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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers combined for 21 runs, 32 hits and five homers. And yet, despite all those offensive fireworks, Thursday night's game turned on a couple of softly hit balls in the 11th and final inning.
Tied at 10, Garret Anderson led off the 11th with a single off Jamey Wright (5-4) and went to second on pinch-hitter Reggie Willits' sacrifice bunt. Howie Kendrick, who hit his first two homers of the season for the first multihomer game of his three-year career, struck out, before Izturis blooped a run-scoring single into shallow center.
"It was a strange game," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It was ironic with all that offense that the last run scored on a sac bunt and a bloop hit."
Rodriguez, who blew a save Wednesday night, made things interesting in the bottom half of the 11th.
He walked Brandon Boggs leading off, and Max Ramirez bunted a ball high in the air that Rodriguez at first misjudged, then tried to turn into a double play. Instead, Rodriguez threw the ball into center field and both runners reached base safely.
Ian Kinsler popped out a bunt attempt, though, and Ramon Vazquez took a called third strike before Michael Young grounded out on a sharply hit ball to give Rodriguez his 36th save in 39 chances.
"In his world, if (Rodriguez) blows a save, he forgets about it 20 minutes later," Scioscia said. "He's good at turning the page."
Rodriguez was thankful for the opportunity to redeem himself.
"It was nice to win the game," Rodriguez said. "Otherwise it would have been a tough loss after what happened last night."
Justin Speier (1-4) allowed one hit in a scoreless 10th.
"Nobody thought we were in that game, but we fought back," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Angels starter John Lackey allowed 15 hits in 5 2/3 innings, exiting with a 10-6 lead in what became a no-decision when the Rangers rallied with a four-run seventh against the Los Angeles bullpen, capped by Ramirez's two-run shot.
Lackey gave up six runs, struck out five and walked one. The 15 hits allowed tied the Angels' record for a starter set by Paul Hartzell on Sept. 9, 1976, at Kansas City, but Hartzell was at least able to last 8 2/3 innings.
"I thought I might steal one (a victory)," Lackey said. "But I can't complain. I didn't deserve it with the way I pitched."
The Angels built a 10-4 lead in the fifth, but the Rangers scored a run in the inning on Byrd's homer and another run in the sixth on Young's RBI single.
Texas pulled within 10-7 in the seventh on Chris Davis' RBI double. Washington argued that Davis' drive should have been called a home run and he was ejected by crew chief Mike Reilly, who made the original call and then huddled with the other umpires to confirm his decision.
Boggs followed with a run-scoring single off Scot Shields, and Ramirez tied it at 10 with a two-run shot, his second of the season.
"He tried to throw me a fastball in, and the game was tied right there," Ramirez said. "It seemed like we were going to win, but it didn't happen."
Los Angeles left the bases loaded in the ninth when Rangers closer C.J. Wilson retired Jeff Mathis on a fly ball.
Hamilton homered for the second consecutive game, a day after his two-run ninth-inning shot off Rodriguez lifted the Rangers to a dramatic victory. His 91 RBI are tops in the majors and fifth-most in major league history before the All-Star break.
In the third, Hamilton ripped Lackey's 1-0 pitch for his 21st homer and a 4-3 lead. But Rangers starter Scott Feldman couldn't hold the lead as the Angels scored five times in the fourth.
Los Angeles kept up the pressure in the fifth against Wes Littleton with Kendrick's two-run shot for a 10-4 lead, giving Kendrick 11 major league homers in three big league seasons.
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Angels pulled within 2-1 in the second on Kendrick's first homer since Sept. 4, 2007.
