ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Young had three hits and drove in three runs, including the tie-breaking RBI single for the Texas Rangers in an 8-7 victory Tuesday night that gave the AL West leaders a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.
Elvis Andrus had a one-out double in the sixth off Trevor Bell (1-1) for his third hit, then scored on Young’s bloop to right.
Instead of the potential pitcher’s duel, starters C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver both allowed seven runs without making it out of the fifth inning.
Darren O’Day (1-1), the second of five Texas relievers, struck out two in his inning. Hard-throwing rookie Neftali Feliz worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Young, Ian Kinsler and Vladimir Guerrero homered for the Rangers, who recovered from being swept in three games at Toronto over the weekend by winning their first two games of the season against the three-time defending division champs.
Guerrero was almost on a knee with full extension of his arms when he homered leading off the fourth. The ball barely cleared the 14-foot wall in left, falling in a small gap between the fence and a video screen that initially made it look the ball was still in play and brought manager Mike Scioscia out to get an explanation from the umpires.
Guerrero’s eighth homer this season was his first ever against his former team, giving him homers against all current 30 major league teams. The Angels didn’t re-sign the 35-year-old Guerrero after he helped lead them to five division titles the past six years.
Torii Hunter and Juan Rivera both hit two-run homers in the Angels’ five-run fourth that was their highest-scoring inning of the season.
Wilson hadn’t allowed a home run since July 9 until Hunter’s homer that gave the Angels a 3-2 lead. That was a homerless span of nearly 88 innings over 44 appearances for the former reliever who earned a rotation spot this spring.
Wilson led the AL with a 1.48 ERA, but that rose to 2.55 after his 4 1-3 innings with five strikeouts. He had given up only eight earned runs in 48 2-3 innings his first seven starts.
Weaver got only one more out and inflated his ERA from 2.47 to 3.40. The right-hander allowed nine hits and walked three.
Kinsler’s first homer of the season got the Rangers within 7-5 in the fifth, then Weaver was gone after allowing consecutive singles to Guerrero and Josh Hamilton. Nelson Cruz greeted Bell with a game-tying two-run single.
Texas led 2-0 after Andrus singled and Young hit his fourth homer in the third.
The Angels then had their big inning, when the first run came on Bobby Abreu’s RBI single. Howie Kendrick was at third after a single, a stolen base and a throwing error on catcher Matt Treanor.
NOTES: Andrus is hitting .414 over his past 18 games (29 of 70) to raise his average from .246 to .333. He also scored three runs. ... Angels C Mike Napoli had thrown out only four of 29 attempted base stealers before getting Cruz and Kinsler in consecutive innings. Julio Borbon stole a base in the eighth. ... Hunter homered in both games, and has six for the season. ... Angels DH Hideki Matsui is 10 for 72 over the past 21 games with 16 strikeouts after going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.