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10/01/09 10:30 PM EST
Angels set franchise runs record
Club eclipses old mark of 866 in home finale
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Despite not making his first start of the season until Thursday, Angels outfielder Terry Evans somehow found a way to etch his name into the Angels' record books in back-to-back games. A day after Evans drove home the Angels' 866th run on Wednesday to tie the franchise record for runs in a season, Evans scored the record-breaking run in the third inning of Thursday's 11-3 loss to the Rangers on a wild pitch by Kevin Millwood. It was a cool treat for Evans, who was called up earlier this month after the rosters expanded to 40 players on Sept. 1. "Someone texted me this morning about driving in the run to tie the record last night, so that was pretty cool," Evans said. "I didn't even realize it. But it's awesome. The coolest part is that I'm getting some playing time down the stretch." Just moments after Evans scored, Kendry Morales connected for a two-run homer to add to the Halos' record-breaking total, which now stands at 869 runs with three games remaining. The Angels' offense currently ranks second in the Majors in runs scored behind the Yankees (898), averaging 5.5 per game. This season also marked the ninth time that the Angels reached the 800-runs plateau, with five of those seasons coming since Mike Scioscia took over as manager in 2000. "It says a lot," catcher Mike Napoli said of the Angels' prolific offense. "We all worked together and clicked together this year, and it just happened. I don't know what to put on it, but we're just doing our thing."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.