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MLB: Texas 7, Los Angeles Angels 6

April 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- A.J. Pierzynski smacked a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning Monday and Texas rallied from three runs down to overcome the Los Angeles Angels 7-6.

The Angels had grabbed a 6-3 lead with three runs in the sixth but the Rangers responded quickly with three of their own in the next frame, ignited by Pierzynski's run-scoring single.

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Texas notched the tying run when Adrian Beltre scored from third as Angels pitcher Scott Downs misplayed Jeff Baker's infield chopper.

Then with two outs in the ninth, Pierzynski bashed a pitch from Ernesto Frieri (0-1) into the right field stands, putting the Rangers on top.

Joe Nathan came on to record his sixth save while Tanner Scheppers (2-0) got the decision with two innings of scoreless relief as Texas racked up a fourth straight triumph.

Josh Hamilton went 4-for-4 with two runs scored while Howie Kendrick, Chris Iannetta and Luis Jimenez each drove in a pair of runs for Los Angeles.

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