Monday, April 18, 2011
Rangers chase Ervin Santana, lead 6-0
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers knocked out Angels starter Ervin Santana in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The big blow came from Adrian Beltre, who smashed a home run 412 feet to dead center to push the Rangers lead to 6-0. After that, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough and pulled Santana.
When his night was over, Santana had allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out three while throwing 90 pitches. Santana failed to get any outs in the fifth inning leaving way for Rich Thompson.
It started in the fourth when Mitch Moreland stroked a two-out two-run single to center. The previous hitter, Mike Napoli, earned a 10-pitch walk.
As C.J. Wilson was moving along as the Rangers starter in the middle innings, the Rangers hitters rolled past Santana to start the fifth.
Ian Kinsler tripled down the left-field line and later scored on a suicide squeeze by Elvis Andrus. Andrus moved to second when Santana overthrew first base and the ball sailed into right field.
Michael Young's single to left set up Beltre, who sent a pitch to the grass beyond the center-field wall for his fifth homer of the year.