Friday, April 5, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Angels 2
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ian Kinsler had a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth, scoring speedy Craig Gentry as the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the rival Los Angeles Angels in their home opener Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Strong start for Holland: Derek Holland didn't figure in the decision, but he was sharp in his first start. He allowed only two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five. Holland threw 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Running game: Gentry stole second with one out in the bottom of the eighth, getting into scoring position as the potential go-ahead run. He used his speed on a soft single by Kinsler to right field to score ahead of Josh Hamilton's one-hop throw to the plate.
Beltre comes through: Adrian Beltre hit his first homer of the season and the Rangers' second of the year. It came with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score at 2.
Cruz starts hot again: Nelson Cruz had three more hits Friday, giving him nine hits in his first 16 at-bats. Cruz has a reputation for starting fast.
Flawless D: The Rangers extended their streak without an error to 30 innings. Cruz made the Rangers' only error of the season in Sunday's opener in Houston.
Small ball: The Rangers tried to play small ball in the sixth inning trailing 2-1 and it didn't work. A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single. After a hit-and-run attempt failed, Gentry bunted on a 1-1 count, moving Pierzynski to second. Mitch Moreland, off to an 0-for-12 start, rolled over a ground ball to first, and Kinsler flied out to center field to end the inning.
Josh hears it: The crowd was on cue with its booing of new villain Hamilton, getting him in pregame introductions and again each time he came to the plate. Rangers fans even booed Hamilton when he raced into shallow right-center field to catch fly ball in the fourth inning.
Bullpen shuts door: Tanner Scheppers pitched a perfect eighth inning and Joe Nathan worked around a walk in the ninth to pick up his first save. Scheppers was credited with the win.
Pierzynski sizzles: Pierzynski had a good day in front of his new home fans, going 3-for-4 with three singles. He drove in the Rangers' first run for a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Up next: The Rangers have another day game, this one a 3:05 start Saturday against the Angels on Ch. 4 and ESPN 103.3-FM. Left-hander Matt Harrison will try to bounce back after he allowed five earned runs in the season opener at Houston. Right-hander Tommy Hanson will start for the Angels.