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Freese's HR carries Los Angeles Angels over Texas Rangers

David Freese belted the go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning and finished the game with a sparkling defensive play to boost the Angels to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers to open a three-game series.

Garrett Richards (1-1) gave up three hits and a pair of runs over seven innings. Richards, who walked three and had five strikeouts, moved to 7-1 lifetime against the Rangers.

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C.J. Cron had three hits and scored once for the Angels, who split a four-game series at home with Oakland this week.

Huston Street escaped a jam in the ninth for his sixth save.

Before the game began, reports surfaced that the Angels were ready to trade former American League MVP Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers. The Angels are reportedly going to pay about $65 million of the $83 million that is owed to Hamilton through the 2017 season.

Wandy Rodriguez yielded five hits and a run over five innings in the start for the Rangers. Keone Kela (0-1) gave up the homer to Freese and suffered his first career loss.

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Prince Fielder had two of Texas' three hits, as the Rangers lost for the fourth time in five games.

With Mike Trout on second, Freese was facing a 3-2 count with two outs when he homered to center field.

Street retired the first two batters in the ninth, but Adrian Beltre walked and pinch-runner Delino DeShields stole second and went to third when Chris Iannetta's throw skipped into center field. Shin-Soo Choo walked, but Elvis Andrus hit a sharp bouncer toward third. Freese, who was playing in, ranged to his left and threw to first for the final out.

Mitch Moreland and Fielder knocked in runs in the top of the third, before Iannetta's sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 2-1.

Game Notes

The Angels have won 16 of the last 20 meetings ... Richards has won five consecutive starts versus Texas. He joins Bartolo Colon (11), Ramon Ortiz (5) and Frank Tanana (5) as the only Angels to win at least five consecutive starts against the Rangers.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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