Also in that game, Brandon McCarthy pitched the latest in a string of rebound performances after a rocky first month or so as a Ranger. He held the Yankees to one run on just five hits and has now held opponents to only two runs in his last 11 1/3 innings of work.
In Friday's loss to the Angels, Sammy Sosa connected for his 596th homerun off starter John Lackey. The blast closed the deficit to 6-3 and pretty much ruined any hope Lackey had at going the distance in the game for the Angels.
Mark Teixeira hit an even .400 (10-25) against the Yankees and Angels with 1 homer and 6 RBI.
Sunday, May 13th: Rangers 7, Angels 6
Because of the offensive outburst and cavalcade of uplifting moments last Thursday provided, I briefly considered giving this title to the 14-2 win against the Yankees. But if you're a fan, then how could you not pick Sunday afternoon's affair against the Angels as the Game of the Week? True, the Mother's Day game-winner off Scot Shields into the seats just above the Rangers bullpen has yet to be viewed as the blast that turned Nelson Cruz's season around. But if that blast, along with the stare-down initiating breaking ball that left the hand of Joaquin Benoit and hit Gary Matthews Jr. in the behind, both can be looked back on as turning points of the 2007 season - I think we'll all be just fine with that.