Angels 15, Rangers 4
The trio of youngsters at the bottom of the Los Angeles Angels’
lineup can hit and score. Their fill-in starting pitcher was also
Rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo homered and drove in four runs
with three hits, Hank Conger had two hits and scored twice and No.
9 hitter Peter Bourjos had a homer among his four hits as the
Angels broke out for a 15-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on
”Guys in the dugout were talking about how good the young guys
are doing,” said Matt Palmer, the Angels’ starter who limited
Texas to one run and three hits over six innings.
It was the first home loss for the defending American League
Add in veterans Alberto Callaspo and Vernon Wells with the
bottom trio, and the Angels’ last five hitters combined for 12
runs, 13 hits and 11 RBIs. All had multiple hits and only Wells
failed to score more than once.
”This was obviously a breakout offensive night,” manager Mike
Scioscia said. ”They were hitting the ball to all parts of the
Conger is a rookie catcher and Bourjos just misses out on being
classified as a rookie this year since he made his major league
debut with 51 games last season after being called up in
Leadoff hitter Maicer Izturis homered for the Angels, who have
won 10 of their last 13 games.
Los Angeles and Texas are tied atop the AL West with 11-6
records. The finale of their three-game series is Wednesday
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.
Colby Lewis (1-2), pitching for the first time in 10 days after
being the first player ever to go on Major League Baseball’s
paternity leave list, gave up four runs in five erratic
”I felt great. I fell behind hitters, and they took advantage
of it, that was it,” Lewis said.
Palmer (1-0), a right-hander making his second start for injured
Scott Kazmir, struck out three and walked one.
”It was a great effort by Matt. He had the ball moving on both
sides of the plate,” Scioscia said. ”He just pitched. That’s good
Lewis walked 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.
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. Trumbo followed with an
The only 1-2-3 inning for Lewis came in the third, before Ian
Kinsler’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning tied the game. But
Lewis 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
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
Callaspo had a one-out single off Tobin and scored on Trumbo’s
double before Conger walked.
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 score.
”They were all over the bases all night,” Rangers manager Ron
Bourjos, in a 5-for-30 slump before three hits Monday night,
added a two-run homer in the seventh for a 13-1 lead.
”It’s only April, but you want to come back and stay with
them,” Bourjos said. ”They have a good offense. … Tonight, it
was our night.”
Kazmir, sidelined by lower back soreness since giving up five
runs in 1 2-3 innings in his only start this season April 3, threw
three innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday.
Scioscia said the left-hander threw only fastballs and that his
velocity picked up during the outing. Kazmir is expected to throw
again in four or five days.
Before Callaspo walked in the fourth, Rangers third baseman
Adrian Beltre barehanded a slow roller by Wells and made a strong
throw while falling down for the first out of that inning.
Notes: The Angels designated INF Brandon Wood for assignment,
clearing a roster spot so SS Erick Aybar can be reinstated from the
DL Wednesday. … Texas had four errors, its most since five on
July 29, 2008. … Izturis, the leadoff hitter, is 12 for 21 (.571)
in the five games on the trip. He had multiple hits the first four
games, but did walk twice to go with his homer. … 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 2 hours earlier.