Rick Honeycutt, 5-17 a year ago, earned his 10th victory of the season with a five-hitter over visiting California
The victory, Honeycutt's fifth in a row, lowered his major league-leading earned run average to 1.37 and moved the Rangers within one-half game of first-place California in the American League West. Honeycutt walked two and struck out two while inducing 18 outs on ground balls.
Texas scored two runs in the first inning on a single by Wayne Tolleson, a walk to Buddy Bell, an error and two wild pitches by loser Bill Travers (0-3).
In that first inning, a bench-clearing brawl resulted in the ejection of Angels second baseman Bobby Grich. The trouble apparently started when Tolleson knocked Grich down returning to the base after a pickoff attempt by Travers. Grich said something to Tolleson a few seconds later, Travers made another pickoff attempt, but the ball went into center field. Tolleson again knocked down Grich and this time, Grich retaliated by hitting him repeatedly in the face before both dugouts emptied.
Tolleson, whose RBI single in the second inning scored Jim Sundberg (who had doubled) and made it 3-0, left in the sixth inning with a bruised left knee and right foot.
In the bottom of the third, with the Rangers leading, 5-0, the electricity in Arlington Stadium flickered off and on, and when it came back on three of the eight light towers remained out. Play resumed with power restored after 19 minutes.