Series: Game 3 of 4

Texas leads 2-1 (as of 4/16)

Game 1: Monday, April 14
Game 2: Tuesday, April 15
Game 3: Wednesday, April 16
Game 4: Thursday, April 17

Angels 9

(8-7, 3-6 away)

Rangers 8

(6-9, 4-5 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 16, 2003

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    ANA 010100070 9 13 1
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    W: F. Rodriguez (1-1)

    L: F. Cordero (1-2)

    S: T. Percival (2)

    A-Rod homers twice in Rangers' wild loss

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers thought the inning was over after Anaheim's Tim Salmon slid into the infield grass to avoid a tag.

    Tim Salmon

    But umpire Jerry Layne ruled otherwise. The Angels then benefited from a two-out error, scoring four unearned runs to cap a strange seven-run eighth inning that gave them a 9-8 win Wednesday night.

    "I'm sure they're smiling in there knowing they stole one from us,'' said Rangers second baseman Michael Young, whose error allowed the run that tied the game at 6.

    The Angels sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth, five after the disputed play. Bengie Molina had two hits in the inning, a leadoff single and the tiebreaking two-run single.

    Darin Erstad and Salmon had consecutive RBI singles, making it 6-4 before Garret Anderson hit what the Rangers thought was an inning-ending double play grounder.

    Rodriguez fielded the ball on the first base side of second base and made a charge at Salmon, who slid down. Rodriguez then threw to first thinking he had completed a double play. Instead, Layne ruled against the arguments of Rodriguez and manager Buck Showalter that Salmon had left the baseline.

    "Jerry's a good umpire. That's why I was surprised with the call,'' Showalter said. "I thought he should have been called out for a couple of reasons, but I'm not going to dwell on it.''

    Rodriguez left after the game without talking to reporters.

    Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said he didn't have a good angle from the third-base dugout and hadn't seen a replay. Still, he thought Salmon slid straight in his tracks.

    "I just didn't want to run into an easy out,'' Salmon said. "I heard the umpire say something like he missed me so that's when I popped up. I think he (Showalter) was saying that I may have slid outside the baseline. But you could see my slide mark on the dirt. Half of my body may have been in the grass, but I slid in the dirt.''

    Erstad scored on the play and Salmon, suddenly the potential tying run, was replaced by pinch-runner Julio Ramirez.

    After Brad Fullmer was intentionally walked by Francisco Cordero (1-2), Scott Spiezio hit a grounder that went through the legs of Young, who had just nine errors in 727 chances last season and no errors this season.

    "I take responsibility for it,'' Young said. "I just missed it. Sometimes the easiest plays are the toughest.''

    Eric Owens then walked before Molina's two-run single up the middle and Chone Figgins' RBI single that proved big.

    Francisco Rodriguez (1-1) was the winner after taking over for starter John Lackey with one out in the seventh. Troy Percival pitched the ninth, giving up a two-run homer to Alex Rodriguez -- his second of the game -- before finishing for his second save.

    The loss soured the longest start of the season for Chan Ho Park, who allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings and dropped his ERA from 9.28 to 7.02. He also walked just one after issuing seven walks in five innings his previous start, a win Friday at Seattle.

    Texas hit four more home runs, increasing their majors-leading total to 30. Carl Everett, who went 4-for-5, and Alex Rodriguez went deep on consecutive pitches in the seventh to chase Lackey and put Texas ahead 6-2. Rodriguez's homer in the ninth made it 9-8. It was Rodriguez's 31st multihomer game.

    The Rangers went ahead 3-1 in the third on Everett's RBI double and Rafael Palmeiro's two-run double. Rookie Mark Teixeira led off the fourth with his second homer to make it 4-2.

    The Rangers led the majors in homers the last two seasons, and now have six more than they've ever had through the first 15 games. They have scored 45 of their 64 runs (70 percent) on homers.

    Anaheim went ahead 1-0 after Anderson led off the second with his AL-leading ninth double (he led the majors with 56 last year) and scored on Spiezio's sacrifice fly.

    Fullmer reached base all five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks for Anaheim, including an RBI single in the fourth.

    Molina was hit near his right elbow by a foul tip in the second, and was attended by a trainer for several minutes before making a couple of throws and staying in the game.

    Molina quickly showed he was OK. On the next pitch, Young struck out swinging and Molina caught Hank Blalock trying to steal second with a perfect throw to complete a double play.

    Game notes

    The Rangers had hit nine straight solo homers before Rodriguez's two-run shot in the ninth. ... Palmeiro walked twice, giving him eight walks the last four games. ... Fullmer is 9-for-13 in his career against Park.

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