ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Teixeira said he was simply doing
"That's why I'm here," the Rangers' cleanup hitter said after
his homer leading off the 12th inning carried Texas to a 7-6
victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
"I'm here to drive in runs and help my team win. Sometimes in
close games, home runs are going to win it, and tonight was one of
those nights. We didn't get a lot of baserunners in extra innings,
so we needed a big homer."
Teixeira's shot deep into the seats in right field was his 18th
of the season and came on a 3-2 pitch from Kevin Gregg (3-4), the
seventh Los Angeles pitcher. Teixeira also had an RBI double.
"Gregg keeps his fastball down usually," Teixeira said. "He's
got a good split and a nice little slider, so I just wanted to make
sure I got something up.
"He threw a couple of good pitches early in the count, but I
worked it to 3-2 and he left the fastball over the middle of the
The Rangers denied unbeaten Angels rookie Jered Weaver his
eighth win, with Weaver instead getting his second no-decision in
his last two starts. Instead, Texas rookie Wes Littleton earned his
first major league victory by setting the Angels down in order in
the 10th and 11th.
Littleton, who has a sidearm delivery, has given up only one run
in 12 appearances, spanning 13 2-3 innings.
"It's very big. It's my first win," he said.
Littleton (1-0) initially thought a high drive by Rangers'
nemesis Vladimir Guerrero in the 10th inning was gone, but center
fielder Gary Matthews Jr. made a rather routine catch.
"I thought Guerrero got me and golfed me out. It was a big
relief," said the 23-year-old Littleton. "Seeing him when I was a
kid and now actually pitching against him kind of got my adrenaline
pumping a little bit."
Akinori Otsuka pitched the 12th for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
The Rangers rallied to win after squandering a late lead.
The homer was Rivera's 18th and the first allowed by Bauer in 52
1-3 innings since April 18, 2005, when he was pitching for
Baltimore and gave up a two-run shot to Detroit's Dmitri Young.
Bauer's was the longest current homerless streak in the majors.
He had just replaced Ron Mahay, who walked Garret Anderson, the
only batter he faced after taking over for Kevin Millwood. The
Rangers' starter had given up four runs and seven hits in 7 2-3
innings, including a solo homer and an RBI double by Guerrero.
The 23-year-old Weaver allowed three runs on eight hits in six
innings. He had become the first rookie to win his first seven
major league starts since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.
"I don't know if he was as fine with some of his pitches
tonight, but he gave us a chance to win," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said of Weaver. "He maybe wasn't as crisp as other times,
but that's a tough ballclub and he did a good job."
The last pitcher to win his first eight decisions as a starter
was Livian Hernandez of Florida in 1997.
Guerrero's 22nd homer, on Millwood's first pitch to him in the
fourth inning, extended his long string of success against Texas.
Guerrero has gotten at least one hit against the Rangers in all 43
games he's played against them, the longest such streak against an
opponent in the majors for at least 50 years.
The Angels' slugger added an RBI double off Millwood in the
eighth, and is hitting .441 lifetime against Texas with 15 homers
and 35 RBI. Guerrero's streak is by far the longest against one
team since divisional play began in 1969, surpassing Ken Griffey
Jr.'s mark of hitting in 35 consecutive games for Seattle against
Cleveland from 1992-96.
Texas opened a 6-2 lead in the seventh, when reliever Hector
Carrasco gave up four hits without retiring a batter. Carlos Lee
singled in one run and Teixeira doubled in another against
Carrasco, then Blalock drove in a run with an infield single
against J.C. Romero.
^Notes:@ The Rangers released RHP John Wasdin, a spot starter and
reliever for them the past three years. Wasdin was 2-2 with a 5.10
ERA in nine appearances this season, including five starts. ...
Angels 2B Adam Kennedy singled in the 12th to extend his
career-best hitting streak to 17 games.