The Rangers hit five homers to give them 137 at home this
season, an AL record. Toronto held the previous mark with 134 at
SkyDome in 2000.
"It's quite a feat when you look at the players involved, not
only A-Rod and Raffy but Teixeira, Blalock, Young and Nix,"
manager Buck Showalter said. "You can really take pride in it."
It was Rodriguez's third multihomer game of the season and the
33rd of his career.
Despite all the homers, the Rangers could finish last in the AL
West for the fourth straight season because they are 27-48 on the
road. Texas is 43-37 at The Ballpark in Arlington.
The Rangers have the third-highest home run total at home in
major league history -- the Colorado Rockies had 149 in 1996 and 144
"It is great, but not if it doesn't cover our problems on the
road," Showalter said.
Colby Lewis (9-9) took advantage of the early run support to win
his third straight decision, retiring 15 straight from the second
through the sixth innings.
"At that point, you can go right after guys and you don't have
to worry about giving up a homer or a big hit," Lewis said.
Lewis allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings. He
struck out six and walked one.
Before the game, Lewis was bothered by spasms in his lower back,
but the back improved as the game went on.
"It loosened up in the sixth and seventh," Lewis said. "It's
just one of those things I had to battle through. I had to focus on
Einar Diaz and Nix had three hits each for the Rangers, who've
won five of six.
Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in the first on Kennedy's 13th homer.
Texas tied it at 2 in the second against Aaron Sele (7-11) on
RBI singles by Nix and Diaz.
The Rangers went on to load the bases, and Blalock followed with
his 28th homer for a 6-2 lead.
Texas chased Sele with two more hits in the third. Sele, coming
back from right shoulder surgery last year, allowed six runs and
seven hits over 2 2-3 innings.
"They're a club where if you get behind and have to go into the
zone, they're like sharks -- they smell blood," Angels manager Mike
In the fourth, Rodriguez connected for his first homer of the
night, and Teixeira hit his 24th, both off Kevin Gregg, to make it
In the sixth, Rodriguez's second homer, Shane Spencer's
run-scoring double and Diaz's RBI groundout extended the lead to
Amezaga's second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the eighth
off Reynaldo Garcia, pulled Anaheim to 12-4.
Palmeiro hit his 36th homer leading off the eighth to make it
Anaheim LF Garret Anderson was a late scratch from the
lineup due to tightness in his lower back. Eric Owens started in
left field, and Kennedy moved up from seventh to third in the
order. ... Sele matched his shortest outing of the season. He's
lasted 2 2-3 innings three times. ... Angels C Jose Molina left
during an at-bat in the fifth inning due to a sprained left
shoulder. Molina sustained the injury in a home plate collision
with Palmeiro in the second inning. Scioscia said Molina would miss
a few games. ... Rodriguez has 10 homers against Anaheim, tying a
single-season club record against an opponent. Palmeiro had 10
against Seattle in 2001.