Trumbo’s blast helps Angels edge Rangers

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Updated: September 7, 2013

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Mark Trumbo’s three-run homer capped a five-run
fourth and sent the Angels in front for good, lifting Los Angeles to a 6-5
victory over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a three-game set.

Ernesto Frieri gave up a run in the ninth, but was able to keep the lead
intact and recorded his 31st save of the season, preserving the win for C.J.
Wilson.

Wilson (15-6) won his sixth straight decision despite allowing four runs on
seven hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. Mike Trout had three hits with
an RBI and Erick Aybar scored twice for the Angels, who have won seven of
their last nine.

Texas, meanwhile, has dropped five of seven and fell one-half game back of
the Oakland A’s for the lead in the AL West.

Matt Garza (3-3) was torched for six runs — five earned — on nine hits over
seven innings of work. Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios both homered and drove in a
pair of runs in the setback.

“I threw a lot of strikes and got ahead of most hitters, I made one bad
pitch,” said Garza. I left one over the plate and Trumbo knew what to do with
it.”

Texas had a three-run cushion after three innings, but the Angels erupted with
a five-run fourth to take the lead.

Los Angeles strung together three straight singles to begin the frame, with
Trout’s knocking in a run. Runners were at the corners after a Josh Hamilton
fielder’s choice and Kole Calhoun brought in a run with a base hit into left.
Trumbo then sent the Halos in front, 5-3, with his 30th home run of the
season.

“It was good to see him square one up,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia
about Trumbo’s homer.

Trout followed an Aybar double in the fifth with a base hit to move the
Angels’ lead to 6-3, but the Rangers got the run back in the seventh, when
Andrus chased Wilson with his homer to deep center.

Frieri recorded the first two outs of the ninth before serving up a double to
Leonys Martin. Andrus then singled him in to make it 6-5, but Frieri ended the
game by striking out Ian Kinsler.

Rios’ homer in the second gave Texas a 1-0 edge and it tacked on two more runs
in the third, when A.J. Pierzynski and Rios stroked consecutive run-scoring
singles.

Game Notes

Trumbo is the sixth Angel to hit 30 home runs in the back-to-back seasons …
The Angels were 4-for-6 with runners in scoring position … Texas had a
seven-game winning streak against Los Angeles snapped … It was just the
Angels’ third win in 13 games against the Rangers this season.