record and 5.50 ERA against them in 17 appearances against them, including 16 starts.
 
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Players of the Game
Texas

G. Laird
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 6
Anaheim

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4021000 .320
Michael Young, DH4020111 .240
Josh Hamilton, CF5010005 .292
Hank Blalock, 3B5110003 .278
David Murphy, RF5120010 .409
Frank Catalanotto, LF3200103 .091
Ben Broussard, 1B3212111 .190
Gerald Laird, C5346000 .313
Ramon Vazquez, SS5111012 .333
Totals3910141034  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (1, O'Day)
3B - Ramon Vazquez (1, Garland)
HR - Ben Broussard (3, Garland), Gerald Laird 2 (2, Garland, Bulger)
SF - Ian Kinsler (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (3), Ben Broussard 2 (8), Gerald Laird 6 (6), Ramon Vazquez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Broussard 2 (2), Gerald Laird 3 (3)
SB - David Murphy (2, 2nd base off Bulger/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Broussard
E - Hank Blalock (1, Throwing), Vicente Padilla (1, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (W,1-0) 7943042 2.77
Joaquin Benoit 1000030 4.50
C.J. Wilson 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 108-69, Joaquin Benoit 16-12, C.J. Wilson 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 11-5, C.J. Wilson 2-1
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 29, Joaquin Benoit 3, C.J. Wilson 3
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4120010 .407
Gary Matthews Jr., DH4010011 .333
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4000010 .250
Garret Anderson, LF4121010 .310
Torii Hunter, CF4111021 .286
    Reggie Willits, CF00000001.000
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000000 .292
Howie Kendrick, 2B4120000 .444
Mike Napoli, C4011011 .278
Maicer Izturis, SS3000003 .118
Totals3549307  
Batting
2B - Mike Napoli (1, Padilla)
HR - Garret Anderson (1, Padilla), Torii Hunter (2, Padilla)
RBI - Garret Anderson (3), Torii Hunter (3), Mike Napoli (3)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (2)
SB - Howie Kendrick (2, 2nd base off Padilla/Laird)
CS - Chone Figgins (2, 2nd base by Padilla/Laird)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Kotchman
Los Angeles Angels
Jon Garland (L,1-1) 5877222 5.54
Darren O'Day 2311100 1.80
Scot Shields 1100010 0.00
Jason Bulger 1222011 9.00
IBB - Broussard by Darren O'Day
HBP - Broussard (by Jon Garland), Catalanotto (by Jon Garland)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 91-58, Darren O'Day 36-20, Scot Shields 18-13, Jason Bulger 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 7-5, Darren O'Day 4-2, Scot Shields 1-1, Jason Bulger 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 26, Darren O'Day 10, Scot Shields 4, Jason Bulger 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39242
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Angel Hernandez