American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Texas|
(Saturday, May 12th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, Texas 2
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Kendrys Morales broke a seventh-inning tie
with a sacrifice fly, helping the visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat
the Texas Rangers, 4-2, in the middle installment of a three-game series.
Mark Trumbo belted a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth for the Angels,
who snapped a five-game losing streak to their AL West rivals.
"That's the way we need to play, play with some attitude cause that's how [the
Rangers] play," Trumbo said.
Los Angeles has won five of seven overall.
After rain cut short his outing last night, former Ranger C.J. Wilson did
something Saturday afternoon that hadn't been done in nearly a decade: start
Wilson faced only five batters before play was halted in the first inning
Friday night. He was charged with four runs and the loss. On Saturday, he
received a no-decision after allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in
5 2/3 innings.
David Carpenter (1-1) issued a walk to load the bases but recorded the final
out in the sixth to earn his first major league win.
Josh Hamilton clubbed his 18th homer of the season -- a solo blast off Wilson
-- for Texas, which suffered its second loss in six games.
Matt Harrison (4-3) was tagged for four runs on four hits in six-plus innings.
The Texas left-hander walked Torii Hunter with two outs in the fourth. Trumbo
followed with a drive to left field for a 2-0 Angels lead.
The Rangers tied the game with a run in the fifth and another in the sixth.
Wilson retired the first two batters in the fifth before hitting Mike Napoli
with an 0-2 pitch. Back-to-back singles by Brandon Snyder and Craig Gentry
Hamilton then crushed a 2-2 curveball to right field for his ninth home run in
his past six games.
In the seventh, Harrison walked the leadoff batter, Trumbo, and gave up a bunt
single to Howie Kendrick. Alexi Ogando relieved Harrison and Peter Bourjos
greeted him with a bunt single of his own to load the bases. A pinch-hitting
Morales put the Angels on top with a fly ball to left. Mike Trout lofted a sac
fly after a single by John Hester reloaded the bases.
"They were playing small-ball and they executed," Harrison said.
Ernesto Frieri tossed a 1-2-3 eighth for the Halos and got the first two outs
in the ninth after hitting Nelson Cruz. Scott Downs took the mound and struck
out David Murphy swinging to notch his third save.
Wilson became the first pitcher to start consecutive games since Aaron Myette
of the Rangers did it September 3-4, 2002...Hamilton extended his hitting
streak to 12 games...Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus went 0-for-3 to snap his
hitting streak at 11 games.
05/12 18:58:40 ET