Angels 15, Rangers 4

Colby Lewis was erratic in his first start in 10 days. None of

the other Texas Rangers pitcher were any better.

The Rangers also struggled in the field, failed to figure out

the Los Angeles Angels’ fill-in starter and suffered their first

home loss in a big way, 15-4 against their AL West rivals Tuesday


”It was a long night for us,” Rangers second baseman Ian

Kinsler said. ”Standing out there a while getting your butt kicked

is no fun.”

The Rangers had won their first seven home games in a season for

the first time, including the series-opening 7-1 victory Monday

night after returning from a nine-game road trip.

Now the Angels and Rangers are tied atop the AL West with 11-6

records going into the series finale Wednesday night.

Lewis (1-2), pitching for the first time after being the first

player ever to go on Major League Baseball’s paternity leave list,

gave up four runs in five innings.

”I felt great. I fell behind hitters, and they took advantage

of it, that was it,” Lewis said. ”It felt like the fastball

location was there and it would just go away. I felt like I was

just kind of fighting myself, trying to get the ball down in the

zone, only with the fastball.”

Lewis walked Maicer Izturis on five pitches to start the game,

then fielded Bobby Abreu’s comebacker and one-hopped the throw to

shortstop Elvis Andrus, who managed to gather the ball for the

force at second base but couldn’t turn the double play.

Alberto Callaspo drew the first of his two walks against Lewis

in the second, then moved to third after a wild pitch compounded by

catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s throwing error. Mark Trumbo followed

with a run-scoring single, the first of his four RBIs.

The only 1-2-3 inning for Lewis came in the third, before

Kinsler’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning tied the game. But

Lewis then walked Callaspo again in the fourth before Trumbo’s

towering homer put the Angels ahead to stay.

Izturis led off the fifth with his second homer of the season

for a 4-1 lead.

Lewis was home in California in time for his daughter’s birth

last Wednesday, four days after his previous start, then went on

the three-day paternity list Friday. He struck out three and walked


Texas managed only one run and three hits in six innings against

right-hander Matt Palmer (1-0), making his second start for injured

Scott Kazmir. Palmer struck out three and walked one.

The Rangers also had four errors, their most in a game since

five on July 29, 2008.

It was the Rangers’ biggest loss at home since a 17-4 loss to

Detroit on Sept. 17, 2008.

Mason Tobin took over for Lewis to start the sixth, and got only

one out while giving up three runs before leaving because of pain

in his right elbow. The rookie reliever is scheduled to have an MRI

on Wednesday.

Callaspo had a one-out single against Tobin and scored on

Trumbo’s double before Hank Conger walked.

”They were all over the bases all night,” Rangers manager Ron

Washington said.

Peter Bourjos greeted reliever Michael Kirkman with an RBI

single that got past left fielder David Murphy and rolled to the

wall, an error that allowed Conger and Bourjos to also score.

The bottom five hitters in the Angels lineup – Vernon Wells,

Callaspo and the trio of youngsters Trumbo, Conger and Bourjos –

combined for 12 runs, 13 hits and 11 RBIs. All had multiple hits

and only Wells failed to score multiple runs.

Trumbo and Bourjos had homers.

The Rangers were down only 3-1 when they loaded the bases with

one out in the fourth off Palmer. Torrealba then took a called

third strike and Mitch Moreland, who delivered a two-run single in

the same situation the previous night, hit an inning-ending


”In the fourth inning, we had our chance to get back in the

game,” Washington said. ”When we didn’t do that, it just went

downhill from there.”

Texas trailed 13-1 before Julio Borbon’s sacrifice fly in the

seventh. Torrealba homered in the ninth before Elvis Andrus had an

RBI double.

Notes: Before Callaspo walked in the fourth, Rangers 3B Adrian

Beltre barehanded a slow roller by Wells and made a strong throw

while falling down for the first out of that inning. … Texas has

lost five of seven games overall. … Heavy rain and some hail

started to fall about the same time the Angels were set to take

batting practice. The field was covered and the game started only

11 minutes late. The game-time temperature was 70 degrees, more

than 20 degrees cooler than when the Rangers were wrapping up their

BP about two hours earlier.