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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo and right fielder Alex Rios each hit a home run in a three-run sixth inning to rally the Texas Rangers past the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 Friday night at Angel Stadium.

Choo homered to lead off the inning against Angels lefty Hector Santiago. Two outs later, first baseman Prince Fielder had an infield single, and Rios followed with a two-run homer to erase the Angels' lead for good.

Choo, who left the game in the seventh inning with a sore left ankle, had three hits in the game and Rios had two.

Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis (2-1) got the win after giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. The Rangers used five relievers, including Joakim Soria, who pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

As much as games in early May can be important, this one was for the Rangers. They had just been swept by Oakland, and had lost four in a row and five of six overall. A loss Friday would have dropped them into third place in the A.L. West, behind the A's and Angels.

Early on, the Angels looked poised to extend the Rangers losing streak. Santiago managed to work his way out of a few jams early, holding the Rangers scoreless through five innings. Left fielder J.B. Shuck drove in one run with a bunt single and second baseman Howie Kendrick had an RBI single, and the Angels took a 2-0 lead into the sixth.

But the lead vanished quickly, thanks to Choo and Rios, and the Rangers added two more runs in the seventh, knocking Santiago out of the game.

Santiago (0-5) not only is winless this season, but the Angels have lost the game in all six of his starts.

Shuck had a nice game for the Angels with two hits, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. First baseman Albert Pujols also had two hits for Los Angeles.

The Angels took the early lead in the second inning thanks to a perfectly placed bunt by Shuck. The Angels had runners on second and third with two outs when Shuck dropped a bunt down the third-base line.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, realizing he had no play at first, let the ball roll, hoping it would go foul. But it didn't, hugging the line until it rolled inside the third-base bag.

Angels third baseman David Freese scored from third on the play to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.

The Angels increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning after Shuck singled with two outs, stole second and scored on Kendrick's single.

NOTES: Angels 1B Albert Pujols hit nine home runs in April, tying a club record held by Brian Downing (1987). ... Angels 3B David Freese singled in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to a season-best six consecutive games. ... The Rangers were 15-4 against the Angels in 2013. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus began the night hitting .333 (60-for-180) in his career at Angel Stadium. It's the fourth best all-time average at the ballpark among players with at least 175 at-bats. Andrus trails Magglio Ordonez (.341), Tino Martinez (.341) and Derek Jeter (.335).
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