American League Game Summary - Texas at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Thursday, September 20th)
Final Score: Texas 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in
the top of the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers downed the LA Angels of
Anaheim, 3-1, in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Michael Young led off the ninth with a single before Beltre clubbed a 2-1
Ernesto Frieri (3-2) hanging slider over the short wall in left field.
"I faced Frieri a couple of times before and I didn't have much luck. Tonight,
he threw me a breaking ball over the plate and it went over the fence," Beltre
It was Frieri's second loss of the week. He allowed two home runs in the
Angels' 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Joe Nathan worked a scoreless bottom half and notched his 34th save of the
Yu Darvish (16-9), who has won four straight decisions to go along with a
minuscule 1.46 ERA, fanned nine and surrendered a run on just four hits over
Zack Greinke struck out eight and allowed just a run on five hits in eight
innings for the Angels, who fell 4 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics and
Baltimore Orioles for the two AL wild-card spots.
"Zack pitched well, losses are tough now. They're tough anytime. The guys know
they have to come out the next game with a sense of purpose," Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said.
The Rangers struck first in the fifth.
Back-to-back singles by Nelson Cruz and David Murphy put runners on the
corners with no outs before Cruz scored on Geovany Soto's sacrifice fly to
But the Angels got the run back in the sixth.
Mark Trumbo and Chris Iannetta smacked consecutive singles to center field,
which put runners on first and third with none away. After Mike Trout struck
out, pinch-runner Peter Bourjos, replacing Trumbo, scampered home when Torii
Hunter grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop.
This is the first time in 11 meetings this season that the winning team did
not score at least six runs ... Darvish improved to 3-1 this year against the
Angels ... The season series is tied, 8-8.
09/21 01:30:35 ET