ANAHEIM, Calif. -- No one player was singled out Saturday night during the team meeting manager Ron Washington held with his Texas Rangers, but one play in particular convinced him to hold the meeting.
Elvis Andrus was the key figure in that play, when he thought a seventh-inning grounder from Mike Trout had struck Erick Aybar's jersey. Andrus stopped to argue, getting no outs, and Aybar and Trout would eventually score.
A day later, Andrus was the Rangers' best player in their 7-3 victory over Anaheim that snapped a four-game losing streak and prevented a sweep by their top rival in the American League West.
Andrus went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and made two terrific defensive plays as the Rangers pushed their West lead to 4 1/2 games. He played aggressively, which is the way Washington wants the Rangers to play and the way he saw them play at Angel Stadium.
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"Elvis always responds," Washington said. "What he did out there is what he's capable of doing. I never get on the guys for making mistakes. Just be aggressive."
Matt Harrison (7-3) retired the first 12 Angels and had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings, and Nelson Cruz supplied the big hit with a two-run homer in the seventh inning that was measured at 484 feet.
Michael Young and Mike Napoli each had two hits and an RBI as the Rangers collected 14 hits against Dan Haren (3-6) and four Angels relievers.
They also stranded 14 batters, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
"Timely hits are a part of the game," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "If we continue to get guys on base, someone's going to get the big hit eventually."
Andrus was the first to do so Sunday, with an RBI double in the second inning that gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead and snapped an 0-for-13 streak with runners in scoring position.
Young singled off Albert Pujols' glove in the fifth to score Kinsler, who was at third after a sacrifice bunt by Andrus, to give Harrison a 2-0 lead.
But he walked Mark Trumbo to start the Angels' fifth, and their first hit, a double by Aybar, allowed Trumbo to score.
The clubs exchanged runs in the sixth, and Cruz delivered his mammoth shot after Young had singled to start the seventh. It was the eighth big-league homer hit this season on a 3-0 pitch.
"They game me a green light," Cruz said. "In that situation you're trying to look for a pitch middle-in and a little up so you can drive it."
The Angels' last threat came after stretch time. Harrison had retired the first two hitters, but issued a single and a walk to end his day. Trout singled off Alexi Ogando to make it 5-3, and Alberto Callaspo walked to load the bases for Pujols.
Ogando threw two straight strikes, and then hit 100 mph on the stadium radar gun as Pujols popped to left field.
"I don't know what Ogando was feeling, but I certainly wasn't feeling good [about the situation]," Washington said.
Napoli and Andrus added RBI singles in the ninth.
Andrus later said that he didn't feel that he needed to make a statement with his play Sunday, but the be-aggressive message Washington delivered during the team meeting opened his eyes.
"It's one of those games that you needed," Andrus said. "We were happy to get the win and play our kind of baseball. I understand my mistakes, and I'm responsible for everything I do out there. I've got to keep going hard. I played my game for sure."
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