Saturday, August 16, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Angels 5, Rangers 4
By Randy Jennings
Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, but the result was a second straight 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night before 32,209 fans at Globe Life Park.
Texas (47-76) fell to 1-5 on the homestand with its fourth consecutive defeat. The Angels (72-49), who moved into a first-place tie with the Oakland Athletics in the AL West, increased their winning streak over the Rangers to nine.
The Rangers went down quietly in the final two innings. Huston Street pitched the ninth and recorded his ninth save since joining the Angels.
Some other observations:
Lewis fans 10: The Angels inflicted five runs of damage on Colby Lewis chiefly with two blasts and a bloop.
Albert Pujols lined his 23rd home run on an 0-2 pitch in the first inning for a 1-0 Angels lead. Howie Kendrick found the Angels' bullpen with a solo home run in the second.
The Angels increased their lead to 5-0 in the fourth on Kole Calhoun's two-out, two-run, broken-bat single.
Still, it was a much better outing for Lewis than his last run-in with the Angels on July 10, when Los Angeles roughed him up for 13 runs (11 earned) in 2⅓ innings.
The highlight of Lewis' night occurred in the third inning when he whistled called third strikes past Mike Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Lewis in a six-inning stint finished with 10 strikeouts, his 11th career double-digit strikeout game.
Pulling close: Alex Rios' two-out single with the bases loaded in the seventh pulled the Rangers to within a run at 5-4. It followed a two-out hit by Elvis Andrus, but with two on, the Rangers' chance to tie or take their first lead ended with Adrian Beltre's grounder to second.
Choo homers: Shin-Soo Choo found the Angels' bullpen with a 415-foot home run to lead off the Rangers' fourth to reduce the Los Angeles lead to 5-1. It was Choo's 12th home run of the season, 11 of which have come with the bases empty. Three of his home runs have come in the past 11 games.
Slump stopper: J.P. Arencibia broke an 0-for-18 streak and an 0-for-8 on the homestand by grounding an RBI single for the Rangers' second run in the fourth.
Take that: Robinson Chirinos had to duck quickly to get out of the way of a head-high pitch thrown by Mike Morin in the seventh. After a glare out to the mound, Chirinos responded with a double off the wall in left-center. That hit led to a pair of Rangers runs.
Defensive gems: Leonys Martin raced to the wall to haul in Calhoun's leadoff bid for extra bases.
Rios made a strong throw to easily nail Hamilton at the plate in the fifth. Hamilton was attempting to score from second on a single by Kendrick. Chirinos applied the tag to Hamilton, who didn’t bother to slide.
Left fielder Jim Adduci covered a lot of ground to chase down Brennan Boesch's line drive for the final out in the eighth.
Up next: The Rangers and Angels conclude the series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday with Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.29 ERA) facing Los Angeles left-hander Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.59) on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.