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Padilla roughed up, ejected in Rangers' loss to Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels are tired of
getting brushed back and hit by pitches from the Texas Rangers.

On Tuesday night, the Angels did something about it.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer four pitches after a
high-inside fastball from Texas starter Vicente Padilla, and Chone
Figgins' two-run triple in the eighth inning sent the Angels to a
9-7 victory.

Padilla was ejected for hitting two batters with pitches and
nearly plunking a third in only 3 2/3 innings. Texas manager Buck
Showalter also was tossed on a 101-degree night.

During the previous series between the teams, Rangers starter
Adam Eaton was tossed in the first inning Aug. 6 for throwing at
Juan Rivera.

"I don't know what message those guys are trying to send,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's a couple of times our
guys have been thrown at."

Scioscia said he expects Padilla to be suspended.

"I'm sure the league is going to take action," Scioscia said.
"When you're throwing inside on the counts that they threw,
there's no point for any of that in our game."

Asked if Padilla deserves a suspension, Scioscia said: "It's
warranted."

Michael Young, Hank Blalock, Matt Stairs and Rod Barajas homered
for the Rangers, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Barajas gave Texas a 7-6 lead in the seventh with a solo shot,
but the Angels came back in the eighth against reliever Wes
Littleton (2-1).

Pinch-hitter Curtis Pride singled with one out and went to third
on Reggie Willits' double. Figgins' triple into the right-field
corner put the Angels ahead 8-7, and Maicer Izturis added an RBI
groundout.

"We don't play for revenge," Figgins said. "We understand
that you're throwing on people, but twice around [Guerrero's] head,
that's not safe."

Hector Carrasco (3-3) pitched one inning for the win. Francisco
Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.

Littleton, who took a streak of 12 1/3 scoreless innings into
the game, allowed three runs and three hits in two innings.

Guerrero connected in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 6-3 lead,
not long after a knockdown pitch from Padilla.

"Vlad's a special player anyway," Scioscia said. "He doesn't
need anything to fire him up."

The Rangers pulled to 6-5 in the bottom half on Blalock's solo
homer and Ian Kinsler's run-scoring double. They tied it at 6 on
Young's solo shot in the fifth.

With the Angels trailing 3-0 in the third, Guerrero was hit on
the left arm by Padilla's fastball. He stole second and scored on
Garret Anderson's single. Howie Kendrick's RBI double cut it to
3-2.

The Angels tied it at 3 in the fourth on Izturis' RBI single.

Padilla threw another inside pitch that just missed Guerrero in
the fourth, and both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Hunter
Wendelstedt.

After the warning, Guerrero swung hard and missed at two
pitches, then fouled off another. He didn't miss again, hitting his
27th homer.

Padilla retired Anderson on a fly ball but was ejected by
Wendelstedt when he hit Rivera with a fastball. It was the 14th
batter Padilla has plunked this season, tying him with Javier
Vazquez of the Chicago White Sox for the AL lead.

Showalter, who was automatically ejected because the dugouts had
been warned, said Padilla was simply throwing inside.

"One of the reasons [Padilla] has been successful is by
pitching inside," Showalter said. "He's going to continue to do
that."

Padilla, who has won six of his last eight decisions, does not
speak to reporters.

"Anytime Padilla's on the mound, we feel we have a chance to
win," Young said. "When he gets thrown out, you're facing an
uphill battle."

Guerrero and Rivera refused to comment.

Texas took a 3-0 lead in the second against Ervin Santana on a
three-run homer by Stairs -- his first hit since Kansas City traded
him to the Rangers on July 31.

Santana gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings.

Game notes
Scioscia yelled at Wendelstedt in the eighth when Littleton
threw high and inside to Guerrero. ... The Angels arrived at their
hotel at 3 a.m. after losing to the Yankees in New York on Monday
night. ... Jose Molina of the Angels extended his career-best
hitting streak to 12 games with a second-inning double. ...
Guerrero has hit safely in 23 straight road games against the
Rangers.