Anaheim Angels Team Report - July 28
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(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Angels picked up a win on Tuesday evening against the Texas Rangers. Texas leads the AL West by 1 1/2 games over Oakland, while Anaheim trails the Rangers by four games. Bartolo Colon threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball to lead Anaheim to a 2-0 victory over Texas and even the series at one game apiece. Colon (9-8) struck out eight and walked two. The righthander struck out six of the first seven batters he faced and allowed only a two-out single in the third inning to Michael Young. Colon has won his last four starts with an ERA of 1.67 in that span. Robb Quinlan and Jose Guillen each drove in a run for the Angels. Francisco Rodriguez struck out two during a 1-2-3 eighth and Troy Percival set the Rangers down in order in the ninth for his 299th career save and 16 of this season. The teams were involved in a pre-game melee with Anaheim's Adam Kennedy and Texas' Gerald Laird the main combatants. The two players, who exchanged words during Monday's game and had to be separated, continued their verbal war during batting practice Tuesday. The Angels were finishing batting practice Tuesday and Kennedy was standing behind the cage. Laird came over and said something and moments later the two were in a tussle. All the players joined in a pushing, shoving and grabbing match before order was restored. The Angels send John Lackey to the mound tonight and hope the righthander can pick up his second straight victory. Lackey won last Friday in Seattle after allowing two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of action. The 25-year-old Lackey has eight career starts against the Rangers and is 2-5 with a 5.55 ERA in those outings.