ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Just when it seems the Anaheim Angels
might have run out of comebacks, they pull out another improbable
The Angels trailed 4-2 in the ninth and 5-4 in the 10th.
``That was awesome to come back like that,'' said Tim Salmon,
who hit a solo homer in the ninth to tie it. ``Maybe it's just
meant to be. Things are going our way. It's just one of those
things where the guys here are on a roll.''
Irabu (2-5) is not on a roll. He has given up six home runs in
his last three outings. He is 1-3 in his last five outings and has
only converted one save during that span. Irabu allowed five runs
in 1 1/3 innings against the Angels.
A starter for most of his career, Irabu said he is having
trouble adjusting to the new role.
``This is a different situation,'' Irabu said through a
translator. ``I have never been a member of a bullpen. Maybe
physically my body may not be fit for this role.''
Brad Fullmer and Salmon hit consecutive home runs in the bottom
of the ninth off Irabu, tying it at 4.
For the Angels, who have won 17 of 21, it was their 18th
comeback victory in 34 wins this season.
Texas manager Jerry Narron said Irabu's problems are with the
location of his pitches.
``He's not locating his fastball like earlier,'' Narron said.
``He's got to go back to that. Earlier he was painting the corners
down and away, you could book it. Now he's just not there.''
But Narron isn't giving up.
``We'll just have to see how he continues,'' he said.
In his last five outings, Irabu is 1-2 with one save and two
Al Levine (3-1) got the victory despite giving up Perry's
Gonzalez led off the second inning with a drive to left field,
breaking a tie with Al Kaline for 34th place on the career homer
list. Gonzalez became the first player from Puerto Rico to reach
Rodriguez hit a line shot to left-center leading off the fourth
against Jarrod Washburn.
Ismael Valdes, who left the Angels in the offseason as a free
agent, held them to five hits in seven innings. After giving up two
runs in the second, he retired 15 of his last 16 hitters.
Jason Romano hit an RBI double in the seventh to put the Rangers
Anaheim scored twice in the second inning on RBI singles by
Orlando Palmeiro and Adam Kennedy. It could have been more, but
Fullmer was thrown out at home and Kennedy was caught stealing to
end the inning.
The Angels signed their No. 1 draft choice, LHP Joe
Saunders. He was the 12th player picked Tuesday. ... The Rangers
put CF Carl Everett on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June
3 because of a strained hamstring. OF Ryan Ludwick was called up
from Triple-A Oklahoma. Ludwick made his major league debut in
right field in the 10th inning.