Rangers lose again, fall to 0-3

4-4-07 -- Ervin Santana helped the Angels to a season-opening sweep.

Santana held Texas to four hits in seven innings, Gary Matthews Jr. made another leaping catch and Los Angeles beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 Wednesday for only the fourth 3-0 start in franchise history.

The Angels outscored the Rangers 17-7 and left Texas rookie manager Ron Washington looking for his first victory. The Angels hadn't opened with a three-game sweep since 2004 at Seattle.

Last year, the Angels struggled to a 17-28 start and didn't sweep a three-game series until July 3-5 at the Mariners. Their 54-29 record from July on was the best in the major leagues, but they still couldn't get to the playoffs.

Los Angeles took a 4-0 lead in the first off Brandon McCarthy (0-1), with two of the runs unearned because of shortstop Michael Young's error. Vladimir Guerrero singled home one run and Garret Anderson doubled in another.

Playing against his former team, Matthews leaped at the wall to rob Young of a home run in the first inning. Anderson also made a fine sliding catch of Kenny Lofton's drive into the gap in left-center in the third inning.

Guerrero went 1-for-4 and finished the series 6-for-11 with one homer and five RBIs. In 57 career games against Texas, he is batting .437, with 21 homers and 50 RBIs.

Santana (1-0) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings with six strikeouts. Hector Carrasco followed with a perfect eighth and Francisco Rodriguez allowed Brad Wilkerson's sacrifice fly in the ninth before striking out Nelson Cruz with runners at the corners for his second save in as many chances.

McCarthy, making his Texas debut, allowed five runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits in six innings. He spent most of his last year, his first full season in the majors, as a reliever with the Chicago White Sox and went 4-7 with a 4.68 ERA in two starts and 51 relief appearances.

Matthews led off the bottom of the first with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and took third when Young made an error on Orlando Cabrera's liner.

Guerrero followed with his third straight first-inning RBI single, Anderson doubled off the wall in right, Casey Kotchman hit an RBI groundout and Maicer Izturis had a sacrifice fly.

Texas for its runs in the third on Gerald Laird's sacrifice fly and Young's RBI single.