Angels Fall Behind Early, Comeback Falls Short As Rangers Win Again

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Angels Drop Finale In Texas, 6-4

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Josh Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI and Tommy Hunter stayed undefeated on the year, as Texas pulled out a 6-4 victory over the American League West rival Angels.

The Angels made big news on Sunday by acquiring three-time All-Star pitcher Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it was the Rangers that did their talking on their field by taking three of four in the series to increase their division lead to seven games.

Hunter (8-0) lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits for Texas, while Nelson Cruz and Michael Young each had two hits and an RBI.

Torii Hunter and Hideki Matsui each homered, while Trevor Bell (1-2), making his first start of the season and fifth of his career, surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3 1/3 innings for the Angels, who have lost four of their last five overall.

Hamilton came up with two on in the first inning and sent a gapper to right that plated Young and Ian Kinsler for the early lead.

Torii Hunter took Tommy Hunter deep leading off the next inning, but the latter set down 15 of the next 16 batters as his offense built a 6-1 edge.

Hamilton drove home Kinsler again with an opposite-field base hit in the third, Chris Davis doubled home David Murphy as inning later and Cruz’s two- out, run-scoring single off Francisco Rodriguez in the fifth made it a four- run game.

Young singled off Scot Shields to plate Davis in the sixth, pushing the lead to five, though the Angels got within three on Matsui’s blast in the seventh. Bobby Abreu walked ahead of the homer.

Darren O’Day recorded the final two outs of the seventh, and Frank Francisco stranded a runner on second in the eighth.

Neftali Feliz made things interesting in the ninth, giving up consecutive singles to start the inning and allowing an RBI groundout off the bat of Alberto Callaspo. The hard-throwing closer, however, closed the door by retiring Howie Kendrick and Juan Rivera to notch his AL-leading 28th save.

Hunter began the season on the disabled list and has pitched at least six innings in nine of his 10 starts since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 5. The only Rangers right-hander who has ever posted more consecutive winning starts than Hunter’s eight was Bobby Witt, who won a club record 12 straight decisions in 1990…The Angels sent pitchers Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin and Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named later to Arizona for Haren…The Rangers outhit the Angels, 13-6.

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Tonight's Angels-Rangers Lineups

Here are tonight’s lineups for the finale of the four-game series in Arlington:

Angels
Aybar SS
Izturis 2B
Abreu RF
Hunter CF
Matsui DH
Callaspo 3B
Kendrick 1B
Rivera LF
Mathis C

Rangers
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Kinsler 2B
Guerrero DH
Hamilton CF
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Molina C
Davis 1B
Hunter P

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Angels Look For Split in Texas

(Sports Network) - Tommy Hunter will try to remain flawless on the season when he takes the hill for the Texas Rangers this evening in the finale of a four- game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Hunter began the season on the disabled list for Texas, and once healthy enough to return the Rangers opted to send the young hurler to Triple-A Oklahoma City. After a few months in the minors Hunter was called up on June 5 and since then the right-hander has been outstanding.

The Indiana native has won seven of his first nine starts, and with the exception of one outing the crafty hurler has tossed six or more innings in each of those contests.

The last time Hunter was in action the 24-year-old tossed seven scoreless innings against Detroit, scattering three hits, while also recording three strike outs.

Hunter has been marvelous at home thus far, winning five of his six games in Arlington, while posting an equally impressive 2.25 ERA. However, against the Angels Hunter has struggled mightily in his career, losing both starts, while accumulating an atrocious 9.82 earned run average.

As for the Angels they will look towards their bullpen for their starter this afternoon, as Trevor Bell will take the hill for the Halos. Bell, who has appeared in 15 games this season as a reliever, will be making his first start of the season and just the fifth in his career.

Bell has been rather inconsistent out of the bullpen for the Angels and comes into this matchup with a lackluster 6.05 earned run average. On top of that, the right-hander has struggled against Texas, suffering a loss in both his career appearances against the divisional foe.

One of those losses came this season, as the California native allowed one run on three hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work.

Yesterday, Ervin Santana was on top of his game in eight solid innings on the hill, as the Angels pulled out a much-needed 6-2 win.

Santana (9-7) came in with a 6.06 earned-run average in 16 career starts against the Rangers but silenced the division leaders to two runs on five hits and two walks, finishing with eight strikeouts.

Erick Aybar went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Jeff Mathis went 2- for-4 with a solo homer and Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs for the Angels, who recorded 13 hits to help snap a three-game slide.

Michael Young and Nelson Cruz each belted a solo home run, while Scott Feldman (5-9) was touched for three runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Rangers, who had won consecutive one-run contests to start the series and still lead the Angels by six games.

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