Francisco Rodriguez reacts after finishing off the Rangers. (Mark Avery/AP)
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Juan Rivera's two-out, pinch-hit double with the bases loaded sparked a five-run rally in the eighth as the Angels escaped with a win in the opener. Francisco Rodriguez nailed down save No. 51 on the season, and Jon Garland snagged his 12th win with eight innings of work.
BATTING 2B: Davis, C (15, Garland), Blalock (7, Garland). HR: Bradley (22,
1st inning off Garland, 2 on, 1 out), Davis, C (14, 4th inning off Garland, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Davis,
C 6; Hamilton; Bradley 4; Arias; Blalock 2; Saltalamacchia; Young, M; Byrd. RBI: Bradley 3 (72), Davis,
C 2 (39). 2-out RBI: Davis, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Saltalamacchia
2; Cruz, N. GIDP: Young, M. Team RISP: 2-for-5. Team LOB: 6.
Cruz, N (1, fielding), Davis, C (2, throw).
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