ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and Joe Nathan pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth inning as the Rangers rallied to beat the Angels 7-6 on Monday night at Angel Stadium.
The win was the Rangers' fourth straight, something they hadn't accomplished since August.
Derek Holland allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the left-hander didn’t factor in the decision thanks to a three-run seventh by the Rangers to erase a 6-3 deficit.
The Rangers had seven hits through the first three innings against Joe Blanton, but only a 2-0 lead. Holland couldn’t keep it, though initially he survived rocky innings in the second and third.
But the Angels got him for three runs the fourth, which started with a leadoff walk to Mark Trumbo and a single by Josh Hamilton that just snuck through the infield.
Howie Kendrick cleared the bases with a double and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Chris Iannetta. He would deliver the hit that knocked out Holland in the sixth, a two-out RBI double to left for a 4-3 lead.
Luis Jimenez, the No. 9 hitter, followed with a two-run single.
But the Angels’ bullpen quickly gave up the lead, as the Rangers scored three times in the seventh. Elvis Andrus started with a single off Blanton, the Rangers’ 12 against him, and Lance Berkman followed with a bloop single off Michael Roth.
Dane De La Rosa entered, and issued a walk, a single and a fielder’s choice to make it 6-5. The third Angels reliever of the inning, Scott Downs, bobbled a chopper by pinch-hitter Jeff Baker as Adrian Beltre snuck home to tie the game.
-- Jeff Wilson