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TEX@LAA: Callaspo starts the rundown to nab Andrus

ANAHEIM -- Can anybody stop -- or even slow down -- the runaway Rangers?

The American League West leaders came, saw and conquered the Angels on Tuesday night in front of 43,103 at Angel Stadium. Texas' 12th consecutive victory, the longest winning streak in the Major Leagues since Boston's 12-game run in 2006, was a 7-0 dismissal of its closest division pursuers.

"I'm not grading teams," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We're going to worry about our own game and hopefully play at a high enough level to gain some momentum."

The strong right arm of Alexi Ogando and a balanced offense featuring blunt weapons top to bottom pushed the Angels, one game behind the Rangers at the All-Star break, five back of the defending AL champs.

"We had some chances, but the guy made his pitches," the Angels' Howard Kendrick said of Ogando, who has made a stunning transition from the bullpen to a stacked Cliff Lee-less rotation. "He's got really good stuff. He throws upper 90s and was putting it in good spots along with his slider. Coming from the bullpen the way he did, I don't think anybody could have expected him to be this good.

"We have to get back to swinging the bats the way we can. We know we're better than we've shown since the [All-Star break]."

All-Stars Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Michael Young figured prominently in the attack against Tyler Chatwood, the Angels' 21-year-old right-hander who returned to the rotation after a 13-day absence related to the midseason break.

Endy Chavez, the Rangers' No. 9 hitter, joined the offensive assault with a two-run homer in the eighth against reliever Michael Kohn. p Hamilton matched it with a monstrous blast to center leading off the ninth, No. 13 for the reigning AL Most Valuable Player. Beltre followed with his 20th, to the left of center by the rocks. It was the fifth back-to-back homer eruption by Texas this season.

"We know they have a good team," said Beltre, the Rangers' big offseason free-agent acquisition. "We're playing great, and they're playing good. We want to create some pressure. We came here to win the series, but we're playing good and we'd like to keep the streak going."

The Rangers have outscored the opposition, 77-24, during their 12-game streak.

It will be up to Dan Haren on Wednesday night and Jered Weaver on Thursday afternoon to try to derail the Texas train run by the celebrated Express of Angels lore, Nolan Ryan.

This was the Rangers' first look at Chatwood, and it didn't take them long to get fairly comfortable. Hamilton doubled to the opposite field with two outs in the first and scored on Beltre's double down the left-field line.

Chatwood retired Nelson Cruz to leave two on in the first and made quality pitches to get through the second and third. A two-out, full-count walk by Mike Napoli, the Angels' former catcher, led to problems in the fourth. Chavez singled Napoli to third, and he scored when Ian Kinsler fisted a single to right. Napoli finished with two walks, a double and a single in five at-bats.

"I felt fine, strong," Chatwood said. "I've got to cut down on the walks. It's been an issue all season. I have to stop trying to nitpick and trust my stuff."

The Rangers extended their lead in the fifth with another two-out hit, this time by Young. Chatwood induced a double-play grounder by Beltre after a walk and Hamilton's second single, but Young served his single to right for his 63rd RBI.

The Angels left two men in scoring position in the third after the first of Mark Trumbo's two doubles and Torii Hunter's walk. Bobby Abreu grounded out to end the threat.

In the fifth, back-to-back doubles by Erick Aybar and Trumbo were wasted after Aybar was thrown out trying to stretch his into a triple. Beltre made an expert dig at third of the relay from shortstop Elvis Andrus after Chavez was quick to the ball off the wall in left-center.

"That was a big play by our defense," Ogando said. "I have a lot of confidence in our defense, and that play got me excited."

It didn't do much for Scioscia, who loves the running game but felt Aybar "probably got a little over-aggressive there."

Ogando frustrated the Angels again after the doubles, striking out Jeff Mathis and retiring Maicer Izturis on a popup.

After eight innings and 116 pitches, Ogando turned it over to the venerable Darren Oliver for the final three outs. Ogando allowed four hits and three walks, striking out five.

Chatwood departed after five innings, charged with three earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He had one strikeout -- erasing Cruz, the last man he faced.

Napoli drove a double the other way in the sixth against Rich Thompson after Mitch Moreland's leadoff single, but Thompson gamely escaped without any damage and delivered five more outs before departing for Kohn, who walked Napoli before Chavez unloaded his fourth homer to right.

"He definitely gave us what we were looking for," Scioscia said of Thompson. "He was getting to a point where he was getting stretched too far."

As for Kohn and his lively right arm, Scioscia believes it's a matter of location.

"His secondary pitches weren't there," Scioscia said. "It really comes down to commanding an at-bat, commanding the strike zone. Keep the count in your favor. He got behind hitters and came back with a fastball not located very well."

The Rangers and Angels have identical road records at 25-23. The difference has been Texas' 31-18 home record, compared to the Angels' 26-23.

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