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Darvish K's 11, Rangers top Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A trip back to Angel Stadium cures anything that might be wrong with Mike Napoli's swing.

Napoli homered twice in yet another impressive game against his former team, Yu Darvish struck out 11 over seven strong innings, and the Texas Rangers battered struggling Angels starter Ervin Santana for a 9-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday.

Napoli, Yorvit Torrealba and Adrian Beltre homered during Texas' five-run second inning, chasing Santana (4-10) after just 13 batters. Napoli, who had three hits in Friday's series opener, added another homer off reliever David Carpenter in the third.

Although he returned to Anaheim enmeshed in a monthlong slump, the All-Star catcher just won't stop beating up on the franchise that drafted him and then traded him to Toronto in January 2011 for Vernon Wells, the high-priced outfielder who has been a big disappointment for the Angels.

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"When I come here and do well, it definitely feels good inside," Napoli said.

Napoli has done a bit better than well in his return visits to the Rangers' AL West rivals, who again dropped six games behind Texas in the division race after winning Friday's opener. Napoli has hit safely in 13 of his 14 games at Angel Stadium since the trade, with a jaw-dropping eight homers, 12 RBIs and nine multi-hit games.

Napoli, who was in an 8-for-47 skid over the previous 14 games, acknowledges a familiarity with the Angels' starting rotation. He still can't explain why he crushes almost everything he sees here.

"Just catching all these guys, I have an idea of what they like to do, but they're going to try to attack my weaknesses and mix things up," Napoli said. "I go in there knowing they're going to be tough on me. There's that extra competitive thing against your friends."

Darvish (11-6) had little trouble holding an early seven-run lead in the Japanese All-Star's first victory of July, yielding three hits and four walks. Staked to a first-inning lead for a change, he avoided the slow starts that have plagued him during a strong rookie season.

Darvish has struck out a career-high 11 four times this season. He set a Rangers rookie record with his sixth double-digit strikeout game, fanning every Angels starter except Alberto Callaspo.

"Some of the problems I've been having in the first inning, I paid particular attention to," Darvish said through a translator. "Beating a very good offensive team like the Angels naturally gives you confidence."

Torrealba had three hits in his return from paternity leave, while Ian Kinsler homered and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who have won six of nine.

Mike Trout had an RBI single and later scored a run in his 13th straight game for the Angels, tying the franchise record and the AL rookie record. Los Angeles managed just four hits.

Santana's latest awful start deflated another showdown between the AL West's top teams after the Angels gained ground on Texas for the first time since July 5 in the opener.

Santana gave up eight hits and six runs before leaving the Angel Stadium mound to loud boos from the same crowd that watched him throw a one-hitter last month. The Angels are 4-15 in starts by the Dominican right-hander, who has yielded 23 homers already this season, capped by Beltre's 18th in the second inning.

"They jumped on every pitch that I threw early, but it happens," Santana said. "I just have to keep positive and keep pitching. If I knew what was wrong, I'd make an adjustment. I'm just doing the best I can right now. Every bullpen I throw, I'm getting better and better, but I'm not getting good results yet."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia refused to indicate whether Santana's rotation spot is in danger.

"We have a lot of confidence in what Ervin can do, and he has shown it at times this year," Scioscia said. "Just last week, he pitched a terrific game in Detroit to give us a chance to win. This, obviously, was not what we were looking for this afternoon."

Michael Young's RBI single was among Texas' three hits in the first inning. Napoli and Torrealba led off the second with back-to-back homers, followed by consecutive doubles by Craig Gentry and Kinsler.

The Rangers activated Torrealba before the game, and the catcher finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in his first game in six days. Kinsler added a two-run shot in the eighth off Hisanori Takahashi.

Trout drove in the Angels' first run in the third inning, and he matched Jim Edmonds' franchise record from 1995 when he scored on Hunter's fifth-inning single. Trout is the first AL rookie to score in 13 straight games since Don Lenhardt in 1950 -- and he got in scoring position with his 22nd consecutive stolen base.

Notes

  • Darvish has double-digit strikeouts in four of his last six starts.
  • Angels SS Erick Aybar left the game in the eighth inning after bruising his right big toe with a foul ball.
  • Los Angeles optioned OF Kole Calhoun to the minors after the game to make room for Dan Haren's return from the DL on Sunday to start the series finale against 12-game winner Matt Harrison.
 
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Rangers starter Yu Darvish goes seven innings for the win, striking out 11 for the fourth time this year.  (AP)
Rangers starter Yu Darvish goes seven innings for the win, striking out 11 for the fourth time this year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

Y. Darvish
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 4
K 11
 
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5223012 .274
Elvis Andrus, SS5120001 .292
Josh Hamilton, LF5010013 .298
Adrian Beltre, 3B5112001 .319
Michael Young, 1B5011000 .268
Nelson Cruz, RF4010112 .263
Mike Napoli, DH4222101 .236
Yorvit Torrealba, C5131003 .225
Craig Gentry, CF4220002 .344
Totals42915923  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (27, Santana), Yorvit Torrealba (8, Carpenter), Craig Gentry (10, Santana)
HR - Ian Kinsler (11, Takahashi), Adrian Beltre (18, Santana), Mike Napoli 2 (14, Santana, Carpenter), Yorvit Torrealba (3, Santana)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (46), Adrian Beltre 2 (61), Michael Young (37), Mike Napoli 2 (33), Yorvit Torrealba (12)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre 2 (27), Michael Young (19)
SB - Nelson Cruz (7, 2nd base off Hawkins/Hester)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Kinsler
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,11-6) 73224110 3.88
Alexi Ogando 1000020 2.17
Joe Nathan 1100000 2.11
HBP - Hester (by Yu Darvish)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 117-75, Alexi Ogando 12-8, Joe Nathan 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 4-5, Joe Nathan 2-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 28, Alexi Ogando 3, Joe Nathan 4
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF-LF3111111 .354
Torii Hunter, RF4011022 .267
Albert Pujols, 1B4000023 .278
    Peter Bourjos, CF0000000 .232
Mark Trumbo, LF-1B4000020 .303
Kendrys Morales, DH4010030 .277
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3010100 .252
Howard Kendrick, 2B3000113 .273
Erick Aybar, SS2100111 .257
    Maicer Izturis, SS1000001 .229
John Hester, C1000010 .217
   a- Kole Calhoun, PH1000001 .200
    Bobby Wilson, C0000000 .197
Totals30242413  
a-grounded out for Hester in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Mike Trout (47), Torii Hunter (40)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (17)
SB - Mike Trout (31, 2nd base off Darvish/Torrealba), Howard Kendrick (7, 2nd base off Darvish/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (L,4-10) 1.2866003 6.00
David Carpenter 4311021 3.55
LaTroy Hawkins 1.1200110 1.90
Hisanori Takahashi 2222101 4.37
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 47-30, David Carpenter 52-32, LaTroy Hawkins 31-18, Hisanori Takahashi 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-2, David Carpenter 3-7, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Hisanori Takahashi 2-4
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 13, David Carpenter 15, LaTroy Hawkins 7, Hisanori Takahashi 9
Game Information
Attendance - 39086
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jerry Meals