Bobby Clark and Tim Foli each drove in two runs and Bruce Kison gave up seven hits in eight innings last night in Arlington, Tex., as the California Angels protected their American League West Division lead by beating the Texas Rangers, 10-1.
Kison (10-5) walked two and struck out eight before being relieved at the start of the ninth inning by Luis Sanchez.
California remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Kansas City in the AL West.
The 10-run output did not satisfy Angels Manager Gene Mauch. "We had too many left on base tonight," he said. "We had a lot of two-out hits. We had plenty of chances to put the game away early and we didn't."
California, which had 14 hits, scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Clark drove in Don Baylor with a second-inning ground out, Bob Boone scored on Rod Carew's third-inning sacrifice fly, Brian Downing doubled Foli home in the fourth and Clark singled in the fifth to score Baylor.
Foli added a two-run single in the seventh, Baylor singled in a run in the eighth, followed by a three-run homer by Juan Beniquez, his third.