Shin-Soo Choo, Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields drove in runs a three-run eighth inning as the Texas Rangers overcome a sluggish start by Yovani Gallardo to rally to a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers have won the first two games of an important three-game series against one of the two teams ahead of them in the American League West, and have one four straight overall.
Pitching: Gallardo threw 24 pitches in the first, and 14 of them were balls as the Angels tied the game at 1-1. Angels got two more in the second on a two-out single by Kole Calhoun, who was thrown out at home by Rougned Odor from shallow right field on a Mike Trout double. A strikeout that would have ended the third instead turning into a wild pitch that extended the inning, and C.J. Cron scored as Conor Gillaspie followed with a double for a 4-1 lead. … The Angels opened the fifth with a Calhoun single and an Albert Pujols double to break a 4-4 tie, and Calhoun delivered again in the sixth with another two-out single that scored Johnny Giavotella. … That was the only run allowed in two innings by long man Anthony Bass. … Tanner Scheppers recovered from three straight iffy outings to work a scoreless eighth, striking out Giavotella to leave a runner at second. … Shawn Tolleson allowed a two-out broken-bat single to Pujols but got Erick Aybar to end it.
Hitting: Rougned Odor continued his hot hitting, beginning with a homer in the first inning. The shot was only the third allowed to a left-handed hitter since 2014 by Angels All-Star lefty Hector Santiago. … Odor added a double in the third and was hit by a Santiago pitch and scored in the fifth on a throwing error by Pujols. … The Rangers scored twice in the fourth with two outs, a rally that started with a walk to Shin-Soo Choo. He scored as Ryan Rua followed with a double, and Robinson Chirinos plated Rua with another double. … The Rangers scored three in the seventh without an extra-base hit. Elvis Andrus opened the inning with the first of two infield hits in the rally, and Mitch Moreland followed with pinch single that sent Andrus to third. … Andrus scored on an unusual play in which Pujols fielded a Choo grounder, stepped on first for the out and threw to second. But Aybar, the shortstop, never tagged Moreland before throwing home to try to get Andrus. … Josh Hamilton followed with a walk, and Chirinos singled home Moreland to tie the game as Hamilton went to third. He scored as the go-ahead run as the next batter, Delino DeShields, chopped one high off the plate and was safe at first.
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