Guerrero homered leading off the 11th inning Friday night to
give the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory over the Rangers.
Texas held Guerrero to a rare 0-for-4 in the series opener on
Thursday night, snapping the outfielder's streak of hitting safely
in his first 24 career road games against the Rangers.
But with the game tied at 1 on Friday night, Guerrero lofted an
0-1 changeup from Frank Francisco (0-1) into the left field seats
for his 29th homer of the season and 100th in his three years with
"Vlad gave us a huge lift tonight with his home run," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said.
Guerrero, who went 2-for-5, has 18 of his 334 career homers
against Texas. Guerrero does not speak to the media.
"We held him in check for most of two nights, but he hurt us
there at the end," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "There's
no one way to pitch him."
Brendan Donnelly (5-0), returning after a four-game suspension,
pitched two perfect innings for the victory. Donnelly was one of
five players suspended for their parts in on-field beanball
incidents in games between the Angels and Rangers on Aug. 15-16.
The Angels moved within 6½ games of Minnesota in the AL
wild-card race as the Twins lost 5-4 to Cleveland in 10 innings.
Guerrero's homer was the only hit Francisco allowed in his one
Adam Kennedy went 3-for-4 for the Angels and broke up a
scoreless game with a ninth-inning RBI single off reliever Akinori
The Rangers tied it in the bottom of the inning on Hank
Blalock's RBI double. Carlos Lee doubled with two outs off
Francisco Rodriguez, the major league saves leader with 42.
Blalock's double handed Rodriguez his fourth blown save of the
Rodriguez had a streak of 30 scoreless innings snapped.
"It's going to happen," Angels rookie starter Jered Weaver
said of Rodriguez's blown save. "He's human. But he'll bounce
Weaver took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but Gary Matthews
Jr. broke it up with a one-out double. Weaver, who allowed just the
one hit in seven innings, matched a career high with nine
The Angels have won 10 of their last 13, but their offense
continues to struggle. Los Angeles has scored four runs or less in
each of its last eight games.
"Jered pitched a terrific game," Scoscia said. "That lineup
is very tough. We've pitched some of the best baseball we've
pitched all year. We just need to support the pitchers with a
Texas starter Robinson Tejeda allowed five hits in seven innings
and struck out four.
Tejeda has pitched into the seventh in each of his last three
starts, sending signs to the Rangers' front office that he can
compete for a rotation spot next season.
"I had a great game but I'm disappointed we didn't win,"
Tejeda said. "I need to keep doing what I'm doing and keep getting
better for next year."
Matthews' double was the Rangers' 331st this season, breaking
the club record of 330 set in 2000.
Scoscia got his 600th victory with the Angels. ... Weaver
won his first nine decisions after he was called up from Triple-A
Salt Lake on June 30, but is 2-2 in his last five starts. ...
Nelson Cruz had a 12-pitch battle with Weaver in the sixth before
flying out. Matthews, the next batter, broke up the no-hitter.
"That was a big reason we got back in it, that at-bat," Showalter
said. ... Weaver also had nine strikeouts on July 3, in a win over
Seattle. ... Texas shortstop Michael Young went 0-for-5, leaving
him three hits short of his fourth straight season with 200.