ARLINGTON -- Angels pitcher Jerome Williams said he wasn't trying to send any messages to the Rangers when he threw a pitch behind Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning on Friday night.
"It just got away from me. ... I wasn't trying to hit him," Williams said. "I just wanted to establish trying to get the fastballs in because I was going away from my strengths, and I was going away to hitters. I just wanted to try to throw something in."
Home-plate umpire Bob Davidson warned both teams after that pitch. Manager Ron Washington didn't see any reason why the Angels would be throwing behind his hitters. The Rangers, with a 7-2 lead, did have Craig Gentry steal in the third inning, but Washington said that was part of the game.
"Gentry came to me [when it was 7-0] and asked if we were shutting it down," Washington said. "I said, 'Let's see.' Then Mike Trout hit that two-run [home run in the top of the third], and I said, 'We're back on.' We're not looking to embarrass anybody, we're just out to play baseball. That's the way we play."