ARLINGTON (AP) – Alexi Ogando pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre homered, and the Texas Rangers beat Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 on Friday night.
Ogando (4-0) missed his scheduled start last Sunday against the New York Yankees because of a blister on his right index finger. He was in command against the Angels in his eighth career start, all this season after converting from the bullpen.
The lanky right-hander allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. Ogando struck out five and walked one for the Rangers, who had lost 11 of 16.
Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.
Weaver (6-3) has lost his last three starts after winning his first six. He allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one, but allowed two homers after giving up only two in his first eight starts.
On April 20, Weaver pitched a complete game in a 4-1 victory at Texas.
Erick Aybar homered for the Angels, who had won five of eight.
For the third straight game, Rangers manager Ron Washington went with a revamped lineup that included Michael Young as the cleanup hitter, former No. 9 batter Julio Borbon leading off, former leadoff man Ian Kinsler in the No. 3 slot and previous cleanup hitter Beltre at No. 6.
The Rangers scored seven runs in a win over Oakland in the first game with the shuffled order, and put up seven more in three innings Wednesday against the A’s in a game that was eventually postponed due to heavy rain.
Andrus’ solo homer in the first gave Texas the lead. In the third, Aybar connected with two outs, his first of the season, to tie it at 1.
Texas went in front 2-1 in the fourth on consecutive doubles by Kinsler and Young. Andrus’ RBI single in the fifth gave Ogando a two-run margin.
Beltre’s solo shot in the sixth was his team-high ninth, extending Texas’ advantage to 4-1.
Borbon left in the seventh inning with a strained left hamstring. He ran to the warning track in right-center to grab Hank Conger’s flyball, and Borbon grabbed the back of his left leg after the catch.
Borbon was replaced by Craig Gentry.
NOTES: Rangers OF Josh Hamilton took batting practice for the first time since sustaining a broken bone in his right shoulder in April. The 2010 AL MVP said he faced between 40 and 50 pitches and felt good. Hamilton will continue hitting in the cage for the next few days, then have a CT scan early next week to check on how well the shoulder is healing. … Texas OF Nelson Cruz also continues to progress from a strained right quadriceps that landed him on the 15-day DL on May 7. Cruz took early BP with Hamilton and will test his leg in running sessions over the weekend. Cruz could begin a five-game rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco next week. … RHP Scott Feldman will start for Frisco in a rehab assignment on Saturday and throw about 80 pitches. Feldman hasn’t pitched this season due to right knee surgery. … The Angels began a seven-game trip and opened a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. … Aybar extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games. … The Rangers hired former third base coach Dave Oliver as a special assistant for baseball operations. Oliver coached for Texas from 1987-94. … Weaver had won his previous three starts against Texas.