Rangers shut out Angels again

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Fighting to stay in contention, the Texas
Rangers knocked the Anaheim Angels down a notch.

Rookie Chris Young held the Angels to five hits in six-plus
innings, and Kevin Mench singled in the only run Sunday as the
Rangers beat the suddenly punchless Angels 1-0.

Shut out by the Rangers for the second day in a row, the Angels
fell three games behind AL West-leading Oakland and remained five
back of Boston in the wild-card race.

Texas stayed five games back of the Athletics.

"You could tell when we came in here after the Oakland series),
we weren't going to fold the tent," Texas manager Buck Showalter
said after his team took two of three following a four-game split
against the Athletics.

"We've been in two venues that have been tough for a visiting
club, and we handled it well. We're giving ourselves a chance.
We've won seven out of 10, and it seems like we're a day away from
people throwing sand on us."

The Rangers' latest win came a day after they used seven
pitchers in a 2-0 victory over the Angels, who lead the major
leagues in hitting at .285. Anaheim has been shut out 10 times this
season -- three in the last five games.

"Obviously, it's not a good time for our bats to go silent,"
Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. 'Everybody's tired in the whole
league, everybody's banged up in the whole league. We've got guys
who are tired and banged up. But since we're down to 13 games left,
I don't think it's a time of year to give in to that."

It's the first time since Sept. 28-29, 1992, against Kansas City
that the Angels were shut out by the same team in consecutive home
games. It also was the first time since 1989 that the Rangers
recorded consecutive shutouts on the road against the same
opponent. The Angels also were on the losing end that time.

Jarrod Washburn (11-8) held the Rangers to an unearned run in
eight innings, allowing Mench's single in the fourth after right
fielder Vladimir Guerrero dropped Hank Blalock's leadoff fly ball
for a two-base error.

"Earlier this season, our pitchers weren't pitching well and
our offense was going good," Washburn said. "Now our offense is
in a slump. But I know they will come out of it."

Young (2-2), making just his fifth major league start, struck
out four and walked none. In his previous start, he gave up six
runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings during a 7-3 loss to the
Chicago White Sox.

"I had a good fastball, good location and good command, and I
was able to go from there," Young said. "It's fun to be pitching
in meaningful games this time of year."

Carlos Almanzar, Brian Shouse and Francisco Cordero blanked the
Angels the rest of the way for the Rangers' eighth shutout of the
year. Cordero got his 46th save in 50 chances.

Almanzar, pitching while his five-game suspension for his role
in last week's fight with fans at Oakland is under appeal, was
ejected in the eighth.

With two outs and none on, Almanzar raised his arms and yelled
at plate umpire Ed Rapuano after falling behind 3-0 in the count
against David Eckstein. Rapuano walked toward the mound, Almanzar
continued to jaw at him, and the umpire tossed him.

"I've known Eddie for a long time, and he's one of the best
umpires in baseball," Showalter said. "I'm sure he felt like
Carlos crossed over the line and he thought it was warranted in
that situation, but Carlos wasn't going to face the next hitter,
anyway. Fortunately, Brian got a big out for us."

Game notes
Texas 2B Alfonso Soriano had his injured left hamstring
examined Sunday and is expected to be out at least another week.
... Anaheim previously was shut out by the same team in consecutive
games Sept. 18-19, 2001, at Seattle. ... Texas purchased the
contracts of OF Chad Allen and RHP Kameron Loe from Triple-A
Oklahoma, and Allen started in left field and went 1-for-3. To make
room on the 40-man roster, RHP Juan Dominguez was placed on the
60-day DL with a sore right knee and LHP Sam Narron was designated
for assignment. ... Anaheim CF Garret Anderson, who had missed two
starts because of tendinitis in his left knee, went 0-for-4 as the