ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Adrian Beltre's ground-ball single through a drawn-in infield in the top of the eighth inning drove home Elvis Andrus with the tiebreaking run as the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
Andrus had singled and stolen second base with one out in a 3-3 game when Beltre came to the plate against Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen (1-3). The Angels moved the infield in, but Beltre's sharp grounder got past a diving Grant Green at second base and into right field, scoring Andrus. The Rangers added four insurance runs in the ninth to put the game away.
The victory moved the Rangers to within one game of first-place Oakland in the American League West. The Angels remained 13 back in the division and fell 12 behind Texas for the second wild card spot.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish was far from his best, especially early. The first two Angels hitters of the game -- Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout -- hit home runs. But Darvish (11-5) settled in, went seven innings and got the victory. He gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out six and improving to 3-0 in three starts against the Angels this year.
The Rangers ran successfully on the Angels' pitchers and catcher Chris Iannetta, going 6 for 7 on stolen-base attempts and also advancing on three wild pitches. Leonys Martin had three stolen bases, and Andrus had two to go along with his three hits.
Angels starter Garrett Richards gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in six innings.
Green, starting at second base for the injured Howie Kendrick (sprained knee) and making his Angels debut, had the first two hits of his career.
The Rangers took an early lead with two runs in the first inning as Richards was a bit erratic. He gave up two singles, threw two wild pitches and the Rangers stole two bases.
The Angels tied it up quickly in the bottom of the first when Calhoun and Trout began the inning with back-to-back home runs. It marked just the second time in club history that the Angels opened a game with back-to-back homers. The only other time occurred in 1996, when Rex Hudler and Don Slaught did it against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Angels took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning when Erick Aybar doubled and scored on a single by J.B. Shuck. The Rangers got the run back in the fifth inning on a couple of singles, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI groundout by Martin to tie the game at 3.
NOTES: Angels 2B Howie Kendrick was diagnosed with a sprained left knee, one day after he was hurt in a collision with RF Collin Cowgill. Kendrick was not placed on the disabled list but is expected to miss at least four or five games. ... Green was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake and started the game, and he got his first career major league hit with a second-inning single. Green was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent INF Alberto Callaspo to the Oakland A's. ... Rangers RHP Colby Lewis, out all season trying to recover from Tommy John surgery performed in July 2012, will have surgery on his right hip to remove bone spurs. He will miss the rest of the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season, but he said he'd like to re-sign with the Rangers.