The Texas Rangers (68-68) won two of three against the Los Angeles Angels (70-67) in a three-game homestand at Globe Life Park. Texas will next play the Angels at Angels Stadium for a three-game series, Sept. 15-17.
Ranger shortstop Elvis Andrus cut the Angels’ game-one lead in half with a RBI groundout in the first inning. Then, right fielder Nomar Mazara tied the game with a one-run double, his 27th, to finish a two-run first inning. Then, Angel left fielder Justin Upton’s fielding error allowed Ranger first baseman Mike Napoli to score in the second inning. Andrus hit a two-run single to give the Rangers a three-run lead and finish a three-run second. Third baseman Joey Gallo hit a solo home run, his 37th, in the third. Three innings later, designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run home run, his 18th, and center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a solo home run, his 16th. Then, Angel reliever Cam Bedrosian’s wild pitch allowed Gomez to score in the eighth.
Ranger ace Cole Hamels pitched five innings of four-run ball on five hits and three walks. Hamels also struck out five Angels on Friday. Then, reliever Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless sixth. Then, lefty Jake Diekman got three outs in the seventh in his season debut, following rookie Ricardo Rodriguez’s three-run, zero-out appearance. Then, reliever Jason Grilli allowed two runs in a one-out appearance before closer Alex Claudio finished the game with a five-out appearance. Texas won 10-9.
The Rangers’ offense in game two started Ranger left fielder Delino DeShields scoring on an Angel shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ fielder’s choice in the first inning. In the next inning, Gomez hit a solo home run, his 17th. Two innings later, Gallo hit a RBI single to give the Rangers a two-run lead. Then, catcher Robinson Chirinos scored as Mazara grounded into a force out, in the seventh.
Ranger starter A.J. Griffin handled the Angels well for 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball. During his start, Griffin struck out six and walked two. Then, rookie Paolo Espino retired an out in his Ranger debut before Diekman and Barnette each pitched a scoreless inning. Then, Rodriguez earned his first-career blown save as he allowed two runs in the ninth. Then, reliever Jose Leclerc allowed three runs, without earning an out, to allow the Angels to earn its first lead of game two. Then, 32-year-old rookie Austin Bibens-Dirkx got three outs in the tenth to finish game two for the Rangers’ pitching staff. Texas lost 7-4.
Ranger first baseman Will Middlebrooks hit a RBI single in his first Ranger plate appearance in the second inning to cut the Angels’ lead in half. Then, Andrus hit a solo home run, his 17th, to tie the series finale, 2-2. Then, Chirinos hit a two-run home run, his 16th, and DeShields hit a solo home run, his fourth, as they went back-to-back in the fourth. Two innings later, Andrus hit his second solo home run of the game, his 18th, to finish the Rangers’ offense for the three-game series.
Ranger lefty Martin Perez gave the Rangers a quality start in the series finale. Perez’s quality start consisted of six innings, three runs and four strikeouts. Then, rookie Nick Gardewine pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his second-career appearance. Then, veteran Jason Grilli allowed two runs in a one-inning appearance before Barnette earned his second save with a one-run, three-strikeout ninth inning. Texas won 7-6.
Texas will start a three-game road trip against the Atlanta Braves (60-75) at SunTrust Park. This road series can be heard on:
Monday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6 CT
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6 CT