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LAA@TEX: Trumbo blasts a two-run home run to left

ARLINGTON -- The Angels' youth brigade turned Rangers Ballpark into their private amusement park on Tuesday night.

"Seemed like those guys were running around the bases all night," Texas manager Ron Washington said in the wake of his team's 15-4 thrashing in front of 22,450 fans.

Rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo and sophomore center fielder Peter Bourjos erupted offensively behind veteran Matt Palmer, who outdueled Colby Lewis as the Angels evened the series at a game each.

Trumbo homered, doubled and singled, driving in four runs and scoring twice. Bourjos homered, doubled and singled twice, knocking in three runs and scoring three times.

Another member of the Angels' youth movement, catcher Hank Conger, had two hits and a walk, driving in a pair of runs.

After it was over, Trumbo was batting .286, Conger .333 and Bourjos .293.

"We've spent so much time with each other coming up, we know what to expect from each other," Conger said. "We're able to take jabs at each other and give each other tips when we see something.

"Naturally, we're all pulling for each other, so this was a big night."

Turning the bottom third of the order into a thrashing machine, Trumbo, Conger and Bourjos combined for nine hits, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

Palmer, replacing injured Joel Pineiro in the rotation, held Texas to one run across six strong innings. The game was delayed 11 minutes by a downpour about an hour before game time.

"I love throwing against Texas," Palmer said. "Any time there's competition at the highest level, that's where I want to be. Against any of the big teams, I want to come in and throw hard. It felt really good to get this one."

The American League West rivals are tied for the division lead with 11-6 records heading into Wednesday night's rubber match. Jered Weaver looks to become the Majors' first five-game winner when he faces southpaw Matt Harrison.

The Angels will be without Brandon Wood, who was designated for assignment to clear roster space for shortstop Erick Aybar. Aybar has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

"These guys can play. I love this team. It's all I've wanted since I was drafted when I was 18 years old, to play for the Angels," Wood said, having shed some tears with his teammates upon getting the news from manager Mike Scioscia. "I hope for a chance to redeem myself, prove myself, but it's tough right now."

Palmer, making his second start, used his darting sinker and curveball to maintain his grip on the Rangers. In nine career appearances against Texas, Palmer has yielded four earned runs in 21 innings for a 1.71 ERA.

Trumbo, taking advantage of Kendrys Morales' absence to show his talents, singled home a run in the second inning to give Palmer the lead and unloaded a two-run shot to left in the fourth for a 3-1 cushion.

Scioscia gave Trumbo the green light on a 3-0 count, and he unloaded.

"Of all my hits, the first one was the biggest," Trumbo said. "I battled. On the home run, I got a good enough look at [Lewis] and got something middle in. I never look to pull. Right-center is where I set my sights, and then I just react to it. I get in trouble when I start looking to pull."

After the sizzling Maicer Izturis lofted his second homer of the season in the fifth, Trumbo greeted former Angels right-hander Mason Tobin with an RBI double to right-center in the sixth following Alberto Callaspo's one-out single.

Tobin, who missed almost two seasons following Tommy John surgery, left with an initial report of pain in the right elbow after walking Conger.

Facing lefty Michael Kirkman, Bourjos lined an RBI single over shortstop Elvis Andrus and came flying around to score when left fielder David Murphy let it get past him for a three-base error.

"I've been feeling good in the batter's box the last week -- maybe too good," Bourjos said. "I've been cutting loose."

A two-out single by Ian Kinsler behind Mitch Moreland's double had tied it briefly for the Rangers in the third. They loaded the bases in the fourth with one out on a hit batsman, single and walk, but Palmer struck out Yorvit Torrealba and got Moreland to hit into a force.

In the grip of a 3-for-34 slump, Torii Hunter lined a single to right in the seventh, stopped at third on Vernon Wells' double and scored on Callaspo's second hit.

After Conger stroked a two-run single to left, Bourjos lifted his second homer of the season deep into the left-field seats to complete the five-run inning.

"I've been feeling good in the batter's box the last week -- maybe too good," Bourjos said. "I've been cutting loose.

"I never hit a home run when I'm trying to hit one. That one tonight was a fastball over the middle of the plate. I put a good swing on it."

Bourjos' drive was estimated at 409 feet. Yorvit Torrealba homered for the Rangers in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez to complete the long-ball barrage.

After Hisanori Takahashi yielded a run in the seventh on two singles and Julio Borbon's sacrifice fly, Wells singled home Bobby Abreu, who'd walked, in the eighth.

Bourjos tripled into the right-field corner in the ninth and scored when third baseman Andres Blanco dropped Wood's popup for an error.

That would be Wood's final at-bat in an Angels uniform.

"He's a great kid," Hunter said. "I want to see Brandon go on and have the great career he deserves. We all do." Comments