Series: Game 1 of 5

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 6/24)

Game 1: Monday, June 24
Anaheim 5Final
Texas 8
Game 2: Monday, June 24
Anaheim 2Final
Texas 3
Game 3: Tuesday, June 25
Anaheim 5Final
Texas 11
Game 4: Wednesday, June 26
Anaheim 7Final
Texas 6
Game 5: Thursday, June 27
Anaheim 6Final
Texas 3

Angels 5

(43-30, 21-15 away)

Rangers 8

(33-41, 17-18 home)

    6:05 PM ET, June 24, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: J. Benoit (2-0)

    L: A. Sele (6-5)

    Rangers snap Angels' four-game win streak

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers manager Jerry Narron wants Joaquin Benoit to bide his time, but the rookie right-hander doesn't want to wait to stick in the majors.

    Herbert Perry

    Rafael Palmeiro

    Benoit was sent back to the minors for the third time this season, despite beating the Anaheim Angels 8-5 in the opener of a doubleheader Monday night.

    Benoit (2-0) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in five innings.

    ''He's definitely going to get a chance to pitch here,'' Narron said. ''It's a matter of when. He's got to be patient. But tonight was big for his future in the organization.''

    After the game, the Rangers optioned Benoit to Triple-A Oklahoma and called up right-hander Aaron Myette from the RedHawks to add bullpen depth.

    ''It's hard to wait,'' said Benoit, who threw 53 pitches in the first two innings before settling down to win his second major league start. ''It's hard to go back down.''

    Rafael Palmeiro and Herbert Perry drove in two runs apiece to lead the Rangers to their sixth straight win.

    Palmeiro had two hits and the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, and Perry went 3-for-5 as the Rangers snapped Anaheim's four-game winning streak. Darin Erstad homered twice for the Angels.

    Benoit, called up from the minors before the game, trailed 3-0 after two innings.

    ''I had to get my pitch count down,'' Benoit said. ''I knew if I loaded the bases again, I'd be out.''

    Texas' bullpen allowed two runs and two hits over the final four innings. Francisco Cordero recorded the first out in the ninth on a grounder to first baseman Mike Lamb, with Cordero covering first. Cordero was lifted with a muscle strain behind his right shoulder after throwing one pitch to the next batter, David Eckstein.

    The Rangers said Cordero, their most recent in a series of closers, is day to day.

    ''He hasn't had trouble there before,'' Narron said. ''Hopefully he'll be back in a few days.''

    Hideki Irabu got the last two outs, allowing Erstad's second homer of the game. Erstad has six homers on the season and seven career multihomer games.

    Anaheim scored in the first when first baseman Mike Lamb threw high to the plate for an error on Tim Salmon's bases-loaded grounder.

    The Angels left the bases loaded in the first but scored twice in the second when Jorge Fabregas doubled and Erstad homered.

    Texas reduced the deficit to 3-2 in the second on Michael Young's two-run single, then tied it at 3 in the third on Palmeiro's RBI single off Aaron Sele (6-5).

    The Rangers knocked out Sele with two runs in the fifth. Palmeiro hit a sacrifice fly and Perry's RBI single made it 5-3.

    Sele allowed five runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings.

    ''I was falling behind hitters and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that's not the way to pitch,'' Sele said. ''I was a little off here, a little off there.''

    Texas extended its lead to 7-3 in the sixth with the help of Anaheim shortstop David Eckstein's error. The Rangers loaded the bases with one out against reliever Scot Shields, then Perry's grounder went through the legs of Eckstein allowing Ivan Rodriguez and Alex Rodriguez to cross the plate.

    Garrett Anderson's 15th homer, a solo shot in the seventh off Anthony Telford, pulled Anaheim within 7-4.

    Juan Gonzalez's RBI double in the eighth pushed Texas's lead to 8-4.

    Game notes

    After the game, the Angels sent reliever Brendan Donnelly to their Triple A farm team in Salt Lake City and called up rookie John Lackey to make the Game 2 start. Donnelly pitched 2 2-3 innings in the opener. ...The Rangers matched their longest winning streak of the season. ...The doubleheader was the makeup for an April 7 rainout. ...Both Sele and Benoit threw 96 pitches with the same breakdown of 53 strikes and 43 balls.

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