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Molina's homer holds up
'Pen tosses five scoreless
Jose Molina hit a two-run homer in the fifth and the Angels bullpen held the Rangers scoreless over the final five innings. Starter Kelvim Escobar left the game after the fourth inning with patellar tendinitis in his left knee and is listed as day-to-day.
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 Molina's blast
Angels 2, Rangers 1
Jose Molina is greeted at home plate by Adam Kennedy after his two-run homer in the fifth. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Series at a glance:
Bats manage only five hits
Edinson Volquez allowed two runs on six hits over five effective innings, but the Rangers couldn't get anything going on offense, collecting only five hits. Mark DeRosa drove in the lone run with an RBI single in the fourth.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 14, 2006
LAA
LA Angels (79-68)
Won 1
LA Angels 2, Texas 1   TEX
Texas (74-73)
Lost 1
September 14, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
LA Angels
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   2 7 0
Texas
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 5 0
Standings thru 9/14/06  |  Gameday  |  Angels Stats  |  Rangers Stats
LA AngelsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Izturis, 3B4020000.298
Cabrera, SS4000003.281
Guerrero, RF4000000.328
Anderson, DH4000010.280
Rivera, LF4010010.297
Kendrick, 1B3010001.284
  Erstad, 1B1000000.226
Kennedy, 2B3110011.267
Molina, C3112000.255
Figgins, CF3010000.255
Totals33272035 

BATTING
2B: Izturis (19, Volquez).
HR: Molina (4, 5th inning off Volquez, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Izturis 3; Rivera; Kendrick; Kennedy; Molina 4; Figgins.
RBI: Molina 2 (22).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Rivera (Cruz at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Rivera-Kennedy-Kendrick, Kennedy-Cabrera-Kendrick).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF4010002.311
Young, M, SS4000003.313
Teixeira, 1B4010000.272
Lee, LF2110210.301
Blalock, DH3000123.270
DeRosa, 3B2011212.311
Kinsler, 2B4000027.283
Laird, C4000010.321
Cruz, RF2010110.205
  a-Stairs, PH1000010.248
Totals301516917 

a-Struck out for Cruz in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Matthews; Teixeira; Lee; DeRosa; Cruz.
RBI: DeRosa (71).
2-out RBI: DeRosa.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kinsler 3.
GIDP: Young, M.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: (Kinsler-Teixeira).

 
LA AngelsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Escobar 4.02113203.54
Carrasco (W, 6-3)2.23001303.70
Shields (H, 30)1.00002103.04
Rodriguez, F (S, 42)1.10000301.67
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Volquez (L, 1-5)5.06220216.15
Bauer 2.01000103.56
Benoit 1.00000004.58
Mahay 1.00000003.96

WP: Escobar, Carrasco.
HBP: Matthews (by Escobar).
Pitches-strikes: Escobar 62-34, Carrasco 44-31, Shields 23-12, Rodriguez, F 15-12, Volquez 74-50, Bauer 22-14, Benoit 10-7, Mahay 14-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Escobar 5-5, Carrasco 4-1, Shields 2-0, Rodriguez, F 1-0, Volquez 4-9, Bauer 3-2, Benoit 1-2, Mahay 2-1.
Batters faced: Escobar 16, Carrasco 12, Shields 5, Rodriguez, F 4, Volquez 20, Bauer 7, Benoit 3, Mahay 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Shields 1-0, Rodriguez, F 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Laz Diaz. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Ted Barrett.
Weather: 89 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:39.
Att: 21,494.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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