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Richards solid as Angels rally to beat Rangers

Richards solid as Angels rally to beat Rangers

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Behind Kaleb Cowart and Garrett Richards, the Angels left their spring home on a high note with Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Richards, a right-handed reliever, continued his strong Spring Training with 2 1/3 shutout innings. He allowed three hits, struck out two and lowered his spring ERA to 1.62.

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Opposite Richards, Brad Mills turned in a solid outing for the Rangers. The left-hander began camp with the Angels and was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Sunday. In four innings, Mills allowed one run and four hits, while striking out three.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the top of the third inning, when Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre delivered RBI hits off of Jerome Williams for a 2-0 lead.

The Angels scored three times in the sixth and also scored in the third and seventh innings.

Non-roster invitee Luis Rodriguez got the Angels on the board with an RBI double in the third, but Cowart had the big blow with a two-run go-ahead double in the sixth.

Cowart finished 2-for-2, while Beltre had two hits for the Rangers.

Ernesto Frieri pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Angels.

"That's the best [Frieri] has looked this Spring," manager Mike Scioscia said.

Up Next for the Angels: Wednesday's contest was the Angels' final Cactus League game in Tempe, but C.J. Wilson will make his final spring tuneup in a Triple-A game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. The rest of the Angels will host the Dodgers at 7:05 PT that evening at Angel Stadium, where Joe Blanton will get the start on MLB.TV.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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