Martin's 11th-Inning HR Helps Rangers Beat Angels

Leonys Martin led off the 11th inning with a homer and the Texas Rangers scored another run on Erick Aybar's error before holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday to end a three-game skid.

Jose Alvarez (0-1), working his second inning of relief, fell behind Martin 3-0 before the Rangers' leadoff hitter drove a full-count pitch barely over the 18-foot wall in right field for his first homer of the season and 16th in 1,121 big league at-bats.

Aybar soon after made his second error of the game, misplaying a grounder in the hole by Elvis Andrus. The Angels got a run in the bottom half on Aybar's RBI single before Rangers closer Neftali Feliz threw a called third strike past Grant Green to end it.

Feliz (1-1) pitched two innings for the victory.

Reigning AL MVP Mike Trout tied the score 2-all in the seventh with a two-run homer against reliever Anthony Bass. Johnny Giavotella put the Angels ahead in the eighth with a bases-loaded RBI single off Shawn Tolleson after C.J. Cron singled for his fourth straight hit, Matt Joyce singled to snap a career-worst 0 for 26 drought, and Chris Iannetta walked.

Joe Smith came on in the ninth for his first save opportunity of the season, as manager Mike Scioscia rested Huston Street. Smith retired his first two batters before giving up three consecutive singles, including a tying hit to right field by Mitch Moreland.

Texas' Nick Martinez scattered seven hits, struck out two, walked two and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third.

Martinez finished April with a 0.35 ERA, allowing one earned run in 26 innings. It broke the previous Texas club record for lowest ERA through the end of April by a pitcher with 25 or more innings, which was held by Rick Honeycutt with a 0.72 figure in 1983.

Angels lefty Hector Santiago allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits through 5 1-3 innings.

He had four strikeouts and six walks, matching his total from his first three starts this season combined.

Santiago retired his first two batters in the second before giving up an unearned run. Aybar dropped a popup by Shin-Soo Choo after a single by Andrus, putting runners at the corners. Carlos Corporan walked on a full count, loading the bases, and No. 9 hitter Rougned Odor was hit with a 2-0 pitch to force in the game's first run.


Rangers: Before a herniated disc in his neck last year limited Prince Fielder to 42 games in his first season with Texas, he had missed only one of a combined 875 regular-season games by the Brewers and Tigers -- and that was because of flu-like symptoms.


Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo opposes Seattle RHP Taijuan Walker on Monday night in the opener of an eight-game homestand that concludes with another three-game set against the Angels. The only other time Gallardo faced the Mariners in the regular season during his nine-year career was on April 17, when he pitched six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win at Safeco Field.

Angels: RHP Jered Weaver (0-2) is making his fifth attempt at his first victory of the season Tuesday night at Oakland in a rematch of his April 22 duel with Athletics RHP Sonny Gray, who beat the Angels 9-2 after Weaver allowed one run in six innings.

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