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August 07, 2013

Rangers 8, Angels 3 (F)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Adrian Beltre singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Tuesday night, and Yu Darvish overcome a ragged start to pitch seven innings as the Rangers pulled away late to beat the Angels 8-3.

Beltre snuck a grounder past a drawn-in infield to bring home Elvis Andrus, who opened the eighth with a walk, stole second and went to third as Ian Kinsler was robbed of a ground single by Erick Aybar for the first out.

The Rangers then scored four unearned runs in the ninth, a rally that started with a two-out walk to Craig Gentry. He quickly stole second, and scored a few pitches later as first baseman Kole Calhoun botched a slow roller by Leonys Martin.

Martin then stole second, the Rangers’ sixth steal of the game, and scored as Andrus singled. Ian Kinsler followed with a single, and Beltre and A.J. Pierzysnki followed with RBI hits.

Tanner Scheppers tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Darvish, who allowed three runs on eight hits to improve to 11-5 and move the Rangers to within a game of first-place Oakland in the American League West.

Of the Rangers' six stolen bases, and five of them led to runs.

The Rangers got started quickly thanks to a wild first inning from Garrett Richards. Martin opened with a single and stole second for the first of three times, and Andrus followed with an infield hit to push Martin to third.

Kinsler made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly before Andrus got to third with a steal and a wild pitch. He scored with two outs as Richards uncorked another wild pitch while Pierzynski batted.

But the Angels quickly countered as Calhoun and Mike Trout opened the home half with back-to-back homers for only the second time in club history. Darvish had to escape a jam in the third, but the Angels took a 3-2 lead as Erick Aybar opened the fourth with a double and J.B. Shuck followed with a single.

Richards, though, couldn’t keep the lead. Mitch Moreland and Jurickson Profar started the fifth with singles, and after Engel Beltre sacrificed, Moreland scored the tying run on a chopper to second by Martin.

-- Jeff Wilson

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