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Padilla, Rangers deal setback to Angels' playoff hopes

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas pitcher Vicente Padilla had a lot
calmer outing against the Los Angeles Angels than in his last start
against them.

Padilla (14-9) pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to
match his career high in wins and the Rangers beat the Angels 8-1
on Sunday.

On Aug. 15 against the Angels, Padilla was ejected for hitting
two batters and nearly plunking a third.

That was a preface to a contentious game the following day when
there was a bench-clearing brawl and four ejections between the AL
West rivals. Both managers and five players (three Angels, two
Rangers) were later suspended.

This four-game series ended without a major incident as Padilla
did not hit a batter Sunday.

"I know it's something that's been talked about," Showalter
said. "But it really wasn't on our minds. Everybody made their
point and it's all behind us."

Gary Matthews Jr. and Ian Kinsler each had two-run homers for
the Rangers.

The Angels avoided a shutout in the ninth when pinch-hitter Tim
Salmon hit his eight homer of the season.

Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana (14-8) gave up four runs and
seven hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two.

The Angels began the day six games behind division-leading
Oakland. The American League West rivals play seven times over the
final 10 games of the season.

"We need to win," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "It
doesn't matter what other teams do if we don't play well. We have
to do more things, starting with the offense."

Padilla worked out of a jam in the seventh when he loaded the
bases with no outs in the seventh.

But Padilla got out of the frame unscathed when he struck out
Kendry Morales and induced a double-play grounder from Juan Rivera.

Padilla got an out in the eighth before he was relieved by
Joaquin Benoit. His 14 victories equal the total he had in 2002 and
2003 with Philadelphia.

Michael Young had an RBI single in the third to open the
scoring, and backup catcher Miguel Ojeda added a two-run double in
the fourth to extend Texas' lead to 3-0.

"It as nice to go out there in my first start with the team and
make a contribution," said Ojeda, who was making his first start
since being recalled from the minors on Sept. 3. "Even more
importantly, the team won. It's an added bonus when you come up
with a big hit."

Ojeda had more on his mind other than baseball. He may have to
return to Mexico to check on his two sons because of Hurricane
Lane, which hit just north of their residence in Mazatlan early
Sunday.

His wife Alma is with him in Arlington while his sons are with
their grandparents in Mexico.

"Health wise everyone is doing fine," said Ojeda, who may
return to Mexico when airports on the Pacific coast reopen.

Young, who became the fourth player since 1940 to post four
straight 200-hit seasons on Saturday, was 3-for-4. He has 203 hits
this season.

After Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in the fifth, Matthews hit
his 18th homer of the season off reliever Hector Carrasco to put
Texas up 6-0 in the seventh.

Kinsler added a two-run homer in the eighth to make it 8-0. It
was his 12th homer of the season.

Chone Figgins, who hit for the cycle Saturday, was 2-for-4.

Game notes
The teams played through brief rain showers in the second
and fourth innings. ... Matthews extended his hitting streak to 11
games. ... Los Angeles made one error to increase its
league-leading total to 117.