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June 03, 2012

Angels 3, Rangers 2 (F)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim scored two disputed runs against Yu Darvish in the seventh inning, including one on a play that got Yorvit Torrealba ejected, and the Angels hung on for a 3-2 victory that moved them within 3 1/2 games of the Rangers in the American League West.

Erick Aybar and Mike Trout scored the runs, though the Rangers believed both had been put out during the inning. Shortstop Elvis Andrus thought that Trout's one-out grounder had deflected off Aybar as he headed to third base, though second-base umpire Ted Barrett ruled otherwise.

Aybar would score on a single by Alberto Callaspo. After Albert Pujols walked to load the bases -- Darvish's last batter fo the game -- Kendrys Morales hit a liner to shallow right field that Nelson Cruz caught and fired toward home.

Torrealba applied a tag on Trout that plate umpire Tim McClelland ruled was late. Torrealba tossed his mask and was ejected immediately, though he continued to argue all while not realizing he had been tossed. A replay shown in the press box showed that Torrealba tagged Trout on the hip before his foot touched home plate.

The Rangers also had an issue with the Angels' first run, which was fueled by a blown call at second base to start the sixth inning. Mike Napoli muffed a popup by Albert Pujols, but recovered the ball and threw to second as Pujols tried to take the extra base.

Replays showed that Ian Kinsler clearly tagged Pujols before he reached the bag, but Barrett signaled safe. Pujols would score two batters later as Adrian Beltre juggled a grounder for the Rangers' second error of the inning. Pujols had stolen third after Darvish ignored him during a Morales at-bat.

The Rangers countered with a run on a sacrifice fly by David Murphy in the seventh, but it was erased by the crazy bottom half of the inning.

The Rangers played poorly defensively again, matching their season-high with three errors, but Darvish (7-3) had one of his best starts of the season. He had a two-hit shutout through five innings and ended up allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits.

He was bailed out by an excellent defensive play to start the third, as Craig Gentry jumped and reached over the center-field wall to take a homer away from Aybar.

The Rangers closed to within a run in the eighth with an unearned run created by Andrus as he went from first to third on a Michael Young single and the throw from Torii Hunter skipped into the camera well near the Angels' dugout.

The Rangers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Josh Hamilton struck out to seal the Rangers' fourth loss. The Angels have won 10 of 11.

-- Jeff Wilson




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