The Rangers received Colby Lewis’ best of the season and put together a two-out rally in the sixth to take opener against the Los Angeles Angeles 4-2 Friday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won three in a row.
Pitching: Lewis had his longest outing of the season, going seven innings and turning in his fourth quality start of the season. He held the Angels to two runs on nine hits and a hit batter. He walked none and struck out none. The Angels scored runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead. Geovany Soto homered in the third and hit the third of three consecutive two-out singles in the fourth to drive in the second run.
Sam Dyson worked out of a jam in the eighth after Mike Trout doubled to the right-field corner and moved to third on Albert Pujols’groundout. Dyson struck out Kole Calhoun to end the inning and strand Trout at third. Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save.
Hitting: The Rangers got on the board with Ryan Rua’s solo homer to left in the fifth and then knocked starter Hector Santiago from the game in the sixth. Rougned Odor led off with a walk and Nomar Mazara followed with a single before Adrian Beltre hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Prince Fielder’s two-out single up the middle scored Odor to it at 2-2. Fielder scored from first base on Ian Desmond’s double to the left-field corner. Desmond moved to third on the throw home, which was off line, allowing Fielder to slide in safely for the 3-2 lead. Desmond scored to make 4-2 on Mitch Moreland’s second hit of the night.
Notable: Fielder’s two-out run-scoring single in the sixth was his 1,000 career RBI. He and his father Cecil Fielder join Bobby and Barry Bonds as the only father-son duos to each collect at least a 1,000 RBI ... Lewis became the third Rangers pitcher to go at least seven innings this season, joining Cole Hamels on Opening Day and A.J. Griffin on Tuesday against the Yankees ... It’s Lewis first win against the Angels in Arlington since 2003 ... 29,589 was the paid attendance.