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Rangers Take Three of Four From Division-Rival Angels; Continue Road Trip In Oakland

Rangers Take Three of Four From Division-Rival Angels; Continue Road Trip In Oakland

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Texas Rangers (64-63) won three of four games against the Los Angeles Angels (65-63). The Rangers will next play the Angels on Sept. 1-3, when it returns home for a three-game homestand.

 

Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre started the four-game series with a RBI groundout in the first inning of game one. Two innings later, designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo knocked-in a run with his 12th double of the season. Following Choo’s double, Beltre hit a three-run home run, his 14th, to conclude a four-run third inning.

 

Beltre carried the Rangers’ offense on Monday night with four RBIs.

 

Rangers ace Cole Hamels limited the Halos to two earned runs on three hits and two walks across seven innings. Also, the lefty picked up three strikeouts during his gem. Then, reliever Jose Leclerc retired a pair of Angels in the eighth and closer Alex Claudio sealed the victory with a four-out save. Texas won 5-3.

 

The Rangers did not display the same offensive output on Tuesday. Texas only scored one run, which came from Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Although, the Rangers only scored once on Tuesday, it collected nine hits.

 

Texas’ pitching on Tuesday was not as crisp as it was on Monday. It started with Ranger starter Tyson Ross’ struggles, which included three earned runs on four walks and seven hits across 3 2/3 innings. Rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx followed suit as he allowed three earned runs to score across 2/3 innings. Then, reliever Tony Barnette allowed a run across 1 2/3 innings. Then, Texas’ defense allowed a couple of errors, which allowed rookie reliever Nick Gardenwine to allow three unearned runs during his Major League debut. Following Gardenwine’s unfortunate debut, Jhan Mariñz finished the game with a scoreless appearance across 1 1/3 innings. Texas lost 10-1.

 

Following his poor start, Ross was demoted to the bullpen and Nick Martinez was promoted to start in his rotation spot.

 

Game three started with three consecutive solo home run innings. First, Beltre hit a solo home run, his 15th, in the second inning. Second, catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run, also his 15th, in the third. Then, Beltre struck again with another solo home run, his 16th, in the fourth. Then, Choo drove-in a run with a RBI single in the fifth. Following four scoreless innings, second baseman Rougned Odor knocked-in Andrus with a sacrifice fly. Then, Chirinos and left fielder Drew Robinson finished the three-run 10th inning with a pair of one-run singles.

 

Ranger starter Andrew Cashner pitched six innings of four-run ball, while allowing seven hits and a walk. Then, rookie Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a scoreless seventh. Following Rodriguez’s scoreless appearance, closer Alex Claudio pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth. Then, Leclerc allowed a run without retiring an Angel before Barnette closed the game for his first save of the season. Texas won 7-5.

 

Along with their home runs, Beltre and Chirinos each collected three hits on Wednesday.

 

Robinson started the Rangers’ offense in the series finale with a two-run home run, his fourth, in the third inning. Then, first baseman Mike Napoli finished the series with a solo home run, his 27th, in the fourth inning.

 

Beltre finished the four-game series with three home runs.

 

Ranger lefty Martin Perez pitched seven scoreless innings with three strikeouts in the series finale. Following Perez’s gem, reliever Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless eighth, despite walking two batters. Then, Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first career save. Texas won 3-0.

 

The Rangers will continue its 10-game road trip with a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics (55-72). This three-game series can be heard on:

 

Friday- Franchise 107.7 at 8:30 CT

 

Saturday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 2:30 CT

 

Sunday- Franchise 107.7 at 2:30 CT

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