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Izturis' walk-off single pushes Angels past Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dan Haren is comforted that the Los Angeles Angels won the game, even though the hard-luck starter has gone nearly a month without a victory of his own.

Maicer Izturis had a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning to push the Angels past the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Saturday, a game in which Haren allowed only two runs in 7 2/3 innings and still ran his winless streak to five games.

"That's the story of my life. It's no big deal. We won the game," Haren said. "Those are really hard to swallow, when they tie it up like that. When you lose the game, that's hard to handle. But we won the game so I'll sleep good tonight."

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After Haren allowed a two-out double to Ian Kinsler in the eighth, the game was tied 2-all by the only batter faced by reliever Fernando Rodney. Michael Young's hard but seemingly playable grounder ricocheted off shortstop Erick Aybar's glove and was ruled a single.

"You want to be out there, but Rodney was coming in fresh. I felt good about that," Haren said. "The manager knows what to do. I was over 100 pitches. He didn't want me to lose the game."

Haren won his first four decisions this season, but is winless (0-2) in five starts since winning April 17 against the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander was coming off a 10-strikeout performance against Cleveland, allowed no earned runs in seven innings against Oakland in another no-decision and has a 1.93 ERA that is second-best in the American League.

"It's early yet. If he pitches like he did the first month of the season, he's gonna win a ton of games," manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's one Dan didn't quite get, but he's been keeping us in games and we won, so that's what's important."

Izturis hit a liner to left off Darren Oliver (1-4) that drove home Jeff Mathis, the light-hitting catcher who led off the ninth with a single before a sacrifice bunt by Peter Bourjos.

Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo had a pair of RBI doubles, along with a couple of nice defensive plays.

"Berto has been clutch all year. And he's been playing terrific third base," Scioscia said.

After Scott Downs (1-0) faced only one batter to get out of the eighth, Jordan Walden worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

Los Angeles maintained its lead in the AL West with their 12th win its last 17 road games. A 4-1 loss on Friday night had trimmed the division gap to only a half-game over the defending AL champion Rangers.

"Give those guys credit, they put it together and they scored the run they needed to score to win it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It was well-played game all the way around and they won it. ... We had the guy we wanted in there at the time and they got him. They beat us."

Haren struck out five without a walk, throwing 77 of his 113 pitches for strikes. He gave up six hits, half of those coming in a span of three batters to start the second, when Texas scored its other run against him.

Rangers starter Derek Holland allowed only two runs over six innings, but again was hurt by walks. The left-hander walked three, and two of them came in to score on hits by Callaspo.

The Angels went ahead 2-1 in the sixth when Howie Kendrick drew a walk and scored on Callaspo's double to left.

Holland, pitching for the first time since walking five batters in three-plus innings the previous Saturday against the Yankees, threw eight consecutive balls to start the fourth, walking Izturis and Torii Hunter.

Kendrick then grounded into a double play, but Callaspo followed with an RBI double on a fast-sinker liner that skirted under the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre on a diving backhanded attempt.

Beltre was then robbed of a hit when Callaspo made a nifty defensive play to start the bottom of the fourth. After a backhanded stab on a sharply hit ball, he gathered himself and made a strong throw. Rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo came off the bag stretching to make the catch, but made a sweeping tag on Beltre's lower leg for the out.

Beltre's RBI single put the Rangers up 1-0 after Mitch Moreland led off the second with a double.

In the seventh, Beltre did snag a grounder and threw off his knees to get Bobby Abreu out at first. But Callaspo still had a couple of more nice defensive plays to go.

Callaspo grabbed David Murphy's grounder in the seventh and threw to second to force out Beltre. An inning later, Callaspo was playing in and made a diving stop of a hard one-hopper before getting up and throwing out speedy Elvis Andrus.

When Kinsler followed with his double down the left-field line, a ball that bounced near third base while curling into the corner, Callaspo swatted his right hand in frustration that he didn't get it. He then stared up at the big video board to watch the replay.

Notes

  • Izturis has a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Andrus had a stolen base in the third. It was his 12th this season, the most in the AL without being caught.
  • Texas has lost eight of 12 games.
  • The temperature was in the mid-60s with clear, bright skies for the mid-afternoon start.
 
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Angels starter Dan Haren winds up without a decision after allowing only two runs in nearly eight innings. (US Presswire)
Angels starter Dan Haren winds up without a decision after allowing only two runs in nearly eight innings. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

A. Callaspo
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS5010002 .336
Bobby Abreu, DH4010110 .265
Maicer Izturis, 2B4121103 .331
Torii Hunter, RF4000103 .234
Howard Kendrick, LF-1B3110101 .313
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4022001 .314
Mark Trumbo, 1B4010013 .256
    Reggie Willits, LF0000000 .000
Jeff Mathis, C4120002 .203
Peter Bourjos, CF3000021 .277
Totals35310344  
Batting
2B - Howard Kendrick (12, Eppley), Alberto Callaspo 2 (9, Holland, Holland), Mark Trumbo (7, Holland)
SH - Peter Bourjos (3)
RBI - Maicer Izturis (13), Alberto Callaspo 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Maicer Izturis (6), Alberto Callaspo (13)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Alberto Callaspo (4, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren 7.2622050 1.93
Fernando Rodney (BS,3)0100000 4.24
Scott Downs (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
Jordan Walden (S,7) 1000020 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 113-72, Fernando Rodney 3-1, Scott Downs 5-3, Jordan Walden 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 11-8, Scott Downs 1-0, Jordan Walden 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 30, Fernando Rodney 1, Scott Downs 1, Jordan Walden 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, CF4000012 .000
Elvis Andrus, SS4010000 .270
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110012 .229
Michael Young, DH4011012 .351
Mitch Moreland, RF4110002 .289
Adrian Beltre, 3B4021000 .248
David Murphy, LF4010011 .265
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000021 .220
Chris Davis, 1B3000013 .229
Totals3427207  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (12, Haren), Mitch Moreland (10, Haren)
SH - Yorvit Torrealba (1)
RBI - Michael Young (30), Adrian Beltre (30)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (12)
SB - Elvis Andrus (12, 2nd base off Haren/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Davis
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland 6622340 4.91
Mark Lowe 1100000 5.68
Cody Eppley 1100000 7.27
Darren Oliver (L,1-4) 1211100 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 105-67, Mark Lowe 12-10, Cody Eppley 12-8, Darren Oliver 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 6-7, Mark Lowe 1-2, Cody Eppley 2-1, Darren Oliver 2-1
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 26, Mark Lowe 4, Cody Eppley 4, Darren Oliver 6
Game Information
Attendance - 47663
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski