Angels rally past Rangers, 4-1

Angels rally past Rangers, 4-1
Albert Pujols scores on a two-out, two-run single by C.J. Cron as the Angels take control in the sixth inning Saturday against Texas. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

KEY MOMENT: Designated hitter C.J. Cron came to the plate with the bases loaded and the score tied, 1-1, with two out in the sixth inning. Cron lined a pitch from reliever

Roman Mendez

up the middle, and center fielder

Leonys Martin

dived but could not make the catch. Two runs scored on the play, putting the


ahead, 3-1.

AT THE PLATE: Outfielder Kole Calhoun had three of the Angels' eight hits. Infielder Grant Green, recalled from triple A on Friday, had two.

Albert Pujols

, who hit the ball hard Friday night but came up empty, delivered a bases-loaded single against Mendez in the sixth inning that helped set the stage for Cron. Pujols also drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.


C.J. Wilson

, who was pushed back in the rotation because of elbow stiffness after his previous start, gave up one run and seven hits in 52/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three. He threw 103 pitches, 58 for strikes. In the sixth inning, Wilson walked

Mitch Moreland

, gave up a single to

Elvis Andrus

and then walked

Shin-Soo Choo

to load the bases. Wilson got

Adam Rosales

to pop out to shortstop

Erick Aybar

and then was replaced by

Vinnie Pestano

, who got

Robinson Chirinos

to ground out to Aybar. Pujols saved a run by scooping the ball on Aybar's low throw to first base.

SEASON DEBUT: Green started at second base, and one of his hits started the Angels' sixth-inning rally. Green was batting .328 at triple-A Salt Lake. Green, who can play multiple positions, said he was ready for whatever role is required. “I've always said, as long as I have an Angels uniform on, that's all that really matters and go from there,” he said.

EXTRA BASES: Before the game, the Angels honored Don Baylor, Vladimir Guerrero and

Mike Trout

, all winners of the

American League

most valuable player award. Baylor won in 1979, Guerrero in 2004 and Trout last season.

ON THE FARM: Third-base prospect Kyle Kubitza, who was acquired from Atlanta for pitcher Ricardo Sanchez in January and is seen as a probable replacement for

David Freese

in 2016, is off to a hot start at Salt Lake. He batted .394 with a .429 on-base percentage and .621 slugging percentage in his first 16 games. The left-handed-hitting Kubitza had 11 doubles, two triples, six runs batted in, 19 strikeouts and four walks in 70 at-bats.

UP NEXT: Left-hander

Hector Santiago

(2-1, 2.45 ERA) will pitch against Nick Martinez (2-0, 0.45) in a 12:30 p.m. series finale at Angel Stadium. TV:

Fox Sports

West; Radio: 830, 1330.