Kendrys Morales broke out of a slump in a big way.
He homered from both sides of the plate during a nine-run sixth inning, capping the burst with a grand slam that sent the Los Angeles Angels to a 15-8 rout of the host Texas Rangers on Monday.
"I'm very excited since it's not an easy thing to do," Morales said through an interpreter. "I felt comfortable, and I was able to connect."
Morales became the third switch-hitter in major league history to homer as a left-hander and a right-hander in the same inning. Carlos Baerga did it for Cleveland in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn of the Chicago Cubs did it in 2002.
Morales connected for a two-run shot in the sixth from the left side off Texas starter Roy Oswalt that put the Angels ahead 5-3. Morales then hit a grand slam off Robbie Ross from the right side.
"We need Kendrys, and his last 100 at-bats he hasn't been driving the ball or swinging like he can, so it's good to see," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
The last big leaguer with six RBIs in an inning was Juan Uribe of the Giants in 2010 at Wrigley Field against Chicago.
Trades: The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired former All-Star reliever Brandon League
The Chicago Cubs traded left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for two pitching prospects. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs also sent catcher Geovany Soto to Texas for a minor leaguer.
The Pittsburgh Pirates traded right-handed reliever Brad Lincoln to the Blue Jays for outfielder Travis Snider.
Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira left New York's game against Baltimore after he injured his left wrist while trying to make a diving play on a ground ball. X-rays were negative, but Teixeira will have further tests Tuesday.
Marlins: Manager Ozzie Guillen said left-hander Wade LeBlanc will take Carlos Zambrano's spot in the rotation and start Wednesday against Atlanta.
Jose Rijo accused: A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic said 1990 World Series MVP Jose Rijo has been accused of laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker. Prosecutors asked a court to order Rijo, 47, to remain in the country but did not seek his arrest.
Rijo led the Cincinnati Reds to the 1990 world championship. He also pitched for the A's and Yankees. Authorities began investigating him as part of a broader investigation after a Dominican journalist was kidnapped and killed.