Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Angels 2
|Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss Nelson Cruz accepting his 50-game suspension for using PEDs.
Perez mows them down: The left-hander improved his record to 4-3 by allowing two runs and four hits through 6 1/3 innings, while striking out those seven batters. His previous high was five strikeouts, which he has accomplished three times. Perez also set a career high with 111 pitches thrown.
Fortunate sequence: The Rangers tied the game in the fifth inning when Murphy scored on a wild pitch by Jerome Williams, then took the lead on a mishap by the Angels' defense in short right field. Howie Kendrick gloved Elvis Andrus' blooper but lost possession of the ball when right fielder Collin Cowgill slid into him. Kendrick left the game with a hyperextended left knee, and Andrus was credited with a triple and two RBIs. The Rangers added two more in the sixth.
The adventure begins: Washington said he planned to use a platoon of outfielders over the next 50 games while Cruz sits out, but Murphy might need more work in right. Starting there for the first time this year, Murphy overran Mark Trumbo's lazy fly ball near the foul pole, allowing Mike Trout to score the game's first run. Murphy, who played right field in 17 games last year, also whiffed on a sliding attempt in the eighth. He was pulled for a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.
Up next: Texas goes for the series win in the second of three games in Anaheim on Tuesday, when Yu Darvish (10-5, 2.66 ERA) takes the mound looking to continue his dominance against the Halos. The Rangers are scheduled to face right-hander Garrett Richards (3-4, 4.18 ERA), who will be making only his third start since filling Joe Blanton's spot in the rotation. First pitch is 9:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540 AM.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.