created an opening with his speed.
and the rest of the
lineup took over from there.
Jones hit a three-run homer off
after Young reached on a two-out infield single, leading to a big fifth inning in the Rangers' 8-5 victory over the
Los Angeles Angels
on Tuesday night.
scored on a wild pitch and
added a two-run single in the inning, when Texas erased the Angels' 3-0 lead. All the runs came with two out.
''I think it all started when Mike beat out the infield hit and Jonesey did some homework on his previous two at-bats,'' Texas
hit two solo homers and
drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which dropped into a tie with Texas for the top spot in the AL West. The teams play again
left in the eighth inning with a strained muscle behind his left knee. He recently returned to right field after serving as
the designated hitter while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.
Guerrero fielded a single by
and was about to make a throw when it looked like he stepped awkwardly on his left leg. He fell to his hands and knees, but
got up and walked around before trainers came out to look at his left knee. He walked off the field on his own and was replaced
by Gary Matthews Jr.
''This will obviously be a setback if he's not able to get back into the lineup quickly, but we're going to take it one step
at a time,'' Angels manager
said. ''How long it takes for Vlad to heal is how long it takes. There's not a lot we can do at this point. We're going to
have to evaluate him and see.''
Lackey was working on a shutout before Texas got to him in the fifth. He retired the first two batters before Young hit a
chopper up the middle on a 3-2 pitch and beat shortstop
's throw to first in a close play.
''We caught a break,'' Young said. ''It wasn't like I had a good at-bat. He made a really good pitch down on the zone, I just
chopped it off the plate and just ran. After that, guys strung together some decent at-bats.''
then singled and Jones hit Lackey's next pitch over the wall in center, tying it at 3.
followed with a double and Lackey walked
to load the bases.
The right-hander continued to struggle with his control, uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Blalock to score and surrendering
Saltalamacchia's two-run single.
''They're a good offensive club, and if you miss your spots, they're going to let you know,'' Scioscia said. ''It's something
that is unusual, especially with John out there. He usually finishes off innings pretty well, but he wasn't able to do it
Lackey wasn't worried about the outing.
''We're in first place. Let's not jump off a bridge,'' Lackey said. ''They're playing good. I mean, they've obviously played
well against us. They've got a good lineup, they're pitching better and playing better defense, so that's definitely going
to keep them around a little longer.''
The Rangers tacked on two more runs in the eighth.
had an RBI double and Young added a sacrifice fly that made it 8-4.
, who had been sidelined with a strained right shoulder, lasted just 3 2-3 innings for Texas in his first start of the season.
He allowed three runs and seven hits.
Figgins made it 1-0 with an RBI single in the third. Rivera hit a leadoff drive in the fourth and Aybar had a run-scoring
(3-5), the second of six Rangers pitchers, tossed two innings to get the win.
was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Nippert.
was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Nippert on the 40-man roster. ... Guerrero will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.