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TEX@LAA: Bourjos cranks a triple to cut into deficit

ANAHEIM -- As Texas hit moon shot after moon shot Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, all the Halos could do was sit back and watch, unable to match their muscle.

The Angels gave up five home runs -- tied for the most at home this season -- in a 10-3 loss in front of 39,529.

Getting through the Rangers' order unscathed the first time around, starter Tyler Chatwood wasn't so lucky the second time.

With one out in the third, Ian Kinsler belted a solo shot into the Angels' bullpen, before a walk and four singles gave the Rangers a 4-1 lead.

It was enough to chase Chatwood, who started in place of Ervin Santana after he was shut down for his final start. In 2 2/3 innings, Chatwood surrendered four runs on seven hits to take the loss.

"They are deep and it is tough to pitch against them and virtually impossible when you are behind in counts," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "That is what got Tyler tonight and what got a bunch of the guys on the mound.

"It is a tough lineup, but when you put them in hitting counts as much as we did, they are going to score 10 runs."

Falling to 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA, Chatwood finishes the season losing five straight games. Specifically having trouble at home, he finished 2011 with a 2-9 record and 5.51 ERA at Angel Stadium.

"I thought Chatwood pitched pretty well until giving up that home run to Kinsler. That really changed the game and the momentum," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

With Chatwood moving rapidly up the depth chart for the Angels this season, Scioscia understands that he still isn't a finished product.

"I think he's had some growing pains, but you can see his talent," Scioscia said. "Then you have games like tonight where you can see youthful flaws. He is a young guy with a good arm. This year was good experience to understand the challenges."

After Texas squirted across another run in the fourth against Jerome Williams, Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz led off the fifth with back-to-back-to-back home runs to give Texas a commanding 8-2 lead.

It was the first time since June 9, 2008, that the Angels allowed three straight home runs.

"I just tried to go out there and execute pitches. It is one of those nights where you have to tip your hat," Williams said.

"When we do fall behind, you just have to try and get back into the count where we can get them out. We just had to attack and if they get hits, you just have to try and minimize the damage. We couldn't do that."

Napoli tacked on another home run, a two-run shot in the seventh off reliever Trevor Bell, his career-high 28th of the season.

The Halos' runs were due much in part to the team's youngsters.

Playing some small ball in the first with the speedy Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos, the Angels plated their first run.

A walk and stolen base by Trout and a bunt base hit by Bourjos -- his 16th of the season -- put runners on the corners with one out before Bobby Abreu hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Trout.

The Angels plated a run in the third thanks to a single by Andrew Romine and a triple by Bourjos. The three-bagger by Bourjos marked his 11th of the season, the most by an Angels player since Chone Figgins had 17 in 2004.

"It is good to get the young guys out there and have their energy," Scioscia said. "They hadn't played a lot this month. It is good to get them out there and get comfortable."

Rookie Jeremy Moore, who entered for Vernon Wells in the sixth, got his first career hit, a single off the glove of shortstop Michael Young in the seventh and later scored on a double-play grounder. Comments