ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Michael Young hit a tiebreaking
three-run triple and Chan Ho Park become the first Texas starter to
win this season, leading the Texas Rangers over the Los Angeles
Angels 7-5 on Wednesday night.
Park (1-0) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings,
struck out six and walked one. He had been 3-6 with a 5.38 ERA in
14 starts against the Angels, including 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA last
Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-5 to help the Rangers to their first
victory in three home games this season.
With the game tied at 1, the Rangers loaded the bases against
Paul Byrd (0-2) with two outs in the fifth on singles by Kevin
Mench and Soriano, and a walk to Hank Blalock. Young hit a liner
over center fielder Steve Finley, and Mark Teixeira followed with
an RBI double for a 5-1 lead.
Byrd gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings.
Soriano's RBI single in the eighth extended the Rangers' lead to
AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero, who bruised his right knee when he was
hit by a throw while stealing third base Tuesday, went 1-for-4 as a
designated hitter, extending his hitting streak against Texas to 24
games, the longest active streak in the majors against one team.
Park was sharp from the start, retiring his first eight batters,
five on strikeouts before Chone Figgins' third-inning homer. The
Rangers tied it in the third when David Dellucci walked, stole
second and scored on Rod Barajas' single.
The Angels had won four of the five meetings with the
Rangers this season. ... Texas manager Buck Showalter has used
eight different lineups in the first nine games. ... Young has at
least one hit in all nine games this season. ... Texas relievers
had five blown saves in their first seven appearances.