Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Nelson Cruz hit a three-run home run in a nine-
run fourth inning and Yu Darvish struck out 11 in his outing as the Texas
Rangers thumped the LA Angels of Anaheim, 11-3, to wrap up a three-game
Lance Berkman hit a two-run home run and drove in four while Ian Kinsler, A.J.
Pierzynski and David Murphy each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won
five of six.
Darvish (4-1) was strong over his six scoreless innings of work as he gave up
just three hits and two walks to improve to 5-1 against the Angels in his
Peter Bourjos and J.B. Shuck drove in a run each for the Angels, who had won
four of five coming into the contest. Michael Roth (1-1) suffered the loss in
his first career start as he was tagged for five runs on six hits in just 3
Texas got its big fourth inning started with a walk by Adrian Beltre and
Cruz followed with a single. Pierzynski singled home the first run, Chris
Gentry walked to load the bases and Murphy drove in another run. Roth then
struck out Mitch Moreland, and David Carpenter then took over on the mound.
After walking Kinsler to bring home Pierzynski, Elvis Andrus struck out, but
Berkman stroked a single to center for two more runs. The Rangers loaded the
bases yet again when Beltre worked his second walk of the inning and a wild
pitch scored Kinsler. Cruz then smacked the ball over the center field wall
for a 9-0 lead.
Berkman hit a two-run home run in the sixth for an 11-0 advantage.
Darvish, meanwhile, had little trouble from the Angels as he didn't allow a
runner past first base and struck out the side in the fifth.
In the eighth, Bourjos singled in a run, Hank Cogner brought in another when
he hit into a double play, and Shuck later smacked a single to right for
another run to make the game a bit more respectable.
Texas starts a four-game series in Minnesota on Thursday ... The Angels hit
the road and will begin a four-game set in Seattle on Thursday ... Darvish has
49 strikeouts on the season to lead the majors ... Texas has won four of six
from the Angels on the young season.
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