ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero hit a grand slam and another homer during a four-hit performance against his former teammates, leading the Texas Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Guerrero also had a long double and a single during the 42nd multihomer game of his career. The slugger has three homers and six hits in his first two games back at Angel Stadium since Los Angeles decided not to re-sign him last winter.
Guerrero's fourth-inning grand slam and eighth-inning solo shot sent Texas to its 14th win in 16 games despite a shaky major league debut for starter Omar Beltre, who made it through just four innings after giving up a leadoff homer to Erick Aybar.
Reggie Willits had a two-run double for the Angels during a rough start for Scott Kazmir, who couldn't get out of the fifth inning in his second straight loss after a four-game winning streak.
The AL West-leading Rangers earned their 21st win in June, setting a club record for wins in a month. After Tuesday's 6-5 loss in the series opener, Texas won for the ninth time in 10 road games to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time in nearly four weeks.
Dustin Nippert (3-3) pitched three innings of relief for the victory, and Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.
Josh Hamilton even extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an eighth-inning double after going hitless in his first three plate appearances, extending the majors' longest streak this season.
But all eyes were on Guerrero, who tied his career high with four hits for the 24th time during the third multihomer game of his first season with Texas. The 2004 AL MVP connected for the seventh grand slam of his career in his second game back in Anaheim, where he played the past six seasons for the Angels.
Kazmir faced the minimum nine batters through three innings until falling apart in the fourth. After hitting leadoff hitter Elvis Andrus, he gave up Michael Young's double and walked Ian Kinsler before Guerrero hammered a pitch into the trees behind the center field fence for his 17th homer.
Kazmir left after Kinsler's RBI single in the fifth, giving up six hits and five runs. Guerrero then hit Sean O'Sullivan's first pitch into the left-center gap for a double, but O'Sullivan got Nelson Cruz on a fly to right with the bases loaded.
Beltre, a 28-year-old right-hander, allowed Aybar's homer to right on his fourth major league pitch. He needed 85 pitches to get through four innings, allowing five hits and four walks while striking out six.
NOTES: General manager Jon Daniels wouldn't confirm the Rangers had acquired C Bengie Molina from the San Francisco Giants in a deal for reliever Chris Ray, saying he had "nothing to report at this time." Texas is interested in acquiring a catcher after Taylor Teagarden and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both struggled before getting sent to the minors. ... Before the game, the Rangers sent LHP Matt Harrison to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear room on the roster for Beltre. ... Beltre is the ninth starting pitcher of the season for the Rangers, who used just 10 last year. ... While Guerrero is rejuvenated and healthy with the Rangers, his Angels replacement, Hideki Matsui, is in a 2 for 23 slump after going 0 for 3 with a walk.