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July 01, 2010

Rangers 6, Angels 4

Vladimir Guerrero went 4 for 4, and hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the eighth as the Rangers rallied from an early deficit to beat the LA Angels 6-4.

The designated hitter has three homers and eight RBIs in his first two games at Angel Stadium since leaving the Angels for the Rangers in the off-season. He is 10 for 16 with four homers and nine RBIs in four games against the Angels this year.

Josh Hamilton followed Guerrero in the eighth inning with a double to extend his hitting streak to 23 games. Ian Kinsler drove in the Rangers' other run in the fifth inning with a single that scored Elvis Andrus.

Dustin Nippert (3-3) allowed a run in three innings of relief to earn the win after Omar Beltre allowed three runs in four innings in his major-league debut. Beltre was in a 3-0 hole after two innings, but he stranded two runners in the third to keep the Rangers close.

Guerrero then catapulted them into the lead in the fourth with his seventh career grand slam. After Beltre again dodged trouble in the fourth, Kinsler delivered for a 5-3 lead. The Angels scored a run in the sixth, but Guerrero countered it with his 18th homer of the year to again give the Rangers a two-run cushion.

Guerrero has 68 RBIs, a total that is tied for the most in the American League with Miguel Cabrera. Neftali Feliz earned his league-leading 21st of the season as the Rangers evened the three-game series against the Angels and moved 4 1/2 games up in the AL West.

-- Jeff Wilson


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