Angels 7, Rangers 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Jarrod Washburn gave up three more home runs Tuesday night.
Washburn snapped a personal four-game losing streak despite allowing two homers to Michael Young and Alex Rodriguez’s 21st of the season. The left-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings after being staked to a 7-1 lead than almost evaporated in the eighth.
Washburn (7-9) has given up 13 homers over 30 2-3 innings in his last five starts and 22 this season, two more than last year.
“It’s easy to see that Jarrod has been pitching better than his results,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “The only thing is the long ball, and it was prevalent tonight. But the way he was changing speeds, he was really hitting his spots. And that’s the way Jarrod can pitch. He pitched a great ballgame against a terrific offensive club.”
Young opened the game by driving Washburn’s 2-2 pitch into the left-field bullpen. Young connected again with a man on in the eighth for his seventh homer. Rodriguez chased Washburn with a drive over the center-field fence after a single by Mark Teixeira.
“I wish I could have made that 7-1 lead stand up,” Washburn said. “But it looks like Young is on fire right now. he’s an awfully good hitter. A-Rod is the highest paid player in this game for a reason. He hits good pitches. It was a changeup and he whacked it.”
Garret Anderson had an RBI double for the defending World Series champions, who reached the midway point of their schedule with a 41-40 record and an 11 1-2 game gap to make to in the AL West. After 81 games last season, they were 47-34 and four games out of first place before making the playoffs as a wild card.
Valdes (6-5) lost his third straight start, allowing seven runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. Two of the runs were unearned, the result of errors by catcher Todd Greene and center fielder Doug Glanville.
Before this skid, Valdes was 4-0 with a 3.78 ERA in six starts after spending almost a month on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his shoulder.
“It’s been frustrating, because it looked like he was going to pitch like we’ve seen him pitch, and then he makes a mistake and gets hurt,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s even more frustrating for him because he knows what he’s capable of, and we’ve seen it. His health doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore, but other teams are an issue.”
Molina put the Angels ahead 4-1 in the fourth with his seventh home run after Tim Salmon drew a leadoff walk and Glaus walked with two outs. Those were the only walks Valdes allowed.
“I heard on the TV before the game that Washburn had given up a lot of home runs in his last four starts, and I’m pretty close to that—or worse than that,” said Valdes, who has allowed 21 earned runs and 28 hits over his last three starts.
“I don’t know what it is. I’m just not getting the job done. It’s the worst slump of my life.”
Glaus, who hadn’t homered in 62 at-bats since June 8, chased the right-hander with a leadoff homer in the sixth, giving the Angels their six-run cushion. It was Glaus’ 15th homer and the first at home by the World Series MVP since May 24.
The Angels employed little ball in the bottom of the first to get the run back. Jeff DaVanon led off with a bunt single to the right side, stole second, continued to third on Greene’s throwing error and scored on Salmon’s sacrifice fly.
“I’m going to miss these guys. We have a great bunch of guys here, but unfortunately it comes down to the fact that we’re not winning,” Everett said. “That’s what I came to Texas for—to try to win. I thank (general manager) John Hart for putting me in a position where I can win. It a good situation to go into. It feels good that a team like that thinks that I’m one of the missingpieces to their team.”
Young’s two-homer game was the fourth of his career and first this season. … Angels DH Brad Fullmer underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. His leg will be immobilized for six months before he begins a rehabilitation program. … Gonzalez was back in the lineup after sitting out Monday’s game because of tightness in his lefthamstring.