The Texas Rangers didn't pack it in without Pudge. They hit the ball out instead.
In their first game since losing MVP Ivan Rodriguez to a season-ending thumb injury, the Rangers hit four home runs to beat the Anaheim Angels 9-6 Tuesday night.
"With Pudge out, the natural tendency is to slack off," Rangers manager Johnny Oates said. "So my focus right now is to make sure we're playing hard. ... We've won games before without Pudge, but we're going to miss him, no doubt about it."
Frank Catalanotto hit a leadoff homer for Texas and Rafael Palmeiro had a two-run homer in the first. Gabe Kapler and Rusty Greer also homered for the host Rangers.
"You can't take anything for granted with them," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Even with Pudge out, there are still a very good offensive team."
Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair three fractures at the base of his right thumb, which was injured Monday night. He is expected to be fully recovered by spring training.
"His injury has a huge impact on this club," said closer John Wetteland, who could be traded now that the Rangers' slim chances of getting back into the playoff race were crushed with the loss of their All-Star catcher.
In other AL games, it was the Yankees 19, Baltimore 1; Cleveland 10, Toronto 3; Minnesota 4, Boston 2; Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 4; Kansas City 6, the Chicago White Sox 1; Texas 9, Anaheim 6; and Oakland 8, Seattle 7.
Texas scored three runs in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. David Segui singled with one out off Mike Holtz (0-2). Pinch-runner Scarborough Green raced to third on Bill Haselman's single, and when left fielder Darin Erstad's throw to third eluded Troy Glaus, Green scored to give Texas the lead.
Haselman went to third on Erstad's error, and Gabe Kapler drove in two runs with a triple.
Rookie Doug Davis (4-2) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for the victory. Wetteland pitched the ninth for his 26th save.
In the National League, a Fernando Tatis grand slam isn't unusual. After all, he hit two in a single inning last year.
Randy Johnson getting chased after 5 2-3 innings. Now, that's something that doesn't happen too often.
"I never got ahead of hitters," Johnson said after his Arizona Diamondbacks lost 7-3 at St. Louis on Tuesday night. "I found myself behind in the count most of the night against a very good team. You can't pitch like that and expect to be successful."
Johnson (15-3) lasted just 5 2-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season, allowing five runs -- four earned -- and five hits with seven strikeouts.
He had completed six innings in 40 consecutive starts since a 10-4 loss to Atlanta on June 20, 1999. It was just the sixth time in 22 starts this season the Big Unit didn't reach double digits in strikeouts.
St. Louis rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the sixth when Mike Matheny hit a two-run homer off Johnson.
Placido Polanco singled, Edgar Renteria walked, Dan Plesac relieved and walked Jim Edmonds and Tatis connected off Russ Springer for his fourth career slam.
"When you hit a grand slam like that, it's a great feeling," Tatis said.
In other games it was Atlanta 6, Florida 5; New York 5, Montreal 0; Houston 7, Cincinnati 4; Chicago 8, Philadelphia 7; Los Angeles 6, Colorado 4; San Diego 3, San Francisco 2; and Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 1 in 11 innings.
At St. Louis, Garrett Stephenson (11-6) gave up three runs and five hits in eight innings.
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