Series: Game 1 of 3

Anaheim leads 1-0 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Friday, September 17
Game 2: Saturday, September 18
Game 3: Sunday, September 19

Rangers 5

(80-67, 34-42 away)

Angels 9

(84-63, 42-31 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 17, 2004

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

    R H E
    TEX - -
    ANA - -

    W: B. Colon (16-11)

    L: C. Park (3-6)

    Guerrero hits two homers

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Vladimir Guerrero homered twice, and Troy Glaus and Jose Guillen also hit home runs as the Anaheim Angels kept pace in the AL West race with a 9-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

    Bartolo Colon (16-11) shrugged off first-inning homers by Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira to win for the 11th time in 14 starts. He allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings and struck out seven.

    The Angels entered the night 1½ games behind Oakland in the AL West. The Athletics played at Seattle late Friday night.

    The Rangers played without All-Star MVP Alfonso Soriano, who missed his second game of the season after straining his left hamstring stealing third base in Thursday night's 5-4 loss at Oakland.

    Before the game, the Rangers learned that relievers Frank Francisco, Doug Brocail and Carlos Almanzar were suspended and fined by the commissioner's office for their role in Monday's bullpen brawl with fans in Oakland. All three right-handers appealed their suspensions and were available to pitch.

    Francisco allowed Guerrero's second homer of the game -- his 32nd -- in the eighth.

    Francisco was suspended for the rest of the season -- a minimum of 16 games -- following his arrest for throwing a chair that hit a woman and broke her nose. Brocail received a seven-game ban and Almanzar got five games. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo also received a five-game suspension.

    Guerrero broke a 3-3 tie with his 31st homer, leading off the fifth inning against Chan Ho Park (3-6). Two batters later, Glaus drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field bullpen for his 15th homer. The 2002 World Series MVP is 13-for-60 with four homers and six RBI since returning from shoulder surgery.

    Park allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander, sidelined 14 weeks because of a sore lower back, is 2-3 with a 6.14 ERA in five starts since coming off the disabled list Aug. 26.

    The Angels padded their lead to 8-3 against R.A. Dickey. Jeff DaVanon's had an RBI single in the sixth, Guillen led off the seventh with his 27th homer and Chone Figgins hit an RBI double four batters later.

    The Angels tied it at 3 in the third on RBI singles by Glaus and Adam Kennedy.

    Colon, who didn't allow a hit after falling behind 3-0 on Teixeira's two-run shot, retired 20 of his last 22 batters and struck out the side in the second and fourth innings.

    Game notes

    Francisco was booed by the sellout crowd of 43,343 when his name was announced. ... Carpenters already have constructed two extra rows in the Angels Stadium press box, just in case the team qualifies for the postseason. One of five two-tiered sections was removed during the offseason in order to expand owner Arte Moreno's private box. ... Soriano had an MRI on Friday and will be examined Sunday by Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum. ... Blalock's 31st homer ended a string of 22 consecutive scoreless innings by the Rangers against Anaheim pitching. ... Angels CF Garret Anderson, originally penciled in as the DH, did not play because of a sore knee.

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