Angels Use Dramatic 6-Run Inning To End Rangers' Streak, Remain In Contention

The Angels scored 6 runs in the 6th to come from behind and stun the Rangers 9-8

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Angels Use Dramatic 6-Run Inning To End Rangers' Streak, Stay In Contention

Using a six run 6th inning, the Angels made a dramatic come-from-behind 9-8 victory Wednesday night to end the Texas Rangers’ 12-game winning streak, and to keep themselves in contention in the AL West. Howie Kendrick drove in the go-ahead run with a two out, bases loaded single to score Bobby Abreu and Alberto Callaspo. It was Kendrick’s second bases loaded hit of the night, after giving the Angels an early 2-1 lead by driving in Torii Hunter and Abreu in the first inning.

Torii Hunter got his first hit since the all-star break with a 3rd inning home run. It was Hunter’s 12th home run of the season, and ended a 0-18 stretch following the break.

The game appeared out of reach for the Halos after Texas scored five times in the 5th to take a 8-3 lead. Hits by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young put the Rangers up by three, but when Vernon Wells lost Yorvit Torrealba’s line drive in the lights scoring two more, the Rangers had put 5 runs on the board and the game was all but over.

The miracle 6th was started by Kendrick when he led off the inning with a double to deep center. Mark Trumbo singled to center, scoring Kendrick and advanced to third on Bobby Wilson’s ground out. Mike Trout then hit a routine groundball to Ranger’s strong-armed shortstop Elvis Andrus for what typically is an out, except Trout’s speed allowed him to beat the throw to first scoring Trumbo and keeping the inning alive. Erick Aybar drew the Angels to within 2 with a line-drive double to center scoring Trout. After a Hunter groundout, Abreu singled to right plating Aybar, and the Angels were down by just one run. A walk to Wells and another hustling infield single by Callaspo loaded the bases, setting the stage for Kendrick’s second bases load hit of the night.

Hisanori Takahashi (3-2) recorded the win after relieving starter Dan Haren in the 5th. Haren lasted just 4.1 inning, giving up a season high 7 runs on nine hits. Scott Downs pitched a perfect two innings leading up to Jordan Walden’s 22nd save of the season. Walden struck out Nelson Cruz with the tying run on third to preserve the Angels’ victory. Walden’s 22 saves ties the rookie record for saves in a season set by Ken Tatum in 1969.

The win returns the Angels to 4 games behind the division leading Rangers. The final game of the three game series will be Thursday’s 12:35 game featuring Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson.

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Angels Relying On Haren, Starting Pitching To Keep Them In Contention Wednesday Night

The Angels have relied on great starting throughout the first half of the 2011 season to stay in contention, and they will continue that trend Wednesday night when they send Dan Haren to the mound to face the Texas Rangers in the second game of their 3-game set.  After being shutout by the Rangers Tuesday night, the Halos will look to Haren will to end the Rangers' 12-game winning streak and to keep the Angels from falling further behind in the standings.  With last night's win, the Rangers have a season high 5-game lead in the AL West.

Haren (10-6, 2.75 ERA), who recently had his personal 4-game win streak snapped in Oakland over the weekend, will be making his second against Texas this season.  Back on May 14th, the right-hander went 7.2 innings in the Halos' win in Texas, allowing one run on six hits.  In his career, Haren is 4-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 14 starts against Texas.

The Angels will need a dominating start from Haren as their offense hasn't returned from the all-star break.  Torii Hunter has gone 0 for 18 since the break, while Howie Kendrick has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats since appearing in this season's all-star game.  Prior to the break, Kendrick had just had his 18-game hit streak snapped against Seattle.

Looking to extend their 12-game streak, the Rangers turn to Derek Holland.  Holland (8-4, 4.32 ERA) will look to also extend his own shutout streak of 18 innings when he takes the mound against the Angels.  The left-hander has thrown back-to-back shutouts in his last two starts, allowing just 9 hits and striking out fifteen.

The Rangers have allowed just 2 runs over the last 6 games, and have outscored their opponents 77 to 24 during their current streak.  The Angels on the other hand are 1-4 since the all-star break and have scored 11 runs while allowing 27.

Who's Hot - Last 14 Days:
Alberto Callaspo - 11 for his last 29 (.379)
Erick Aybar - 11 for his last 34 (.324), 2 HR
Mark Trumbo - 10 for his last 35 (.286), 2 2B, 5 HR, 7 RBI

Elvis Andrus - 15 for his last 37 (.405)
Mike Napoli - 12 for his last 24 (.500), 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI
Eddy Chavez - 11 for his last 25 (.440)
Josh Hamilton - 12 for his last 38 (.316), 4 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
Ian Kinsler - 14 for his last 43 (.326), 5 2B, 3 HR

Who's Cold - Last 14 Days:
Bobby Abreu - 5 for his last 32 (.156)
Maicer Izturis - 2 for his last 25 (.080)
Howie Kendrick - 5 for his last 33 (.152)
Mike Trout - 3 for his last 24 (.125)

Nelson Cruz - 6 for his last 37 (.162), 10K
Mitch Moreland - 6 for his lat 33 (.182)

Game time is 7:05 (PDT) and will be show on Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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