04/01/09 6:00 PM ET
Loux looks solid as Halos fall late
Right-hander allows two earned over five frames; Brown, Quinlan homer
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
at Tempe, Ariz.
Wednesday, April 1
Angels at the plate: Matt Brown banged his third homer of the spring, pushing his team-leading RBI total to 20 in 44 at-bats. Robb Quinlan unloaded his fourth homer, a shot to left-center field. Maicer Izturis singled twice in three at-bats. Reggie Willits had a bunt single and a walk.
Rangers at the plate: Andruw Jones smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning, his third of the spring, to left field against Matt Wilhite. Josh Hamilton crushed his seventh homer of the spring, a tremendous drive to right-center. Hamilton leads the Cactus League with 58 total bases. Omar Vizquel doubled and singled home a run, and Taylor Teagarden doubled. Royce Huffman was given a double after clearing the 420 sign in center field, hitting a batter's eye covering and bouncing back onto the field.Angels on the mound: Shane Loux, in his final spring tuneup, was touched for three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks, striking out three men over five innings. Scot Shields surrendered a run on two singles and a walk, striking out one hitter. Jose Arredondo worked out of a second-and-third, no-outs jam with three pop flies. Jason Bulger pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout. Rangers on the mound: Doug Mathis yielded a first-inning run on two walks, a single and sacrifice fly and then settled into a groove, retiring 10 of 11 hitters before a walk preceded Brown's two-run homer. Mathis finished his four innings with three earned runs on three hits and three walks plus a hit batsman, striking out four. Tommy Hunter pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout, giving up one hit. Cactus League records: Angels 24-7-1; Rangers 19-13-1. Up next: Breaking camp, the Angels face the Dodgers on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium at 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Dustin Moseley tunes up for his projected start on Tuesday night against the Athletics. Moseley will face left-hander Randy Wolf of the Dodgers. Moseley is 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA in 3.15 ERA in five Cactus League outings. He has 15 strikeouts against five walks in 20 innings, yielding 21 hits. Darren Oliver, Rich Thompson and Jose Arredondo are scheduled to follow Moseley. The Angels sent most of their regulars home Tuesday to get a day of rest, and they figure to have most of their Opening Day starters on the field. Chone Figgins (.419 batting average, .478 on-base percentage) has had a brilliant preseason, with nine steals in 12 attempts and 16 runs scored in 21 games.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.