American League Game Summary - Texas at LA Angels of Anaheim
(Tuesday, August 6th)
Final Score: Texas 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 3
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - 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
Texas Rangers continue their recent success against the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim with 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, including
the first two in this three-game set.
"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
nine to pull within a game of the Oakland Athletics in the AL West race.
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.
Darvish escaped the seventh when he got Josh Hamilton to fly out with runners
on the corners, and the Angels' bullpen couldn't keep it a 3-3 game.
Andrus opened the eighth with a single off Kevin Jepsen (1-3), stole second
and advance to third on Ian Kinsler's groundout to short. Beltre followed with
a single through a drawn-in infield to break the tie, and the Rangers added
four insurance runs in the ninth -- all with two outs, three of them coming
off Ernesto Frieri.
Calhoun's error allowed Craig Gentry to score, Andrus tacked on another run
with a base hit, Beltre chipped in an RBI single and A.J. Pierzynski capped
the barrage by bringing in Kinsler with a line-drive single to right.
"Frieri's confidence is shaken right now. He's hitting a lot of bats. He'll
get it back," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The Rangers took advantage
of our pitchers in stealing bases. We just couldn't get the key hit. We're
sliding back to things we need to take care of."
Tanner Scheppers worked the eighth and ninth innings to close out the victory.
The Rangers scratched out two runs in the first inning, only to have the
Angels answer quickly in the bottom half. Kinsler put Texas on the board with
a sacrifice fly, and Andrus scored on a wild pitch later in the frame.
Darvish served up two long balls in his first five pitches, as Calhoun took a
2-1 fastball over the right-field wall and Trout took the next pitch into the
center-field bleachers. It was his third homer off Darvish.
It was the second time in Angels history the team led off a game with back-to-
back home runs, the other coming on May 21, 1996 when Rex Hudler and Don
Slaught pulled off the feat.
J.B. Shuck singled in Erick Aybar in the home fourth, and the Rangers evened
things in their next at-bat on Martin's run-scoring groundout.
The last time the Rangers won six straight against the Angels came during the
1987 season ... Darvish improved to 6-1 lifetime against the Angels ...
Richards gave up three runs on six hits over six innings ... Trout set a
record by an Angels outfielder by reaching base in 37 straight games ... Grant
Green was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, and the infielder went
2-for-4 in his first game with the Angels ... Before the game, the Rangers
announced pitcher Colby Lewis will have season-ending surgery on his right hip
in the near future ... Texas leads the season series, 9-2.
08/07 02:09:13 ET
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