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Rangers stifle Angels to stretch win streak to seven

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scott Feldman and three Texas Rangers relievers pulled off a rare feat at their hitter-friendly ballpark.

The foursome scattered five hits and David Murphy hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to help the AL West-leading Rangers win their seventh straight, 3-0 over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

The Rangers shut out the Angels in Texas for the first time since 2003 and had their first home shutout since last September.

 Lackey could start Monday | Hamilton day to day

"We got great pitching, great defense and timely hitting," said Rangers manager Ron Washington after his team completed a six-game homestand with a sweep of their division rival. "I don't think it can get any better than that, the three games we played at that level. It was a great series. We played good baseball for six days at home."

Ian Kinsler and Marlon Byrd had RBI doubles, and the Rangers have their longest streak since winning nine straight from May 20-31, 2005. Texas, which has won 13 of 15 and leads the Angels by 4½ in the division, also moved nine games over .500 (23-14) for the first time since June 1, 2005.

"[The Angels] put us to the test," Feldman said. "They've won the division the last few years, so it's nice to beat a team like that."

Feldman and Jered Weaver (3-2) were in command until Texas broke through in the seventh when Hank Blalock led off with a double, went to third on Nelson Cruz's single and scored on Murphy's fly to right.

Jason Jennings (1-1) pitched the seventh for the win. Eddie Guardado allowed a walk in 2/3 inning, and Darren O'Day got four outs in his first major league save opportunity. Frank Francisco is on the disabled list due to right biceps tendinitis.

Fans chanted "sweep! sweep!" after O'Day recorded the final out on a strikeout of Gary Matthews.

"It was awesome. I can't say enough about the fans and hearing that 'sweep' chant going through the crowd," said O'Day, who pitched for the Angels last season. "Coming here last year with the opposing team, I didn't hear anything like that."

Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton probably saved a run in the seventh with a leaping catch of a drive by Howie Kendrick before crashing into the padded wall in right-center. Hamilton fell on the warning track, scrambled to his feet and threw back to the infield to keep Matthews at first.

"It saved the game," Washington said of Hamilton's grab. "It was going to be the first team that gave something up was going to lose. Weaver was doing a great job. If [Hamilton] doesn't get that ball and they score a run, you don't know what's going to happen."

Hamilton finished the inning but was replaced by Byrd to start the eighth. Washington said Hamilton has a slight groin strain and is day to day. Hamilton came off the 15-day disabled list earlier this week after missing 13 games with a rib injury sustained when he crashed into the outfield wall in Toronto.

Feldman pitched six innings, allowing four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Weaver gave up three runs and six hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and three walks, but got no run support from his teammates.

"It's tough here," Weaver said. "They've got some guys who can bang the ball around. I got away with a few pitches early. But they got some key hits. To hold them down like that, it was a job well done."

Kinsler and Byrd had RBI doubles in the eighth to make it 3-0.

Sunday's game got off to a calmer start than Saturday's did when Angels starter John Lackey was tossed after throwing his first two pitches to Kinsler, throwing over his head with the first and hitting him with the second.

Scioscia said after the game that Lackey would start Monday night's opener of a four-game series at Seattle, with the rest of his rotation being pushed back a day.

The Angels were the popular preseason pick to win the division, but the Rangers have been surprising early leaders.

"It's early in the season," Weaver said. "It isn't time for statements yet."

Notes

  • The Rangers threw their second shutout of the season.
  • The Angels were shut out for the first time this season.
  • Rangers RHP Kevin Millwood has been slowed by the flu but manager Ron Washington said Millwood is feeling better and would make Thursday's scheduled start at Detroit.
 
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David Murphy puts the Rangers ahead with this sacrifice fly in the seventh.  (AP)
David Murphy puts the Rangers ahead with this sacrifice fly in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 3
K 7
 
Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4010000 .272
Erick Aybar, SS4010001 .303
Bobby Abreu, RF3000102 .293
Torii Hunter, CF3000111 .310
Kendry Morales, 1B4000012 .275
Mike Napoli, DH4020000 .324
Gary Matthews Jr., LF4010022 .282
Howie Kendrick, 2B2000101 .230
Jeff Mathis, C3000023 .259
Totals3105036  
Batting
SB - Chone Figgins 2 (17, 2nd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia, 3rd base off Feldman/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (L,3-2) 8633370 2.59
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 112-72
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 7-9
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 32
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B3111102 .314
Michael Young, 3B4010013 .351
Josh Hamilton, CF3000003 .241
    Marlon Byrd, CF1011000 .309
Hank Blalock, DH4110012 .237
Nelson Cruz, RF4010021 .271
David Murphy, LF2001020 .203
Chris Davis, 1B3000001 .227
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2000111 .267
Omar Vizquel, SS2110100 .378
Totals2836337  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (11, Jer. Weaver), Marlon Byrd (14, Jer. Weaver), Hank Blalock (7, Jer. Weaver)
3B - Omar Vizquel (1, Jer. Weaver)
SF - David Murphy (2)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (32), Marlon Byrd (17), David Murphy (8)
PK - Ian Kinsler (1, Jer. Weaver)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Vizquel
Texas Rangers
Scott Feldman 6400230 4.04
Jason Jennings (W,1-1) 1100010 3.24
Eddie Guardado (H,2) 0.2000100 6.23
Darren O'Day (S,1) 1.1000020 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 108-63, Jason Jennings 17-10, Eddie Guardado 12-6, Darren O'Day 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 4-10, Eddie Guardado 1-1, Darren O'Day 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 23, Jason Jennings 4, Eddie Guardado 3, Darren O'Day 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37146
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson