ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers moved into a tie for first place in the American League West standings on Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 10-3 victory at Angel Stadium.
The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games to pull even with the Oakland Athletics, who lost 6-5 in Cincinnati. Texas has beaten the Angels in seven straight games and 10 of 12 overall this season.
Runnin' Rangers: A night after stealing six bags, Texas was back wreaking havoc on the basepaths. Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus each stole second and third in the first inning, and Martin later added another to raise his total to six in the three-game series, becoming the first player with at least three stolen bases in consecutive games since Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury did it in 2008, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Andrus also had three stolen bases on Wednesday, while Texas stole seven as a team to tie a club record.
Some power, too: The Rangers didn't just steal bases and go from first to third on base hits. Adrian Beltre provided a glimmer of power by smacking his 25th home run. Texas cranked 16 hits as a team, with only four going for extra bases. But Beltre shouldered the load here this week. The Rangers apparently haven't been fazed by the loss of Nelson Cruz.
Good enough: Right-hander Alexi Ogando won his first game since May 15, going the required five innings and allowing just two runs and four hits, while striking out four. Aside from opportunistic baserunning, the Rangers received good pitching throughout the series to outscore the Angels 23-8 in the three games.
Martin's web gem: Prior to the game, Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated that Leonys Martin will likely be the primary center fielder moving forward, but Martin looked comfortable in right, as well. He threw out the speedy Erick Aybar at third in the first inning, firing a perfect throw to Beltre that ended a potential rally.
Birthday boy brings boom: Perhaps the only positive for the Angels was the show their golden boy put on for the small crowd. Mike Trout homered in his first at-bat for the second consecutive night, becoming the only player in major-league history to homer on his 21st and 22nd birthdays. The two-run shot was his 20th of the season. Trout later robbed Craig Gentry of extra bases on a deep fly ball to left-center field, snagging the ball a foot in front of the wall. There wasn't much else the reeling Angels could smile about.
Up next: The Rangers have a day off before they start a four-game set against in-state rival Astros in Houston on Friday. Right-hander Matt Garza (7-2, 3.09 ERA) and left-hander Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.29 ERA) are scheduled to face off in the opener, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. CT on TXA 21, ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540 AM.