Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Angels leads 2-0 (as of 10/1)

Game 1: Friday, September 30
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Game 2: Saturday, October 1
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Game 3: Sunday, October 2
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Angels 7

(94-67, 45-35 away)

Rangers 6

(79-82, 44-36 home)

8:05 PM ET, October 1, 2005

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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W: S. Shields (10-11)

L: J. Dominguez (4-6)

S: F. Rodriguez (44)

Angels win for 13th time in 15 games

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Garret Anderson, Orlando Cabrera and Juan Rivera homered, and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Texas Rangers 7-6 Saturday night.

Scot Shields (10-11) pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for the AL West champions, who won for the 13th time in 15 games. The Angels (94-67) are a game behind AL East champion New York (95-66) for the league's second-best record.

Los Angeles played without outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, who was given the night off. Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game that the 2004 AL MVP will play Sunday to tune up for the postseason.

The Angels nearly blew a five-run lead. Mark Teixeira's RBI triple off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth made it 7-6, but Rodriguez got Alfonso Soriano to ground out for his 44th save in 49 chances, including 17th straight.

Soriano hit a three-run homer in the sixth to bring Texas within 6-4, but he also struck out against Shields with runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh.

Jason Botts led off the seventh with a single and Michael Young walked one out later. After Teixeira struck out, Hank Blalock had an RBI double off Jason Christiansen that cut Los Angeles' lead to 6-5 before Shields fanned Soriano.

Los Angeles starter Jarrod Washburn threw two perfect innings before being relieved by Kevin Gregg to start the third. An Angels spokesman reported no injury for Washburn, who is the likely to start the third game of the playoffs.

Texas (79-82) has posted five losing seasons in the past six years.

Anderson, who had three hits, hit a two-run homer in the first to highlight a four-run first off Texas starter Juan Dominguez. Dominguez (4-6) gave up four runs in a career-low two-thirds of an inning.

Cabrera homered leading off the fifth and Rivera added a solo shot in the eighth.

After Anderson's homer, Casey Kotchman added an RBI single to make it 4-0.

The Angels then loaded the bases off Dominguez. Texas manager Buck Showalter went to the bullpen and replaced Dominguez with Erasmo Ramirez.

After Cabrera led off the fourth with a home run, Darin Erstad had an RBI single to give Los Angeles a 6-1 cushion.

Game notes


Figgins set an Angels record for hits by a switch-hitter with 185. Johnny Ray had the mark with 184 hits in 1988. ... Texas' Michael Young, who leads the AL in batting average, went hitless for a second straight game after hitting in 25 straight games.

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