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Mike Trout, Angels come out swinging in 15-6 win over Texas Rangers

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Angels beat Texas, 15-6, as Kole Calhoun falls a home run short of hitting for the cycle

KEY MOMENT: Three innings in, Kole Calhoun had a triple, double and a single. With two chances to hit for the cycle, the Angels right fielder grounded out to first in the fifth and singled to center in the eighth. Was Calhoun going for the homer? "One hundred percent, yes," he said. "I've never hit for the cycle before." Calhoun was in the on-deck circle when Hank Conger flied out to end the ninth.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels had season highs in runs and hits (17) and pounded Rangers starter Colby Lewis for 13 runs and 13 hits in 21/3 innings. Calhoun, Mike Trout, who hit a three-run homer in the third, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton (three doubles) combined to go 13 for 19 with 11 runs and nine RBIs. The Angels went seven for 13 with runners in scoring position, and they surpassed Oakland as the highest-scoring team in baseball with 460 runs.

ON THE MOUND: It took 13 starts, but hard-luck left-hander Hector Santiago (1-7) finally notched his first win as an Angel, allowing four runs — three earned — and five hits, striking out eight and walking one in six innings. "I wanted to dump the water cooler on myself," Santiago said. "Thirteen runs in three innings? These guys wanted me to win more than I did." Catcher Chris Gimenez, the eighth position player in Rangers history to pitch, retired the side in order in the ninth.

WILSON OUT: Struggling left-hander C.J. Wilson, who has allowed 19 earned runs and 31 hits in 162/3 innings of his last four starts, was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a right-ankle sprain he suffered Wednesday. An MRI test revealed a "moderate" sprain that will sideline Wilson for two to four weeks, but General Manager Jerry Dipoto said that won't spark a pursuit of rotation help before the July 31 trade deadline. "We're going to march on with what we have," he said. Manager Mike Scioscia thinks Wilson will benefit from a mental break. "He's been banging his head against the wall trying to get back to where he knows he can be," Scioscia said. "Maybe just by exhaling a bit and getting a different perspective, he can get to that result a little quicker."

ROSTER MOVES: The Angels recalled right-hander Drew Rucinski, 25, from double-A Arkansas, where he was 7-4 with a 2.35 earned-run average in 17 starts. Reliever Cory Rasmus was recalled from triple-A and threw two scoreless innings, right-hander Cam Bedrosian was sent to double-A, and left-hander Nick Maronde, who has 30 walks in 16 minor league innings, was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Garrett Richards (10-2, 2.71 ERA) will oppose Texas right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-4, 4.29 ERA) at Globe Life Park on Friday at 5 p.m. PDT. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830 AM.

--Mike DiGiovanna

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