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April 24, 2013

Angels 5, Rangers 4 (F 11)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Howie Kendrick hit a solo homer with one out in the 11th inning, his second home run of the game, as the Angels walked off with a 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the Rangers.

The game-winner, off Joe Ortiz, gave Kendrick four RBIs in a game that saw the Angels blow a 4-0 lead.

Mike Trout made a run-saving catch in the ninth inning, diving to take an RBI double away from Adrian Beltre, and the Angels benefited from two unearned runs in the first inning against Alexi Ogando.

Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and the Rangers scored an unearned run in the eighth inning to forge a 4-4 tie.

Ian Kinsler reached third with two outs in the ninth as the go-ahead run, but was stranded there after Trout’s catch in left field.

Ortiz had bailed the Rangers out of trouble in the 10th after the Angels loaded the bases with one out against Robbie Ross, who had pitched scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth. They had Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton coming, but Ortiz got Pujols to bounce into a fielder’s choice and Hamilton to ground to second to end the threat.

Ogando rebounded from a lousy outing last week to pitch into the eighth inning. He allowed four runs, two earned, and was at his best in his final three innings as the Rangers rallied from a 4-0 hole.

But Ogando wasn’t at his best early on, when the Angels scored two unearned runs in a first inning that saw him strike out Trout on a wild pitch only to have him reach when first baseman Mitch Moreland couldn’t handle a low throw from catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Pujols walked before Hamilton lofted a flyball down the left-field line. Jeff Baker raced toward the stands and made a sliding catch for what should have been the second out. But he suffered a bruised left knee on the play and had to exit.

Mark Trumbo then deposited a single to center to score Trout, and Pujols would limp home on a Kendrick single that barely cleared the infield.

Ogando settled in over the next two innings, with the assistance of two double plays, before Trumbo doubled with one out in the fourth and came home on Kendrick’s second homer of the season.

Cruz delivered in the sixth against Jason Vargas, who then allowed singles to A.J. Pierzynski and David Murphy before escaping with a one-run lead.

Vargas pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning, retiring the top of the Rangers’ lineup for only his second perfect inning of the season, but two defensive miscues allow the Rangers to load the bases with no outs in the eighth.

Murphy bounced into a double play, but the tying run came home.

-- Jeff Wilson


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