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Angels rally for 6-5 win over Rangers

March 25, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels first baseman Albert Pujols watches his home run in the first inning against the Rangers on Sunday.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols watches his home run in the first inning… (Chris Carlson / Associated…)

Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Kole Calhoun and Randall Grichuk each hit run-scoring singles in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday and the Angels rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers in Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Peter Bourjos, who made two over-the-shoulder catches after long runs in center field, also hit a key single in the ninth inning and scored the winning run with a nice hook slide. It was the Angels' fifth Cactus League victory in a row.

Texas had tied the score, 2-2, on Dusty Brown's two-run home run against Kevin Jepsen in the eighth, but Jorge Cantu, who is battling for a utility job, gave the Angels a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the inning.

The Rangers tied it in the ninth when Greg Miclat hit a two-run double to right-center field against Jason Isringhausen, the veteran right-hander who has a 9.82 earned-run average in four games and is struggling to find his command.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his team-leading fourth home run, a laser to left field against Mark Hamburger, in the first inning.

"Oh my God, that was a two-iron," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "That was unbelievable."

Designated hitter Bobby Abreu was hitless in four at-bats, his average falling to .108 (four for 37).

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