Millwood Injured Again in Return Loss to Angels

5-14-07 - Kevin Millwood came off the disabled list for Texas, gave up a first-inning grand slam to Casey Kotchman, then left after five outs with an aggravated hamstring Monday in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Rangers.

Millwood, who had been sidelined since April 28 with a strained left hamstring, allowed four runs on three hits and three walks.

Angels starter Jered Weaver (2-3) gave up six hits in his longest outing of the season. In seven innings, he walked two, struck out five and threw 57 of 87 pitches for strikes. He allowed Hank Blalock's fourth homer of the season in the fourth inning.

Brad Wilkerson hit a solo homer for Texas in the ninth off Darren Oliver.

The Angels took three of four from Texas in the series and have won six of seven against the Rangers this season.

The grand slam was the second of Kotchman's career. He has 11 home runs in three major league seasons, including three this year. In his career, Kotchman has two homers in three at-bats against Millwood (2-4).

The grand slam followed walks to Reggie Willits and Gary Matthews Jr., sandwiched around Orlando Cabrera's single.

After a 33-minute rain delay in the third, Los Angeles stretched its lead to 7-0 by scoring three times against Willie Eyre. Mike Napoli hit an RBI double and Tommy Murphy followed with a two-run single for Los Angles.

Kotchman was among the Angels who took over from Vladimir Guerrero in tormenting Rangers pitchers during the weekend set.

Guerrero has 21 homers and 51 RBIs in 61 career games against the Rangers, but drove in just one run in the four-game series.

But Kotchman was 6-for-14 (.429) with five RBIs, Willits stretched his hitting streak to nine games and was 6-for-17 (.353) with five runs scored, and Cabrera's two hits Monday put him at 8-for-20 (.400) with four runs and two RBIs.