Kinsler's single in the second stretched his hitting streak to a career-high 22 games.
|Francisco Rodriguez lets out some nervous tension after recording his 36th save of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||4||2||0||1||2||1||3||.273|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||5||0||1||2||0||0||2||.286|
|Vladimir Guerrero, RF||3||0||0||0||3||1||1||.288|
|Torii Hunter, CF||4||0||1||2||2||2||3||.271|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.266|
|Juan Rivera, DH||5||2||3||0||0||0||4||.221|
|a- Reggie Willits, PH-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||5||3||3||3||1||2||1||.328|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||1||0||0||1||3||3||.221|
|b- Maicer Izturis, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Ryan Budde, PR-C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Erick Aybar, SS||4||2||2||1||1||2||0||.280|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for J. Rivera in the 11th|
|b-singled for Mathis in the 11th|
|2B - Casey Kotchman (21, Feldman), Howie Kendrick (19, Feldman)|
|3B - Erick Aybar (2, Feldman)|
|HR - Howie Kendrick 2 (2, Feldman, Littleton)|
|SF - Casey Kotchman (1), Garret Anderson (4)|
|SH - Reggie Willits (3)|
|RBI - Chone Figgins (10), Casey Kotchman 2 (43), Torii Hunter 2 (43), Garret Anderson (44), Howie Kendrick 3 (22), Maicer Izturis (30), Erick Aybar (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Howie Kendrick (6), Maicer Izturis (12)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (16, 3rd base off Feldman/M. Ramirez), Vladimir Guerrero (2, 2nd base off Feldman/M. Ramirez)|
|CS - Torii Hunter (4, 2nd base by Feldman/M. Ramirez)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Kotchman, Kotchman-Aybar|
|E - Francisco Rodriguez (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Scot Shields (BS,1)||0.2||2||2||2||0||1||1||2.95|
|Justin Speier (W,1-4)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||4.95|
|Francisco Rodriguez (S,36)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.48|
|IBB - Murphy by Justin Speier|
|HBP - M. Ramirez (by Jose Arredondo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 103-71, Darren Oliver 12-9, Scot Shields 17-10, Jose Arredondo 40-22, Justin Speier 29-15, Francisco Rodriguez 15-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 5-4, Darren Oliver 1-0, Jose Arredondo 1-2, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - John Lackey 30, Darren Oliver 4, Scot Shields 4, Jose Arredondo 9, Justin Speier 5, Francisco Rodriguez 5|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||1||0||2||1||3||.333|
|Ramon Vazquez, 3B||7||2||3||1||0||2||5||.321|
|Michael Young, SS||7||1||4||2||0||1||2||.302|
|Josh Hamilton, DH||5||1||2||2||1||1||4||.309|
|David Murphy, RF-CF||5||0||1||0||1||2||1||.272|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||5||2||2||1||0||2||3||.242|
|a- Milton Bradley, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.314|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Chris Davis, 1B||6||1||3||1||0||2||4||.234|
|Brandon Boggs, LF-RF||5||1||2||1||1||1||2||.254|
|Max Ramirez, C||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.206|
|a-popped out for Byrd in the 10th|
|2B - Ramon Vazquez (14, Lackey), Josh Hamilton (21, Speier), Chris Davis 2 (3, Lackey, Oliver)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (21, Lackey), Marlon Byrd (4, Lackey), Max Ramirez (2, Shields)|
|RBI - Ramon Vazquez (30), Michael Young 2 (49), Josh Hamilton 2 (91), Marlon Byrd (14), Chris Davis (11), Brandon Boggs (27), Max Ramirez 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (13)|
|SB - Josh Hamilton (5, 2nd base off Arredondo/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|Outfield Assists - Brandon Boggs 1, Marlon Byrd 1|
|Jamey Wright (L,5-4)||1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.35|
|IBB - Guerrero by Scott Feldman, Guerrero by Frank Francisco|
|HBP - Figgins (by Scott Feldman), Aybar (by Scott Feldman)|
|WP - Frank Francisco (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 86-40, Wes Littleton 55-38, Eddie Guardado 15-9, C.J. Wilson 30-15, Frank Francisco 21-11, Jamey Wright 23-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 3-4, Wes Littleton 2-3, Jamey Wright 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 22, Wes Littleton 13, Eddie Guardado 3, C.J. Wilson 6, Frank Francisco 5, Jamey Wright 6|
|Attendance - 23262|
|Game Time - 4:23|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson|