Final

Series: Game 4 of 5

Texas leads 3-1 (as of 6/26)

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

Angels 7

(44-32, 22-17 away)

Rangers 6

(35-42, 19-19 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 26, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    ANA 000101041 7 - -
    TEX 010200300 6 - -

    W: B. Weber (4-2)

    L: H. Irabu (3-7)

    S: T. Percival (18)

    Angels end Rangers' eight-game win streak

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Bengie Molina picked a good time to hit his first homer of the season for the Anaheim Angels.

    Bengie Molina
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    Molina's three-run homer capped a four-run rally off Texas reliever John Rocker in the eighth inning that tied it Wednesday night. Garret Anderson then hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth to give the Angels a 7-6 victory and snap the Rangers' eight-game winning streak.

    "It was timely, to say the least,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Molina's homer. "He picked a good time. To hit a breaking ball that far the other way, he put a good swing on it. The ball jumped off his bat.''

    Molina hadn't homered since the final game of the 2001 season.

    "To hit a home run and tie the game up is probably the happiest day I've had all year,'' Molina said.

    Adam Kennedy singled with one out in the ninth against Hideki Irabu (3-7) and went to second on Tim Salmon's two-out hit, setting up Anderson's double.

    "It's huge any time you can come back and take one like that,'' Anderson said. "It was pretty good to see Bengie hit that one in that fashion when we were coming from behind.''

    Ivan Rodriguez and Alex Rodriguez hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to give Texas a 6-2 lead.

    Ivan Rodriguez's two-run homer was just his second in 80 at-bats this season, and chased Ramon Ortiz. Alex Rodriguez greeted reliever Al Levine with his AL-leading 23rd homer.

    But the Angels loaded the bases with two singles and a walk in the eighth against Rocker. After Rocker struck out pinch-hitter Troy Glaus and got Scott Spiezio to hit a sacrifice fly, Molina hit his homer on the first pitch he saw to tie it at 6.

    "Who sits on a first-pitch breaking ball from a guy that throws 95? Maybe one of these days I'll get a break,'' Rocker said.

    "It's disappointing to give up a four-run lead, but Rocker has done very good job over the last week,'' said Rangers manager Jerry Narron. "It's disappointing to lose late any time.''

    Ben Weber (4-2) threw 10 pitches in a perfect eighth inning for the win. Troy Percival worked the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances.

    "We have a lot of faith in the character of the club, and a win like that shows it,'' said Scioscia, whose team played the 13th game of its season-long 14-game roadtrip.

    Ortiz, who hasn't lost in six starts, allowed five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in his 6 2-3 innings.

    Texas starter Aaron Myette pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs and five hits. He started in place of Kenny Rogers, who was scratched because of stiffness in his back.

    Myette left after Darin Erstad had a triple, Salmon walked and Anderson hit a run-scoring single to start the sixth and pull Anaheim within 3-2. Juan Alvarez struck out the only batter he faced and Jay Powell got the next two outs.

    Anaheim tied it at 1 after Erstad led off the fourth with a double and scored on Salmon's single.

    Rookie Ryan Ludwick's two-out double in the fourth scored Rafael Palmeiro for a 2-1 Texas lead. Herbert Perry then scored on a wild pitch by Ortiz.

    Ortiz had three consecutive walks in the second before Ludwick's short fly for the second out. Michael Young then hit a grounder, but Benji Gil's throwing error allowed Texas to take a 1-0 lead.

    Alex Rodriguez thought he had his 23rd homer in the fifth, watching the ball as he slowly walked from the plate. But the ball hit just below the top of the wall in left-center field. By time he realized it didn't go over, A-Rod had to dive back into first base to avoid getting tagged out and settle for an embarrassing 370-foot single.

    There was no question about Rodriguez's seventh-inning blast, which hit off the facade of the second deck of stands in right field. It was the third time this season the Rangers had back-to-back homers.

    Game notes


    When Ortiz came out to warm up in the first, umpire crew chief Mike Reilly made the pitcher exchange his black fielder's glove with red laces for an all-black glove. ... Neither team took batting practice on the field before the game because of heavy rain. The game still started on time after the rain stopped. ... Molina has thrown out 24 of 47 base stealers, including Alex Rodriguez in the first. ... Powell got out all five batters he faced.

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