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    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - With the teams' aces pitching in other games, Albert Pujols teed off.

    Pujols hit his fourth homer and Trevor Bell pitched into the fifth inning in a bid to earn the Angels' No. 5 starter role, leading Los Angeles to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers Sunday.

    "That was a 2-iron," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

    Both managers chose to keep their aces from facing a division rival. Instead, the Rangers' Yu Darvish gave up four runs and six hits in five innings in an intrasquad game. The Angels' C.J. Wilson, former Rangers ace, worked five innings and allowed six hits and three runs - two earned - in a minor league game.

    Randal Grichuk's RBI single in the ninth lifted the Angels to a win. Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer in the eighth to snap a 2-all tie but the Rangers scored three in the top of the ninth.

    Bell allowed three hits and two walks in 4 1-3 scoreless innings, his first start and fourth appearance. He struck out three.

    "He pitched inside well today," Scioscia said. "That's what he's got to do to stay up here. He pitched with much better command today."

    Bell is one of a handful of pitchers hoping to secure the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation. But he appears to be well behind right-handers Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams in the race.

    "I was pumped," said Bell, who pitched in 19 games for the Angels in 2011 and posted a 1-1 record with a 3.94 ERA. "I wanted to get out there and show what I could do."

    Texas had gone ahead with three runs in the top of the ninth, two

    coming on Greg Miclat's double off Jason Isringhausen.

    Jorge Cantu had given the Angels a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the

    eighth. Texas' Dusty Brown hit his second spring homer, a two-run

    homer off reliever Kevin Jepsen in the top of the eighth to tie it 2-all.

    Mark Hamburger worked two innings and allowed two runs, one earned, and gave up one hit.

    NOTE: Scioscia said the two main combatants for the fifth starting spot in the rotation would both pitch tomorrow, with Williams pitching in a minor league game and Richards facing Colorado

    at Tempe.

     
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    Texas Rangers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Julio Borbon, CF3000101 .263
        Jared Bolden, CF1000011 .000
    Craig Gentry, RF1000010 .125
       a- Conor Jackson, PH-RF3111101 .091
    David Murphy, LF4010011 .317
        Val Majewski, LF10100001.000
    Mike Napoli, C3000011 .273
        Dusty Brown, C2112002 .400
    Mitch Moreland, 1B4020000 .255
        Brad Nelson, 1B0000000 .000
    Brandon Snyder, 3B3010002 .261
        Leury Garcia, 3B1000000 .400
    Brad Hawpe, DH3000103 .200
        Guilder Rodriguez, PR-DH01000001.000
    Alberto Gonzalez, SS2100100 .300
    Luis Hernandez, 2B2000102 .267
        Greg Miclat, 2B1112000 .259
    Totals3458554  
    a-grounded out for Gentry in the 3rd
    Batting
    2B - Greg Miclat (2, Isringhausen)
    HR - Dusty Brown (2, Jepsen)
    RBI - Conor Jackson (3), Dusty Brown 2 (5), Greg Miclat 2 (4)
    2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson (1), Dusty Brown 2 (3)
    SB - Greg Miclat (2, 3rd base off Isringhausen/Wilson)
    CS - Luis Hernandez (2, 2nd base by Tillman/Wilson)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Hernandez-Gonzalez-Moreland
    E - Val Majewski (1, Dropped fly), Mitch Moreland (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Texas Rangers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mark Hamburger 2121001 4.50
    Robbie Ross 2100120 0.00
    Sean Green 1000210 5.40
    Neal Cotts 1100000 5.19
    Yoshinori Tateyama 1100010 1.29
    Michael Kirkman (L,1-2) 1.1543001 8.71
    Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hamburger 11-10, Robbie Ross 14-10, Sean Green 13-5, Neal Cotts 4-4, Yoshinori Tateyama 6-6, Michael Kirkman 11-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hamburger 5-2, Robbie Ross 2-1, Sean Green 2-0, Neal Cotts 2-1, Yoshinori Tateyama 1-1
    Batters Faced - Mark Hamburger 8, Robbie Ross 7, Sean Green 5, Neal Cotts 4, Yoshinori Tateyama 4, Michael Kirkman 10
    Los Angeles Angels
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Erick Aybar, SS3000111 .391
        Kole Calhoun, 1B1011000 .350
    Howard Kendrick, 2B3000002 .447
        Randal Grichuk, RF2111000 .333
    Albert Pujols, 1B3111000 .333
        Jorge Cantu, 3B1112000 .294
    Torii Hunter, RF3010000 .308
        Ryan Langerhans, LF0000000 .167
       a- Matthew Scioscia, PH1000000 .000
        Doug Deeds, LF0000000 .167
    Vernon Wells, LF2110100 .286
        Alexi Amarista, SS1000000 .359
    Bobby Abreu, DH4000003 .108
    Mark Trumbo, 3B2011010 .364
        Darwin Perez, PR-2B1110000 .333
    Bobby Wilson, C3000001 .313
    Peter Bourjos, CF3110121 .286
    Totals3369634  
    a-flied out for Langerhans in the 8th
    Batting
    HR - Albert Pujols (4, Hamburger), Jorge Cantu (1, Kirkman)
    SF - Mark Trumbo (5)
    SH - Bobby Wilson (1)
    RBI - Kole Calhoun (4), Randal Grichuk (1), Albert Pujols (11), Jorge Cantu 2 (7), Mark Trumbo (10)
    2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (1)
    SB - Vernon Wells (2, 2nd base off Hamburger/Napoli)
    Team LOB - 7
    Los Angeles Angels
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Trevor Bell 4.1300230 3.72
    Daniel Tillman (H,4) 0.2000000 0.00
    Scott Downs (H,4) 1000000 5.40
    Francisco Rodriguez (H,2) 1100100 3.12
    Kevin Jepsen (BS,1) 1122101 5.14
    Jason Isringhausen (BS,1) 0.2133110 9.82
    Jeremy Berg (W,1-0) 0.1200000 0.00
    HBP - Gonzalez (by Jason Isringhausen)
    Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Bell 30-22, Daniel Tillman 2-1, Scott Downs 3-3, Francisco Rodriguez 8-4, Kevin Jepsen 9-5, Jason Isringhausen 11-5, Jeremy Berg 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Bell 6-4, Scott Downs 1-2, Kevin Jepsen 2-1
    Batters Faced - Trevor Bell 18, Daniel Tillman 1, Scott Downs 3, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Kevin Jepsen 5, Jason Isringhausen 5, Jeremy Berg 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9613
    Game Time - 3:00
    Temperature - 79
    Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Rob Drake