ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Garret Anderson, Orlando Cabrera and
Juan Rivera homered, and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Texas
Rangers 7-6 Saturday night.
Scot Shields (10-11) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief
for the AL West champions, who won for the 13th time in 15 games.
The Angels (94-67) are a game behind AL East champion New York
(95-66) for the league's second-best record.
Los Angeles played without outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, who was
given the night off. Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game
that the 2004 AL MVP will play Sunday to tune up for the
The Angels nearly blew a five-run lead. Mark Teixeira's RBI
triple off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth made it 7-6, but
Rodriguez got Alfonso Soriano to ground out for his 44th save in 49
chances, including 17th straight.
Soriano hit a three-run homer in the sixth to bring Texas within
6-4, but he also struck out against Shields with runners on second
and third and two outs in the seventh.
Jason Botts led off the seventh with a single and Michael Young
walked one out later. After Teixeira struck out, Hank Blalock had
an RBI double off Jason Christiansen that cut Los Angeles' lead to
6-5 before Shields fanned Soriano.
Los Angeles starter Jarrod Washburn threw two perfect innings
before being relieved by Kevin Gregg to start the third. An Angels
spokesman reported no injury for Washburn, who is the likely to
start the third game of the playoffs.
Texas (79-82) has posted five losing seasons in the past six
Anderson, who had three hits, hit a two-run homer in the first
to highlight a four-run first off Texas starter Juan Dominguez.
Dominguez (4-6) gave up four runs in a career-low two-thirds of an
Cabrera homered leading off the fifth and Rivera added a solo
shot in the eighth.
After Anderson's homer, Casey Kotchman added an RBI single to
make it 4-0.
The Angels then loaded the bases off Dominguez. Texas manager
Buck Showalter went to the bullpen and replaced Dominguez with
After Cabrera led off the fourth with a home run, Darin Erstad
had an RBI single to give Los Angeles a 6-1 cushion.
Figgins set an Angels record for hits by a switch-hitter
with 185. Johnny Ray had the mark with 184 hits in 1988. ... Texas'
Michael Young, who leads the AL in batting average, went hitless
for a second straight game after hitting in 25 straight games.