American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 7th
(All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (64-50) at LA Angels of Anaheim (51-61), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Alexi Ogando (4-3, 3.26)
LA Angels - Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.29)
(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers go after a fourth straight win and try to
move even closer in the American League West standings when they attempt to
finish off a three-game sweep of the woeful Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at
Texas closed to within a game of first-place Oakland on Tuesday, as Elvis
Andrus went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI and played a role in a
late offensive surge that helped the Rangers to an 8-3 victory.
Adrian Beltre's go-ahead single in the eighth inning coupled with a four-run
ninth made a winner of Yu Darvish (11-5), who lasted seven frames after giving
up home runs to the first two batters he faced.
Darvish only allowed six more hits and one more run the rest of his outing as
Texas pulled out a sixth consecutive win against its AL West rival.
"He didn't have his best stuff, but he found a way to make pitches when he had
to," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We got base hits at the right time.
Tonight we came together."
Beltre finished with two RBI, while Leonys Martin added two hits, scored twice
and knocked in another run for the Rangers, who have won eight of their last
The Rangers stole six bases, three of them coming from Martin.
"We took advantage of their pitchers," Andrus said. "They were slow and we
stole bases. We didn't need a home run to score runs. We took advantage today
and it was fun."
Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for
the Angels, whose starter, Garrett Richards, recorded a quality start but did
not factor in the decision.
Hoping to keep the Rangers in the win column on Wednesday will be righty Alexi
Ogando, who is 4-3 with a 3.26 ERA. Ogando did not get a decision on Friday in
Oakland, as he allowed three runs and four hits with five walks in four
innings of his team's 8-3 win.
"I just need to keep working hard and get my rhythm going," Ogando said.
"That's what I focused on in my bullpen, and I think I've improved. But it's
not something you can correct in one bullpen session. I've got to keep working
so I can throw all of my pitches for strikes."
Ogando is a perfect 3-0 lifetime versus the Halos with a 1.85 ERA in 21 games
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with righty Tommy Hanson, who has been
banged around his last few starts. Hanson did not get a decision on Friday
against Toronto, but was not impressive, as he allowed five runs (4 earned)
and seven hits with three walks in 5 1/3 frames of a 7-5 win.
Hanson, who beat the Rangers in his only other start against them earlier in
the season, had surrendered five runs and allowed five walks in 4 2/3 innings
in his previous start.
Texas has won nine of 11 meetings with Anaheim this season.
08/07 10:39:32 ET