Angels 9, Rangers 7
On Tuesday night, the Angels did something about it.
Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer four pitches after a high-inside fastball from Texas starter Vicente Padilla, and Chone Figgins’ two-run triple in the eighth inning sent the Angels to a 9-7 victory.
Padilla was ejected for hitting two batters with pitches and nearly plunking a third in only 3 2-3 innings. Texas manager Buck Showalter also was tossed on a 101-degree night.
“I don’t know what message those guys are trying to send,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s a couple of times our guys have been thrown at.”
Scioscia said he expects Padilla to be suspended.
“I’m sure the league is going to take action,” Scioscia said. “When you’re throwing inside on the counts that they threw, there’s no point for any of that in our game.”
Asked if Padilla deserves a suspension, Scioscia said: “It’s warranted.”
Barajas gave Texas a 7-6 lead in the seventh with a solo shot, but the Angels came back in the eighth against reliever Wes Littleton (2-1).
Pinch-hitter Curtis Pride singled with one out and went to third on Reggie Willits’ double. Figgins’ triple into the right-field corner put the Angels ahead 8-7, and Maicer Izturis added an RBI groundout.
“We don’t play for revenge,” Figgins said. “We understand that you’re throwing on people, but twice around (Guerrero’s) head, that’s not safe.”
Littleton, who took a streak of 12 1-3 scoreless innings into the game, allowed three runs and three hits in two innings.
Guerrero connected in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 6-3 lead, not long after a knockdown pitch from Padilla.
“Vlad’s a special player anyway,” Scioscia said. “He doesn’t need anything to fire him up.”
The Rangers pulled to 6-5 in the bottom half on Blalock’s solo homer and Ian Kinsler’s run-scoring double. They tied it at 6 on Young’s solo shot in the fifth.
The Angels tied it at 3 in the fourth on Izturis’ RBI single.
Padilla threw another inside pitch that just missed Guerrero in the fourth, and both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.
After the warning, Guerrero swung hard and missed at two pitches, then fouled off another. He didn’t miss again, hitting his 27th homer.
Padilla retired Anderson on a fly ball but was ejected by Wendelstedt when he hit Rivera with a fastball. It was the 14th batter Padilla has plunked this season, tying him with Javier Vazquez of the Chicago White Sox for the AL lead.
Showalter, who was automatically ejected because the dugouts had been warned, said Padilla was simply throwing inside.
“One of the reasons (Padilla) has been successful is by pitching inside,” Showalter said. “He’s going to continue to do that.”
Padilla, who has won six of his last eight decisions, does not speak to reporters.
“Anytime Padilla’s on the mound, we feel we have a chance to win,” Young said. “When he gets thrown out, you’re facing an uphill battle.”
Guerrero and Rivera refused to comment.
Texas took a 3-0 lead in the second against Ervin Santana on a three-run homer by Stairs—his first hit since Kansas City traded him to the Rangers on July 31.
Santana gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings.
Scioscia yelled at Wendelstedt in the eighth when Littleton threw high and inside to Guerrero. … The Angels arrived at their hotel at 3 a.m. after losing to the Yankees in New York on Monday night. … Jose Molina of the Angels extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a second-inning double. … Guerrero has hit safely in 23 straight road games against the Rangers.