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Angels halt slide, vault Rangers for second in West

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers weren't about to let
Vladimir Guerrero beat them, so Juan Rivera and Garret Anderson did
instead.

Rivera homered and drove in four runs, Anderson had three RBI,
and the Los Angeles Angels ended a three-game skid with a 10-3
victory over Texas on Saturday. Tim Salmon also homered for the
two-time defending AL West champs, who climbed back over the
Rangers into second place in the division.

Guerrero, who had hit safely in all of his previous 44 games
against the Rangers, walked his first four times up to tie a
franchise record -- including three intentional passes. The 2003 AL
MVP and eight-time All-Star has been intentionally walked 16 times
this season and 186 times in his 11-year career.

"It's not frustrating at all," Guerrero said through a
translator. "I mean, it's part of the game. It's happened to me
before."

Texas manager Buck Showalter is not shy when it comes to
intentional walks. When he was managing the Arizona Diamondbacks,
he ordered one to Barry Bonds with the bases loaded.

"It's tough to put anyone on a level with Bonds," Texas second
baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We put Guerrero on base and took our
chances. That was the strategy we chose to go with today. We didn't
stop him -- I mean, he scored twice. "

Reliever C.J. Wilson pitched to Guerrero in the eighth with
first base occupied, and Mark DeRosa made a twisting catch in the
right field corner while falling down after misjudging the ball.

"Playing right field, I know the ball carries pretty good
during the day," Guerrero said. "I hit the ball fairly well, but
I didn't expect it to carry that much. When I saw DeRosa going back
on it and turn his back, I wasn't sure where the ball was. But I
know he had a good jump. If it dropped, fine. If it didn't, it
doesn't matter -- because we were still winning."

Ervin Santana (12-5) allowed three runs and five hits over eight
innings, matching his win total as a rookie last season. The
right-hander struck out five and walked three.

John Koronka (7-7) allowed seven runs and seven hits in four
innings. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.80 ERA in his last eight
road starts since beating the Angels and Seattle back-to-back April
18-23. He gave up two of the three walks to Guerrero, who has one
hit in three career at-bats against him.

"The way he's hit against us, it was the right move," Koronka
said. "Once you're between the lines, you're doing whatever you
can to win the game. But whatever the decision is, my focus is to
get the guy out that I'm supposed to get out. But I didn't do my
job.

"I gave up three hard hits and they were at the wrong time.
That killed me. Giving up seven runs in four innings is not
acceptable. I'm better than that, and I've got to do better than
that."

Salmon, the last Angels player to get four walks in a game back
on Aug. 30, 2001 at Kansas City, opened the scoring in the second
inning with his seventh homer and 297th of his career, the most in
franchise history. The 15-year veteran, whose playing time has
diminished because of Rivera's blistering bat, started for the
first time since July 28 and was 2-for-5.

Salmon's 33 home runs, 115 RBI, 196 hits and .350 lifetime
average against Rangers pitching are his highest figures against
any team.

"Whenever Texas comes to town, you're kind of like, `Hey, it
would be nice to be in there,' because it seems like I do get my
hits," Salmon said. "But I'm not savoring this any more than
usual because it's Texas. I'm just savoring the victory more than
anything."

Anderson had a two-run single and Robb Quinlan followed with
another two-out hit that drove in a run and increased the margin to
4-0. Rivera, whose 19 homers and 61 RBI are career highs, made it
7-0 in the fourth with his 13th home run in 28 games. It came after
a two-out intentional walk to Guerrero.

"Juan's emergence has been big for our club," manager Mike
Scioscia said. "You'd like to get into a situation where you're
lineup's deep enough, so that if they try to take one guy's bat out
of the lineup, you can take advantage of it."

Rivera added a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Anderson followed
with an RBI single for a 9-3 cushion.

Game notes
Chone Figgins, who hasn't batted anywhere but the leadoff
spot since May 8, 2005, was not in the Angels' starting lineup for
only the eighth time in the team's first 110 games. His .326
on-base percentage is the lowest in the majors among leadoff men
with a minimum of 400 at-bats. But Scioscia said he has no plans to
drop him down in the batting order. ... Angels 1B Howie Kendrick
grounded a double off the third base bag in the sixth to extend his
hitting streak to 15 games. The longest streak ever by an Angels
rookie was 21 games, by Quinlan in 2004.