Martin Perez impresses vs. Angels, again
Martin Perez is the first Texas pitcher to throw at least 6 1/3 innings and give up fewer than five hits in back-to-back starts against the Angels since Kenny Rogers did it in 1993-94.
"It happens sometimes and you definitely feel it, but all you want to do is put up zeroes," Perez said. "The adrenaline won't let you think about the pain."
Perez excelled in his second straight outing against the Angels, setting career highs in strikeouts (seven) and pitches thrown (111) to earn his first win since July 9. He has allowed only three runs and eight hits in 13 2/3 innings since a disappointing start in Cleveland on July 26, when he was tagged for seven runs.
"He's certainly been under more control and hasn't let the game get too quick on him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's been executing his pitches and getting ahead of hitters early in the game. He's been able to throw that changeup for strikes."
Five of the last six outs Martin recorded were by way of strikeout -- all swinging. He became the first Rangers pitcher to throw at least 6 1/3 innings and surrender no more than four hits in back-to-back starts against the Angels since Kenny Rogers did it in 1993-94.
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Perez struck out Mike Trout to end the fifth inning, Josh Hamilton to end the six and got an important punch-out of Chris Iannetta before loading the bases with a walk to J.B. Shuck. He was pulled for Jason Frasor, who got Collin Cowgill to ground into a forceout before intentionally walking Trout and getting Kole Calhoun to fly out to right.
"A little emotion," Perez said of his seventh-inning exit. "I wanted to make it my zero, but I couldn't and I had guys behind me supporting me. The most important thing is that we won.
“I have to slow down in that situation. I'm still learning. I'll do better next time."
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