Colby Lewis allowed seven runs in five innings Sunday afternoon, and a wildly effective Hector Santiago allowed only one hit in six innings as the Texas Rangers dropped the finale of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels x-x.
The loss dropped the Rangers, who had only two hits, three games behind Houston in the American League West, but they maintained their 1 ½-game lead over the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card.
The Angels are 2 ½ games behind the Rangers.
Pitching: Lewis was down 4-0 after two innings. Mike Trout got him for a solo homer in the first, and the first five Angels reached in the second. Lewis had two walks in the inning, and both ended up scoring. … The Angels’ run in the fourth was unearned thanks to an errant pickoff throw by Lewis to first that moved slow-footed catcher Carlos Perez to second. … Lewis surrendered three hits and a run to start the sixth and was done. … The bottom three hitters in the Angels’ lineup were 7 for 8 with four runs, two RBIs and a walk against Lewis. … Ross Ohlendorf entered and allowed only one inherited runner to score. … Andrew Faulkner worked a perfect seventh inning, and fellow rookie Luke Jackson
Hitting: The Rangers’ fortunes took a turn in when they failed to score in the second inning. Mike Napoli walked to start the inning and hesitated at second base as he waited for Rougned Odor’s double to drop. It looked all along that the ball would fall in right-center field. The next batter, Chris Gimenez, hit a liner back to the mound that Santiago snared and then threw to second to catch Odor for the inning-ending double play. … The Odor double was the Rangers’ only hit against Santiago, but they drew six walks and hit several balls hard that were caught. … Shin-Soo Choo had a two-out infield single in the eighth.
Notable: The Rangers were to travel to Seattle after the game to begin a four-game series at Safeco Field. The Rangers are 21-31 this season against division opponents and 2-4 at Seattle. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to start the opener Monday, a 5:40 p.m. start.