American League Game Summary - Texas at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Monday, April 22nd)
Final Score: Texas 7, LA Angels of Anaheim 6
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo home run in the
ninth inning to lead the Texas Rangers in a 7-6 win over the LA Angels of
Anaheim to open a three-game set on Monday.
Pierzynski drove in two runs while Elvis Andrus went 3-for-5 with a run scored
for the Rangers, who have won four straight. Mitch Moreland added three hits
and an RBI and David Murphy scored twice in the win.
"I was just trying to get the bat on the barrel. I didn't think I got enough
of it but fortunately it did just get over the wall," Pierzynski said of his
Derek Holland was tagged for six runs on six hits with four walks and seven
strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Tanner Scheppers (2-0) gave up just one hit
over two innings to get the win and Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth
to pick up his sixth save of the season.
Howie Kendrick drove in two runs and scored twice while Josh Hamilton had a 4-
for-4 game with two runs scored for the Angels, who were coming off a three-
game sweep of the Detroit Tigers.
Joe Blanton gave up four runs on 12 hits in six-plus innings while Ernesto
Frieri (0-1) took the loss due to Pierzynski's home run.
"I made my pitch," Frieri said of Pierzynski's homer. "It was a little bit up,
outside, but yeah, I wanted to go outside, maybe a little bit low. But like I
said, he made a good swing on the ball and it went out."
Trailing by three runs in the seventh, the Rangers tied the game. The first
three batters reached base to load the bases and Pierzynski singled in one
with a hit to left. Nelson Cruz then hit a grounder to short that saw a force
out at second, but he beat the relay throw to first and another run scored.
Scott Downs then took over on the mound and Jeff Baker hit a high chopper that
Downs was unable to field and Adrian Beltre crossed the plate to tie the game.
Scheppers worked around a two-out single in the seventh then retired the
Angels in order in the eighth.
With two outs in the ninth and Frieri on the mound, Pierzynski clubbed the
first pitch he saw over the right field wall for his fourth home run of the
season and a 7-6 lead.
Nathan came on to close the game and gave up a leadoff single to Peter
Bourjos, but then set the next three batters down, striking out Mark Trumbo to
pick up his sixth save of the year.
The Rangers struck in the top of the first as back-to-back singles by Ian
Kinsler and Andrus was followed by grounder from Lance Berkman that saw Andrus
forced out at second, but the throw to first wasn't handled by Blanton and
Kinsler scored for a 1-0 lead.
In the second, three consecutive one-out singles scored a run as Leonys Martin
drove in Murphy for a 2-0 advantage.
The Angels, though, went on top in the fourth inning. Trumbo walked to lead
off and Hamilton followed with a single. Kendrick's double to center plated
both runners and he moved to third on a wild pitch. Chris Iannetta's sac fly
gave the team a 3-2 lead.
Texas tied the game in the sixth as Murphy hit a one-out double and Moreland
followed with an RBI two-bagger, but the Angels answered with three in the
With one out, Hamilton and Kendrick singled and Iannetta later doubled home
Hamilton. After Jason Frasor took the mound, Luis Jimenez smacked a single to
center for a 6-3 lead.
Before the game, the Angels placed pitcher Tommy Hanson on the bereavement
list and recalled pitcher David Carpenter from Salt Lake. Hanson will miss his
scheduled start in the series finale on Wednesday ... Texas took two of three
from Anaheim at home at the beginning of April ... Alexi Ogando pitches for
Texas on Tuesday while Jason Vargas takes the mound for the Angels.
04/23 03:35:07 ET