Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back run fifth inning, propelling the Rangers to an 8-4 victory game series.

Ian Kinsler finished with four hits, including two doubles, at the top of the Texas order and scored three times. Michael Young added three hits and drove in two for the Rangers, who were coming off a three-game sweep of the Athletics in Oakland.

The Angels' Hisanori Takahashi gave up the bulk off the Rangers' runs, allowing four in one inning of relief. His services were needed because Angels starter Garrett Richards left after two-thirds of an inning because of a strained right groin.

Russell Branyan smacked a pinch-hit, two-run homer for the Angels, who have dropped five of six.