The Texas Rangers (73-76) lost a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels (76-73) to start its nine-game road trip.
Ranger catcher Brett Nicholas started the Rangers’ offense in the series opener with a two-run single in fifth inning. Ranger right fielder Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run home run, his 19th, in the next inning. Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre each used a sacrifice fly in the eighth to knock-in a run.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez battled Los Angeles for 5 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits. Lefty Yohander Mendez allowed a run and did not retire an Angel during his appearance in the sixth. Rookie Ricardo Rodriguez followed Mendez’s appearance with a two-run, two-out appearance. Reliever Jose Leclerc and closer Alex Claudio each pitched a scoreless inning after Rodriguez earned his second blown save. Texas lost 7-6.
Ranger center fielder Delino DeShields, first baseman Joey Gallo and Andrus each got a base hit in game two. Those three hits represented the Rangers’ offense as it was shut out. Gallo’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Rangers.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts, despite walking four Angels. Reliever Tony Barnette retired two Angels to finish the eighth inning. Texas lost 2-0.
Beltre started the series finale with a two-run double, his 21st, in the first. Gallo hit a solo home run, his 38th, to give the Rangers a three-run lead in the next inning. Andrus drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Ranger starter Miguel González limited the Angels to one-run over five innings. Mendez pitched a scoreless inning, following González’s start. Reliever Keone Kela pitched a scoreless seventh before reliever Matt Bush retired an Angel and allowed a run. Lefty Jake Diekman salvaged a win for the Rangers with a five-out save to close out the series. Texas won 4-2.
The Rangers will continue its road trip at Safeco Field for a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners (74-76). The second leg of this nine-game road trip and can be heard on:
Tuesday- Franchise 107.7 at 9:00 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 8:30 CT
Thursday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 8:30 CT