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Recap: Angels 8, Rangers 4
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: April 06, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
  

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Matt Harrison found trouble early instead of late in his second start of the season. The result was the same - a loss.

Harrison allowed two-run homers to Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo in the first inning, Pujols went deep again in his only other plate appearance that wasn't an intentional walk, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 8-4 on Saturday despite another rough day for Josh Hamilton in his return to Texas.

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``The biggest thing was that first inning,' said Harrison, who lost to Houston on opening night and has an 8.44 ERA after allowing eight hits and five runs in five innings against the Angels. ``The balls I left up in the zone were hit hard, and it just led to a four-spot in that first and put us in a big hole.'

Harrison (0-2) settled down with three scoreless innings after six of the first nine Los Angeles batters reached base to build a 5-0 lead. It was the opposite of his first start against Houston, when he retired the first nine hitters before giving up two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

``He's had a couple of starts that probably are not characteristic of Harry,' said teammate Mitch Moreland, who ended an 0-for-13 start to the season with a long home run. ``But he's a great pitcher. He's one of our main guys. We're going to count on him every time he toes it up.'

Exactly a month earlier than he hit his first homer in his debut season for the Angels last year, Pujols drove a two-run shot to the lawn in center field and watched Hamilton strike out twice behind him after taking two of three intentional walks.

The next - and last - time the Rangers let him swing, Pujols homered off reliever Jason Frasor in the sixth.

``I think it was a smart move,' said Hamilton, who is 1 for 20 with 10 strikeouts after signing a $125 million, five-year contract. ``Albert was dominating today, obviously. If I was in their situation, I would have done the same thing.'

Moreland and Ian Kinsler hit third-inning home runs against Tommy Hanson (1-0), who gave up three runs and six hits over six innings in his Angels debut after arriving in an offseason trade with Atlanta.

The boos were loud again for Hamilton, who said before the game that his wife had to call over security during Friday's home opener for Texas because fans were shouting insults and obscenities at their family. There were no major incidents, and Hamilton said his family planned to return for the remaining two games.

Hamilton, a five-time All-Star with the Rangers who went 0 for 4 in his return Friday, walked in the first inning ahead of Trumbo's opposite-field home run to right.

First base was open the next two times Pujols came up, so Rangers manager Ron Washington chose to pitch to his former slugger. Hamilton struck out both times on breaking pitches in the dirt. He flied out to left in the sixth and again in the eighth after another intentional walk to Pujols.

``Hamilton is not swinging the bat well, we had some left-handers out there and we just went for the matchup each time,' Washington said. ``Each time we didn't walk (Pujols), you seen what happened.'

In his return to Texas, Hamilton is 0 for 8 with a walk and four strikeouts, and isn't hitting the ball very hard when he does make contact.

``If I was somewhere else, the same thing would be going on. It'll get better,' Hamilton said.

Pujols, also playing under the weight of a huge new contract at this time a year ago, didn't hit his first homer of 2012 until May 6 at Toronto. Odds were pretty good he would go deep at Rangers Ballpark, where he has four multihomer games in his past 15, including a three-homer outburst in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series with St. Louis.

After a slow start last year, Pujols knows what Hamilton is going through.

``We're only five games into the season. Let the guy settle down,' Pujols said. ``Let's see where we are a month from now. You guys said that last year about me and I proved a lot of people wrong.'

Moreland was the first batter to reach against Hanson when he hit a 435-foot home run halfway up the upper deck in right field in the third inning. Kinsler followed two batters later with a homer to left.

``I was just trying not to jump up and down running around the bases because I finally got a hit,' said Moreland, who went hitless with two strikeouts in his other three at_bats. ``It's definitely not the start you want. But man, we've got a long ways to go.'

Nelson Cruz homered inside the left-field foul pole in the ninth off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, who was pitching because he hadn't appeared since getting the save on opening day Monday in Cincinnati.

NOTES: Pujols made his first start of the season at DH, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he planned to give Hamilton an occasional break from defense as well. ... The Rangers' infield committed its first error after 77 clean chances to start the season when 3B Adrian Beltre booted a grounder in the seventh. ... Hanson allowed the fourth-most homers in the NL last season (27) and gave up four in 18 1-3 innings during spring training. ... Rangers INF Leury Garcia made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter for Lance Berkman in the eighth and struck out.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Angels at Rangers
Fri, Apr 5 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Angels at Rangers
Sat, Apr 6 Final 8 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Angels at Rangers
Sun, Apr 7 Final 3 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  +113   -170   10 
 TEX  -123   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  +112   -175   10 
 TEX  -122   +155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  71%   73%   80% 
 TEX  29%   27%   20% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 2 Under: 5 
 TEX 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 3 Under: 9 
 LAA 6 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 9 Over: 19 
 TEX 10 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Apr 6
 
    Red Sox at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at White Sox
1:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Tigers
4:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Rangers
4:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Brewers
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Astros
7:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Rockies
8:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Dodgers
9:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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