The Texas Rangers (43-45) took two from the Los Angeles Angels (45-47) at Globe Life Park in its last series before the All-Star break. The Rangers own the season series, 5-4, and will next play the Angels for a four-game series at Angel Stadium in late August.
Rangers second basemen Rougned Odor started Friday’s blow-out win with a RBI single in the first inning. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy kept the rally alive in the first inning with a two-run double, his 14th, to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Outfielder Nomar Mazara started another rally in the second with a RBI single. Then, third basemen Adrian Beltre hit his sixth home run, a three-run shot, to make it 7-0. Odor capped-off the second inning rally with a solo home run, his 17th. Mazara finished the Rangers’ offensive output with a two-run home run, his 12th, in the sixth.
The Angels were held scoreless because of gem from Rangers starter Cole Hamels. Hamels gem consisted of 7 2/3 innings pitched, three hits, one walk and six strike outs. The bullpen went with the flow as it struck out three of the final four batters to give Hamels his fourth win and allow the Rangers to win 10-0.
Beltre became the 21st player in MLB history to pass 5,000 career total bases when he got two hits on Friday night.
The Rangers scored five runs on Saturday night with three extra-base hits. The first was a first inning, RBI double from Mazara, his 16th. The second was a two-run home run from Beltre, his seventh, in the third. The third was a two-run home run from rookie left fielder Drew Robinson, the second of his career, in the sixth.
Rangers starter Tyson Ross earned his second win with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Ross’ win also consisted of two walks and three strike outs. The bullpen pitched well, giving up one run and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings among Jeremy Jeffress, Matt Bush and Alex Claudio. Rangers won 5-2.
Beltre’s two-run home run in the third inning represented more than a go-ahead shot in Saturday’s game. It also served as Beltre’s 452nd home run of his career and tied Red Sox, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for 38th on the all-time home run list.
The Angels returned the favor from Friday night and shut out the Rangers on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers were held to two hits, a double from Mazara, his 17th, in the fourth and a single from center fielder Delino DeShields in the fifth.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish earned his eight loss, despite a quality start. Darvish’s gem consisted of 7 1/3 innings pitched of two-run ball with four walks and six strike outs. The bullpen kept the Rangers in the game with 1 2/3 innings of one-run ball. The Rangers missed out on the sweep with a 3-0 loss.
This series win against the Angels at Globe Life Park served as the Rangers first home series win since it took two of three from Seattle in June.
The Rangers will start its second half of the regular season against the Kansas City Royals (44-43) at Kauffman Stadium and these games can be heard during this weekend:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:45 CT
Saturday- Franchise 107.7 at 5:45 CT
Sunday- Franchise 107.7 at 12:45 CT