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excerpt from ESPN's game recap-
The 11:07 a.m. CT start was the earliest home game in the 42 seasons the Rangers have played in Texas -- the game was moved up eight hours because of the threat of bad weather.
The game was played mostly under overcast skies, and there were quick showers while the Rangers batted in the first and fifth innings without any delays. It was a downpour after Nathan got two quick outs before Josh Hamiltonhad a pinch double and Mike Trout walked.
"I was saying we've got to stop this game," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "The guys standing on the infield, if a ball is hit to them, I can't see them throwing it across the infield. But we didn't have to worry about that because Joe got him out.'
Nathan described it as "basically a lake out there."
Joakim Soria (1-0) got his first major league victory since July 23, 2011, striking out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Derek Holland. Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers each worked a scoreless inning before Nathan took over.
A two-time All-Star, Soria was recovering from elbow ligament surgery when he signed a two-year deal with the Rangers last offseason. The right-hander's season debut July 7 was his first major league appearance in nearly two years.
Aybar led off the game with the first of his three doubles, then scored the first of his three runs. He came home on sacrifice flies by Trout in the first and third innings.
The Rangers got even at 1 when Alex Rios hit the grounder under Romine that sent homeIan Kinsler, who had a leadoff single.
Craig Gentry, 15 for 33 the last nine games, had a leadoff double in the second beforeDavid Murphy walked and Leonys Martin had the first of his two sacrifice bunts.
Kinsler hit a liner off the upper body of Richards, who grabbed the ball and looked the runner back to third before making an errant throw to first base that allowed a run. Rios had a sac fly and Elvis Andrus, who had singled, scored on a wild pitch that ricocheted only a few feet in front of the plate.
The Angels closed to 5-4 in the fifth on doubles by Aybar and Kendrick that chased Holland.
Rios, acquired from the Chicago White Sox after Texas slugger Nelson Cruz was suspended, had a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth and scored on a single by A.J. Pierzynski, who came home on a safety squeeze bunt that the speedy Gentry turned into an infield hit.
"We did the little things, we moved guys over, we were able to pick each other up and we played as a team," said Rios, who has played 1,453 career games over 10 seasons without getting into the playoffs. "When you do that, you have a pretty good chance to do well. That's what we've been doing.