Angels end Rangers' eight-game win streak


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Bengie Molina picked a good time to hit
his first homer of the season for the Anaheim Angels.

Molina's three-run homer capped a four-run rally off Texas
reliever John Rocker in the eighth inning that tied it Wednesday night. Garret
Anderson then hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth to give
the Angels a 7-6 victory and snap the Rangers' eight-game winning

"It was timely, to say the least,'' Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said of Molina's homer. "He picked a good time. To hit a
breaking ball that far the other way, he put a good swing on it.
The ball jumped off his bat.''

Molina hadn't homered since the final game of the 2001 season.

"To hit a home run and tie the game up is probably the happiest
day I've had all year,'' Molina said.

Adam Kennedy singled with one out in the ninth against Hideki
Irabu (3-7) and went to second on Tim Salmon's two-out hit, setting
up Anderson's double.

"It's huge any time you can come back and take one like that,''
Anderson said. "It was pretty good to see Bengie hit that one in
that fashion when we were coming from behind.''

Ivan Rodriguez and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers in the
seventh to give Texas a 6-2 lead.

Ivan Rodriguez's two-run homer was just his second in 80 at-bats
this season, and chased Ramon Ortiz. Alex Rodriguez greeted
reliever Al Levine with his AL-leading 23rd homer.

But the Angels loaded the bases with two singles and a walk in
the eighth against Rocker. After Rocker struck out pinch-hitter
Troy Glaus and got Scott Spiezio to hit a sacrifice fly, Molina hit
his homer on the first pitch he saw to tie it at 6.

"Who sits on a first-pitch breaking ball from a guy that throws
95? Maybe one of these days I'll get a break,'' Rocker said.

"It's disappointing to give up a four-run lead, but Rocker has
done very good job over the last week,'' said Rangers manager Jerry
Narron. "It's disappointing to lose late any time.''

Ben Weber (4-2) threw 10 pitches in a perfect eighth inning for
the win. Troy Percival worked the ninth for his 18th save in 20

"We have a lot of faith in the character of the club, and a win
like that shows it,'' said Scioscia, whose team played the 13th
game of its season-long 14-game roadtrip.

Ortiz, who hasn't lost in six starts, allowed five runs -- four
earned -- and six hits in his 6 2-3 innings.

Texas starter Aaron Myette pitched into the sixth inning,
allowing two runs and five hits. He started in place of Kenny
Rogers, who was scratched because of stiffness in his back.

Myette left after Darin Erstad had a triple, Salmon walked and
Anderson hit a run-scoring single to start the sixth and pull
Anaheim within 3-2. Juan Alvarez struck out the only batter he
faced and Jay Powell got the next two outs.

Anaheim tied it at 1 after Erstad led off the fourth with a
double and scored on Salmon's single.

Rookie Ryan Ludwick's two-out double in the fourth scored Rafael
Palmeiro for a 2-1 Texas lead. Herbert Perry then scored on a wild
pitch by Ortiz.

Ortiz had three consecutive walks in the second before Ludwick's
short fly for the second out. Michael Young then hit a grounder,
but Benji Gil's throwing error allowed Texas to take a 1-0 lead.

Alex Rodriguez thought he had his 23rd homer in the fifth,
watching the ball as he slowly walked from the plate. But the ball
hit just below the top of the wall in left-center field. By time he
realized it didn't go over, A-Rod had to dive back into first base
to avoid getting tagged out and settle for an embarrassing 370-foot

There was no question about Rodriguez's seventh-inning blast,
which hit off the facade of the second deck of stands in right
field. It was the third time this season the Rangers had
back-to-back homers.

Game notes
When Ortiz came out to warm up in the first, umpire crew
chief Mike Reilly made the pitcher exchange his black fielder's
glove with red laces for an all-black glove. ... Neither team took
batting practice on the field before the game because of heavy
rain. The game still started on time after the rain stopped. ...
Molina has thrown out 24 of 47 base stealers, including Alex
Rodriguez in the first. ... Powell got out all five batters he