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Pujols, Kendrick homer in Angels' win over Rangers


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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) It took the Los Angeles Angels 4 1/2 months to catch the Oakland Athletics and move into first place in the American League West.

Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick homered to give the Angels an early lead on the way to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

The Angels (72-49) are alone in first place in the AL West for the first time since 2011, but they are only two percentage points ahead the Athletics, who lost at Atlanta on Saturday.

''We haven't accomplished anything yet,'' Pujols said. ''Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. When we accomplish our goal, then we can talk about it.''

With his team in fifth place, Rangers manager Ron Washington talked about the division race.

''I think it's going to come down to who continues to pitch well,'' he said.

The Angels finished 78-84 and in third place during an injury-plagued 2013 season.

''It definitely feels good to be on the track we hoped to be on last year,'' manager Mike Scioscia said.

One reason for their improvement to the best record in the major leagues is a better bullpen.

Huston Street worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 33rd save in 34 opportunities. It was the second straight night the Rangers rallied before losing 5-4.

Los Angeles has won nine in a row over Texas, tying the series record set during the 1985 season and matched a year later.

Street hasn't allowed a run in 12 games with the Angels since being acquired from San Diego on July 18.

''He's just a bona fide closer,'' Scioscia said. ''He has created an opportunity for us to shorten the game by moving (Kevin) Jepsen up to the seventh inning, and Joe Smith up to the eighth.''

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker (11-4) pitched three perfect innings before Shin-Soo Choo led off the fourth with a home run, but by that time, the Angels led 5-0.

Kendrick added two singles in a 3-for-4 night. Kole Calhoun had a single and a double for the Angels, and Erick Aybar had two singles.

Pujols hit a solo homer in the first against starter Colby Lewis (8-10). Kendrick hit another solo shot in the second.

Los Angeles' Chris Iannetta doubled home another run in the second, and Calhoun singled to drive in two more in the fourth. Both hits, like Pujols' homer, were with two out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Los Angeles activated RHP Mike Morin (left foot laceration) from the disabled list. He pitched an inning in relief.

Rangers: Rios made his fourth consecutive start after aggravating a sprained right ankle on Aug. 10. RHP Yu Darvish (inflamed elbow) won't travel with the team to Miami on Monday, and will continue treatment in Arlington.

UP NEXT

The teams' three-game series concludes on Sunday. Angels LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 5.84) defeated the Rangers 15-6 on July 10 in Arlington. Texas RHP Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.29) last faced the Angels on July 11, when he lost 3-0.

SLUMPING

Rangers 1B J.P. Arencibia had been 0-for-19 before his run-scoring single in the fourth. RF Alex Rios was 0-for-16 before his two-run single in the seventh. LF Jim Adduci went 0-for-4, and is in an 0-for-20 slide. Angels CF Mike Trout went 0 for 5, extending his skid to 0 for 15.

HOT HOT HOT

Calhoun stretched his hitting streak to a season-high seven games. In six of those games, he has had multiple hits. He is batting .441 (15-for-34) during the streak. Calhoun has five RBIs in the series' first two games.

Texas CF Leonys Martin is 10-for-20 (.500) in his last five games, including two singles on Saturday.

SUPERLATIVES

Lewis struck out 10 batters for the first time since June 17, 2012. The 10-year veteran's career high is 12, posted May 10, 2012.

Kendrick's home run was his ninth in Arlington - the most he has hit in any road ballpark.

 
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S. Choo
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
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H. Kendrick
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R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Kole Calhoun, RF5022011.295.349.491
Mike Trout, CF5000023.289.377.560
Albert Pujols, 1B4111010.271.326.478
Josh Hamilton, LF4010030.266.339.414
Howie Kendrick, 2B4231000.285.342.380
Erick Aybar, SS4220000.266.307.376
David Freese, 3B3000013.258.328.363
   John McDonald, 3B0000000.152.240.167
Brennan Boesch, DH4000014.125.154.167
Chris Iannetta, C4011023.268.365.416
Matt Shoemaker, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Morin, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Smith, P0000000.000.000.000
   Huston Street, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals375105011    
Batting
2B - Kole Calhoun (22, Lewis), Josh Hamilton (17, Lewis), Chris Iannetta (19, Lewis)
HR - Albert Pujols (23, Lewis), Howie Kendrick (5, Lewis)
RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (39), Albert Pujols (74), Howie Kendrick (51), Chris Iannetta (33)
2-OUT RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (20), Albert Pujols (19), Chris Iannetta (12)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Shoemaker (W,11-4) 5.2422161 3.84
Mike Morin (H,7) 1122010 2.72
Jason Grilli (H,7) 0.1200000 3.66
Joe Smith (H,14) 1000000 2.16
Huston Street (S,33) 1000000 0.80
WP - Mike Morin (3)
HBP - Chirinos (by Matt Shoemaker), Choo (by Mike Morin)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Shoemaker 96-64, Mike Morin 24-15, Jason Grilli 6-3, Joe Smith 13-9, Huston Street 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Shoemaker 3-8, Jason Grilli 1-0, Joe Smith 1-2, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Shoemaker 23, Mike Morin 5, Jason Grilli 3, Joe Smith 3, Huston Street 3
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4211011.243.341.374
Elvis Andrus, SS4010021.272.321.344
Alex Rios, RF4012010.285.314.401
Adrian Beltre, 3B3100102.319.374.500
Leonys Martin, CF4020000.262.318.359
J.P. Arencibia, 1B3011011.178.242.384
   a-Mike Carp, PH-1B1000000.187.313.252
Jim Adduci, LF4000002.176.234.247
Robinson Chirinos, C3110010.237.279.424
Rougned Odor, 2B4000012.251.289.378
Colby Lewis, P0000000.400.400.400
   Phil Klein, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neal Cotts, P0000000.000.000.000
   Roman Mendez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3447417    
a-flied out for Arencibia in the 8th
Batting
2B - Robinson Chirinos (13, Morin)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (12, Shoemaker)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (39), Alex Rios 2 (49), J.P. Arencibia (29)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (17), J.P. Arencibia (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
E - J.P. Arencibia (4, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
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Colby Lewis (L,8-10) 610550102 5.52
Phil Klein 1000010 2.70
Neal Cotts 1000000 3.57
Roman Mendez 1000000 1.40
HBP - Freese (by Colby Lewis)
Pitches-Strikes - Colby Lewis 105-80, Phil Klein 12-8, Neal Cotts 5-4, Roman Mendez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Colby Lewis 2-6, Neal Cotts 2-1, Roman Mendez 2-1
Batters Faced - Colby Lewis 29, Phil Klein 3, Neal Cotts 3, Roman Mendez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32209
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Chris Guccione