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Rapid Reaction: Angels 7, Rangers 3

9/12/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 7-3 victory on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers, who are inching closer to 100 losses, have 92 with 16 games left in the 2014 season.

On the season, the Rangers have been swept 10 times, including twice by the Angels, who have a 13-3 mark against them. The teams play three more times before the season concludes.

In this three-game series, the Angels outscored the Rangers 24-7. L.A. leads the majors with 729 runs.

The Angels (91-55) have won a season-high eight consecutive games and 14 of their past 16.

How it happened: Leonys Martin is making a case to become the full-time leadoff hitter in 2015.

He started the game with a home run, his first in the leadoff spot in his career and fourth by the Rangers this season. It was the first time in the three-game series the Rangers held a lead.

The lead was gone pretty quickly in the second inning.

Rangers starter Nick Martinez got a fastball up to Erick Aybar, who hit a two-run shot to right field that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead.

Martinez worked out of jams in his six innings of work and had the game get away from him in the third. Martin dropped a fly ball as he was attempting to make a sliding catch on a Kole Calhoun fly ball to start the third. Mike Trout was hit by a pitch, and after Martinez retired the next two hitters, it seemed he would get out of it.

David Freese, the Rangers' World Series nemesis, drove in two runs with a single to center for a 4-1 lead.

That was pretty much it for the Rangers, whose bats just can't keep pace with one of the better-hitting teams in the big leagues.

Hitting Trout: In the three-game series, Trout was hit three times, twice on Thursday. He was hit by a pitch in the third and in the fifth by Martinez, who came in with only one hit batsman all season.

After Trout was hit by a pitch in the fifth, he flipped his bat and Angels manager Mike Scioscia glared out onto the field.

Trout appeared to make a questionable slide into second to send a message when Howie Kendrick hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Trout's slide, while hard and legal, forced Rougned Odor to jump high out of the way as he turned the double play.

Andrus fails in the clutch: The Rangers had their biggest chance to get back into this game in the fifth. Down 4-1, the Rangers loaded the bases with two outs for Elvis Andrus. Scioscia made a pitching change, sending in Mike Morin to face Andrus.

On the first pitch, Andrus hit a bouncer to Morin to end the threat.

Andrus did get an eighth-inning double, his 32nd of the season, setting a career high.

What's next?: A three-game interleague series with the Atlanta Braves starts Friday night at The Globe. LHP Derek Holland (1-0, 0.64) faces LHP Alex Wood (10-10, 2.90). This is the Rangers' last interleague series of the season.