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Angels' Williams says pitch got away

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."

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ARL Full Game Coverage INGTON -- 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."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.