Rangers pad lead to six

Solid Lee leads Texas. doesn’t al­low walk by An­gels in 3rd start

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON — Cliff Lee al­lowed five hits over 8 1⁄3 in­nings to out­pitch fel­low All-Star Jered Weaver and the Texas Rangers beat the Los An­ge­les An­gels 3-2 on Thurs­day night to give the AL

Cliff Lee pitched into the ninth in­ning to pick up his first vic­tory since be­ing traded to Texas. West lead­ers a six-game lead over the sec­ond-place An­gels.

Lee (9-4) didn’t walk a bat­ter in his third start since he was acquired from Seat­tle in a six-player deal on July 9.

Lee was the loser in a 6-1 de­feat to Bal­ti­more in his Rangers de­but on July 10, but he went nine in­nings. Lee also lasted nine in­nings in his sec­ond start for Texas on July 17, a no-de­ci­sion in a game the Rangers lost to Bos­ton 3-2 in 11 in­nings.

Lee re­tired Bobby Abreu on a fly ball to open the ninth, then seemed sur­prised when man­ager Ron Washington trot­ted to the mound. Af­ter a dis­cus­sion, Washington brought in closer Nef­tali Feliz, who got Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli to fly out for his 26th save.

Weaver (9-6) gave up three runs and seven hits in six in­nings.

Michael Young home­red and Josh Hamil­ton drove in the goa­head run with a dou­ble in the sixth as the Rangers opened a stretch of seven games against the An­gels over an 11-day span.

With one out in the sixth and the score even at 1, Vladimir Guer­rero, who starred for the An­gels from 2004 to 2009, stretched what should have been a sin­gle into a dou­ble.

Hamil­ton fol­lowed with a dou­ble to the gap in left-cen­ter to score Guer­rero and put the Rangers ahead for good.

Hamil­ton went to third on Nel­son Cruz’s in­field sin­gle off the glove of sec­ond base­man Howie Ken­drick, and Hamil­ton slid home on ex-An­gel Bengie Molina’s sac­ri­fice fly to ex­tend Texas’ lead to 3-1.

Napoli home­red for the An­gels in the sev­enth to nar­row the deficit to 3-2.

Texas’ Ian Kinsler went 1 for 4 to stretch his hit­ting streak to 15 games.

Young put the Rangers on the score­board with a one-out solo home run in the first in­ning.

Napoli was the An­gels’ only baserun­ner over the first four in­nings with a one-out sin­gle in the sec­ond.

Hideki Mat­sui dou­bled with one out in the fifth, ad­vanc­ing to third on a fly ball. Mat­sui scored on Maicer Iz­turis’ dou­ble to tie it at 1.

Notes: Lee is sched­uled to start again against the An­gels in Ana­heim on Aug. 1. He has pitched at least eight in­nings in seven con­sec­u­tive starts.

Rangers left-han­der Derek Hol­land will make a rehabilitation start to­day for the team’s en­try in the Ari­zona Rookie League.

Hol­land has been on the 15day dis­abled list since June 1 with left ro­ta­tor cuff in­flam­ma­tion. If Hol­land gets through to­day’s start with no prob­lems, he’ll move on to a mi­nor league start at a higher clas­si­fica- tion.

Of the crowd of 39,876, about 8,600 bought tick­ets on the day of the game.

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