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Angels hit five HRs, cut Rangers' lead in AL West

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Vernon Wells and the Los Angeles Angels showed AL West-leading Texas that they can slug the ball too.

Wells hit the first of the Angels' five solo home runs -- four off starter C.J. Wilson -- and had an RBI triple as the Angels won 8-4 on Saturday night with Ervin Santana pitching on short rest.

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"We drove the ball out of the park today against a guy who's really been tough on us," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He usually has the ball down in the zone, but he had the ball up a little bit and we took advantage and swung the bats well."

After losing the opener 11-7, the Angels got even in their last series this season at Rangers Ballpark and cut the division gap to two games. The finale is Sunday night, then the AL West front-runners don't play again until the final three games of the regular season on the West Coast.

"It's still too early to focus on how many games you're up or back," Scioscia said. "We have a lot of baseball left after this series. But it's important for us to win games. The fact that we won a game against a team we're trying to catch, sure, that helps but there's a long road ahead of us."

Mike Trout and Bobby Wilson, the last two hitters in the lineup, both went deep in the fourth off Wilson (13-6), who had never given up more than two homers in a game. Peter Bourjos also homered off the Texas starter.

Santana (10-9) pitched with only three days' rest for the first time in his career, and gave up four runs and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out two, walked one, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches.

"There's always a first time for everything. I was prepared and kept focused. It was hot, but I just focused on doing my thing," Santana said. "I was 100 percent positive and trusted my stuff."

David Murphy homered for the Rangers (75-59), who have lost seven of 10 while their division lead dwindled from seven games over the Angels (72-60).

After Texas loaded the bases with one out in the ninth off Jordan Walden, Hisanori Takahaski got his second save in five chances when he induced Murphy into a game-ending double play.

Wilson had allowed only two homers over his previous 15 starts since May 31. After going 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA his previous four August starts allowing only four earned runs, the left-hander gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings against the Angels.

"The home run was working, the problem is I was the one giving them up," Wilson said. "I feel like it's kind of a weird thing. I don't even really know what to think about that. I just, I was aiming down and the ball was going up. That's what happens sometimes."

Howie Kendrick greeted Koji Uehara, the second Texas reliever, with a leadoff homer in the seventh. The five homers matched the season high for Los Angeles.

Wells put the Angels ahead to stay in the second when his 18th homer made it 1-0. He finished 2 for 4 after an RBI triple in the seventh, and is 9 for 17 his last five games.

"I've made some adjustments, a few changes, and I've been able to be a little more aggressive. I'm in a more balanced position," Wells said. "We've got to get this thing together to win enough ball games to be in it in October."

Torii Hunter had an RBI single in the third before the back-to-back homers in the fourth -- the third for Trout, the youngest player in the majors at 20 years old and 20 days, and the first for Bobby Wilson in his 43 games this season.

After Bourjos hit his ninth homer to start the fifth, Kendrick singled and eventually scored on a single by Erick Aybar. Wells made the final out of the inning when he ran from second and started to go home on Trout's infield single. Shortstop Elvis Andrus threw to catcher Mike Napoli, who ran down Wells and tagged him as both fell down facedown, side-by-side near third base. Before they got up, Wells reached over and patted his former teammate on the back.

Santana hit Napoli on the left wrist with a pitch in the sixth. Napoli twisted back and fell to his knees in obvious pain, but stayed in the game.

Ian Kinsler got hit by a pitch leading off the fourth before Andrus drew a walk. Michael Young had a sacrifice fly and Napoli an RBI single. Nelson Cruz had a leadoff single in the fifth before Murphy's seventh homer. Murphy hit a grand slam Friday to help the Rangers jump out to an 11-0 lead.

Notes

  • It was the fourth homer in five games for Kendrick, who has 13 on the season.
  • The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by the teenage son of a Dallas firefighter who died after falling through the roof of a burning structure. Christian band Mercy Me, which also did a pregame concert, wore Dallas Fire Department T-shirts while singing The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • Like Santana on Saturday, Jered Weaver (15-6) starts with only three days' rest for the first time in his career in Sunday's finale. Colby Lewis (11-9) starts for Texas.
 
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Peter Bourjos circles the bases after hitting one of L.A.'s five solo home runs in its win over Texas. (Getty Images)
Peter Bourjos circles the bases after hitting one of L.A.'s five solo home runs in its win over Texas. (Getty Images)

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V. Wells
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R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
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H. Kendrick
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, 3B4020100 .276
Peter Bourjos, CF5211003 .280
Howard Kendrick, 2B5221022 .296
Torii Hunter, DH5121011 .261
Mark Trumbo, 1B4000113 .256
Vernon Wells, LF4122101 .215
Erick Aybar, SS4011001 .261
Mike Trout, RF4121004 .230
Bobby Wilson, C4111001 .207
Totals39813834  
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (29, Wilson), Torii Hunter (20, Uehara)
3B - Vernon Wells (2, Uehara)
HR - Peter Bourjos (9, Wilson), Howard Kendrick (13, Uehara), Vernon Wells (18, Wilson), Mike Trout (3, Wilson), Bobby Wilson (1, Wilson)
RBI - Peter Bourjos (33), Howard Kendrick (45), Torii Hunter (67), Vernon Wells 2 (48), Erick Aybar (48), Mike Trout (8), Bobby Wilson (7)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (20), Erick Aybar (19), Mike Trout (1), Bobby Wilson (6)
SB - Peter Bourjos (18, 3rd base off Wilson/Napoli)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Trumbo-Aybar, Kendrick-Aybar-Trumbo
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,10-9) 7444121 3.24
Scott Downs 1000010 1.28
Jordan Walden 0.1200110 2.70
Hisanori Takahashi (S,2) 0.2000000 3.86
HBP - Kinsler (by Ervin Santana), Napoli (by Ervin Santana)
WP - Ervin Santana 2 (9), Jordan Walden (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 95-62, Scott Downs 12-8, Jordan Walden 24-15, Hisanori Takahashi 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 8-10, Scott Downs 1-1, Hisanori Takahashi 1-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 27, Scott Downs 3, Jordan Walden 4, Hisanori Takahashi 1
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B3100000 .245
Elvis Andrus, SS3100100 .267
Josh Hamilton, LF4000010 .293
Michael Young, 3B3011000 .338
Mike Napoli, C2011100 .294
Mitch Moreland, 1B4000024 .275
Nelson Cruz, RF4130010 .270
David Murphy, DH4112002 .246
Endy Chavez, CF3000001 .303
Totals3046424  
Batting
HR - David Murphy (7, Santana)
SF - Michael Young (8)
RBI - Michael Young (87), Mike Napoli (56), David Murphy 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Napoli (22)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Hamilton-Andrus-Moreland
PB - Mike Napoli (1)
E - Ian Kinsler (9, Misplayed grounder), Mike Napoli (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (L,13-6) 51066124 3.29
Darren Oliver 1000000 2.30
Koji Uehara 1322001 2.38
Mike Adams 1000100 1.34
Neftali Feliz 1000120 3.04
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 97-58, Darren Oliver 8-6, Koji Uehara 19-12, Mike Adams 15-9, Neftali Feliz 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 10-3, Darren Oliver 2-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 26, Darren Oliver 3, Koji Uehara 6, Mike Adams 3, Neftali Feliz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 48453
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 104
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Ron Kulpa