Rangers 13, Angels 4

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)—Alex Rodriguez led another power display by the Texas Rangers.

Rodriguez homered twice to extend his major league lead to 46, and Hank Blalock hit his first career grand slam as Texas beat the Anaheim Angels 13-4 Saturday night.

The Rangers hit five homers to give them 137 at home this season, an AL record. Toronto held the previous mark with 134 at SkyDome in 2000.

Rodriguez had a pair of solo shots and three hits. Mark Teixeira added a two-run drive for Texas, and Rafael Palmeiro hit a solo homer, the 526th of his career.

The Rangers have gotten power from veterans such as Rodriguez and Palmeiro, but they’ve also gotten breakout seasons from young players Blalock, Teixeira, Michael Young and Laynce Nix.

“It’s quite a feat when you look at the players involved, not only A-Rod and Raffy but Teixeira, Blalock, Young and Nix,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You can really take pride in it.”

It was Rodriguez’s third multihomer game of the season and the 33rd of his career.

Despite all the homers, the Rangers could finish last in the AL West for the fourth straight season because they are 27-48 on the road. Texas is 43-37 at The Ballpark in Arlington.

The Rangers have the third-highest home run total at home in major league history—the Colorado Rockies had 149 in 1996 and 144 in 1999.

“It is great, but not if it doesn’t cover our problems on the road,” Showalter said.

Colby Lewis (9-9) took advantage of the early run support to win his third straight decision, retiring 15 straight from the second through the sixth innings.

“At that point, you can go right after guys and you don’t have to worry about giving up a homer or a big hit,” Lewis said.

Lewis allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Before the game, Lewis was bothered by spasms in his lower back, but the back improved as the game went on.

“It loosened up in the sixth and seventh,” Lewis said. “It’s just one of those things I had to battle through. I had to focus on making pitches.”

Einar Diaz and Nix had three hits each for the Rangers, who’ve won five of six.

Adam Kennedy and Alfredo Amezaga homered for the Angels, who’ve lost nine of 11 and are only two games ahead of the last-place Rangers in the AL West.

Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in the first on Kennedy’s 13th homer.

Texas tied it at 2 in the second against Aaron Sele (7-11) on RBI singles by Nix and Diaz.

The Rangers went on to load the bases, and Blalock followed with his 28th homer for a 6-2 lead.

Texas chased Sele with two more hits in the third. Sele, coming back from right shoulder surgery last year, allowed six runs and seven hits over 2 2-3 innings.

“They’re a club where if you get behind and have to go into the zone, they’re like sharks—they smell blood,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

In the fourth, Rodriguez connected for his first homer of the night, and Teixeira hit his 24th, both off Kevin Gregg, to make it 9-2.

In the sixth, Rodriguez’s second homer, Shane Spencer’s run-scoring double and Diaz’s RBI groundout extended the lead to 12-2.

Amezaga’s second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the eighth off Reynaldo Garcia, pulled Anaheim to 12-4.

Palmeiro hit his 36th homer leading off the eighth to make it 13-4.

Notes

Anaheim LF Garret Anderson was a late scratch from the lineup due to tightness in his lower back. Eric Owens started in left field, and Kennedy moved up from seventh to third in the order. … Sele matched his shortest outing of the season. He’s lasted 2 2-3 innings three times. … Angels C Jose Molina left during an at-bat in the fifth inning due to a sprained left shoulder. Molina sustained the injury in a home plate collision with Palmeiro in the second inning. Scioscia said Molina would miss a few games. … Rodriguez has 10 homers against Anaheim, tying a single-season club recordagainst an opponent. Palmeiro had 10 against Seattle in 2001.

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