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Rangers, Delay Can’t Stop Angels : Baseball: Smith, Fabregas provide key 10th-inning hits to beat Texas, 8-6, in completion of suspended game.

From Associated Press

Dwight Smith hit a run-scoring single and Jorge Fabregas hit a two-run double in the 10th inning Wednesday night as the Angels defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-6, in the completion of a suspended game.

The teams were tied after eight innings, 5-5, when the game was suspended at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday because of the American League curfew, which prevents an inning from starting after 1 a.m. on a team’s first trip in.

Salmon, who went four for five with a triple and a double, singled with one out against Kevin Brown (2-6) and Chili Davis walked. Smith, batting for Spike Owen, singled to left for the go-ahead run. One out later, Fabregas doubled to right-center.

Mike Butcher (2-0) pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up a 10th-inning run-scoring single to Manuel Lee.

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The game was delayed 2 hours, 48 minutes by rain Tuesday night. Bruce Hurst made his Ranger starting debut and gave up two runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The 36-year-old left-hander, making his first American League appearance since 1988, agreed to a minor-league contract on Dec. 21 and was purchased from the Rangers’ Oklahoma City farm club prior to Tuesday’s start after three effective minor-league outings.

The Angels tied the score at 5-5 in the seventh when Gary DiSarcina singled and Damion Easley followed with his fourth home run of the season.

Tom Henke pitched to the final batter Tuesday night, but he felt discomfort in his right shoulder Wednesday and was replaced by Brown, who had been scheduled to throw on the side.

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