G70: Rangers hang on with 8-7 win in Game 1 of DH

Boy, the Rangers really tried to give this one away, didn’t they?
Kevin Millwood came out, threw a good outing (6IP, 2R). Had too many walks (4 in 6 innings), but still got the job done. Only two runs allowed. Then Frank Francisco came in after an inning of scoreless relief by Jamey Wright. Francisco proceeded to stink up the joint worse than a Chan Ho Park outing. Just one out, gave up two hits, two walks, and allowed three earned runs to score. Well, some of them were “allowed” by Eddie Guardado, but you know what I mean. CJ Wilson got the save, and in true John Wetteland fashion, was all over the place, allowed a few runs to score, left guys on base – was so far from a clean save, it was’t funny.
We needed all the offense we got, plus a great defensive throw by Milton Bradley to gun out a Met at home plate turned out to be bigger than I think anyone thought it was at the time.
The Rangers were powered by three home runs (Vazquez, Kinsler, & Bradley). Bradley’s appeared to leave the park completely. Vazquez was the leader, going 3-4 with 4 RBI’s and two runs scored. Nice game for Ramon.