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Rangers edge Angels on Soriano's bloop hit

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers didn't let Kenny
Rogers' pregame tirade affect them.

Alfonso Soriano's two-out RBI single in the 11th inning lifted
the Rangers to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

"I'm happy with how the guys responded," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "It was an emotional dugout tonight. The guys
never quit and kept competing. They kept their resolve."

Before the game, Rogers shoved two television cameramen on the
field, sending one to the hospital in a videotaped tirade that
included throwing a camera to the ground and threatening to break
more.

The left-hander, recovering from a broken bone in his right
pinkie sustained when he punched a water cooler after being taken
out of a start two weeks ago, wasn't scheduled to pitch and was
sent home by the club following the incidents.

The Rangers held a clubhouse meeting prior to the game to
discuss Rogers, who leads the team with nine victories. After the
game they lent their support to Rogers, who could face a suspension
for the incidents.

"It's something we're going to keep in-house," said Gary
Matthews, who hit a two-run homer. "It's going to be between Kenny
and the front office."

Mark Teixeira had a one-out infield single off Scot Shields
(6-5) and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Soriano followed with
a looping fly to short right field that fell between second baseman
Adam Kennedy and right fielder Vladimir Guerrero to drive in
Teixeira.

Kameron Loe (1-1) allowed one hit in two innings for his first
major league victory, one night after taking the loss in a 5-1
defeat.

"It was great to get in there and redeem myself after last
night," Loe said. "Just to finally get us back on the right track
was amazing."

The Rangers carried a 6-4 lead into the ninth and closer
Francisco Cordero got the first two outs, but Jeff DaVanon doubled
and Dallas McPherson hit a pinch homer on an 0-2 pitch to tie the
game.

Cordero, who pitched a season-high two innings on Tuesday night,
had his fourth blown save in 22 chances.

Michael Young had four hits for the Rangers.

Texas starter Ricardo Rodriguez allowed four runs and six hits
over 7 2/3 innings in his fourth start of the season. He stuck out
one and walked one, exiting with the Rangers leading 6-4.

Angels starter John Lackey struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings,
but he gave up six runs and eight hits.

Lackey, a Texas native, said he didn't have trouble with the
95-degree heat, but wished he hadn't thrown a high fastball to
Matthews.

"Heat doesn't bother me," Lackey said. "I felt good and threw
a lot of good pitches. But I made a mistake to Matthews. Give him
credit. He hit it."

Guerrero went 3-for-5, including his 13th homer in the eighth
that knocked Rodriguez out of the game.

The Rangers, who had lost eight of their previous nine, snapped
a five-game losing streak to the Angels and moved within 7½ games
of first-place Los Angeles in the AL West.

Chone Figgins of the Angels led off the game with a fly ball to
right field that hit off Matthews' glove for an error. Figgins went
to third on Guerrero's single and scored on Garret Anderson's
grounder. Maicer Izturis' two-run double made it 3-0.

Guerrero stretched his hitting streak to 30 games against the
Rangers, the longest against one team since Paul Molitor had 32
straight against the Chicago White Sox from 1993-96.

After Izturis' double, Rodriguez retired 21 of the final 24
batters he faced.

Texas, which had scored six runs in its previous three games,
took the lead with a four-run fifth on Teixeira's two-run double
and RBI singles by Young and Hank Blalock.

Game notes
Guerrero had his 1,500th hit with a single in the 10th.
...The Rangers thought they had a solo homer from Soriano in the
fourth. Soriano circled the bases on a ball that replays showed
landing to the right of the right-field foul pole. Angels manager
Mike Scioscia came out to argue and after the umpiring crew
conferred, the ball was ruled foul. ...Soriano snapped an 0-for-12
with a seventh-inning double. ...The Angels have outscored the
Rangers in the first inning of their last six meetings, 18-1.
...Texas' David Dellucci drew three walks to give him a career-high
49 for the season.