Texas 8, An­gels 2

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Mike DiGio­vanna


The An­gels threat­ened in the first two innings, but Rangers starter Nick Martinez got Matt Joyce to line out to short­stop and David Freese to ground out to first with two on to end the first, and Erick Ay­bar to ground into an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play with the bases loaded to end the sec­ond. Texas catcher Robin­son Chiri­nos had a ca­reer-high five runs bat­ted in, high­light­ing a three-run sec­ond with a two-run dou­ble and a four-run sixth with a three-run homer. Elvis An­drus had gone 481 at-bats with­out a homer be­fore his solo shot to left in the sixth, the long­est ac­tive streak in the ma­jor leagues.


An­gels left-han­der Jose Al­varez re­placed strug­gling starter Drew Rucinski with two outs in the third and re­tired seven straight bat­ters, three by strike­out, but he was rocked for four runs and three hits in the sixth. Martinez (2-0) al­lowed no earned runs and five hits in seven innings. Re­liev­ers Mike Morin, Fer­nando Salas and Vin­nie Pes­tano threw score­less innings for the An­gels.


Gar­rett Richards, in the fi­nal stage of his re­cov­ery from left knee surgery, al­lowed four earned runs and seven hits, in­clud­ing a homer, in five innings Tues­day night, strik­ing out five and walk­ing four for triple-A Salt Lake at Fresno. The right-han­der threw 91 pitches, 57 for strikes, and his fast­ball was clocked at 93 to 94 mph. Richards, who hasn’t pitched since last Au­gust, is ex­pected to start for the An­gels on Sun­day in Hous­ton.


Kole Cal­houn (right calf tight­ness) did not start for the third straight game, and the right fielder won’t start again un­til Fri­day or Satur­day at the ear­li­est. “It’s mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” Manager Mike Scios­cia said, “but we don’t want to take a chance of set­ting him back a few weeks when it could be just a cou­ple of days here.”


Left-han­der Hec­tor San­ti­ago (0-1, 5.06 earned-run av­er­age) will op­pose Rangers right-han­der An­thony Ranaudo (mak­ing his sea­son de­but) at Globe Life Park on Wed­nes­day at 11 a.m. PDT. On the air: TV: FS West. Ra­dio: 830.

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