The Rangers collected eight hits in the third inning, including Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer that capped the six-run rally to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Saturday night at Globe Life Park. Nomar Mazara was the only player in the lineup without a hit in the inning, although he started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left.
Pitching: Derek Holland held the Angels scoreless on four hits through six innings. Holland walked none and struck out one. He escaped jams with a runner at third base in the first, second and fifth innings. He retired seven in a row during one stretch and 15 of the last 18 batters he faced. Holland improved to 3-1 with the win. The Angels scored twice in the ninth against Phil Klein, including Albert Pujols solo homer.
Hitting: The Rangers batted around and scored six runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead. Eight of the nine Rangers in the starting lineup hit safely in the inning against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. The only batter who didn’t have a hit in the third was Nomar Mazara, who drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left. The big blow came on Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer to right, which made it 7-0.
Notable: Moreland’s third homer of the season tied him for the team lead with Beltre, Odor, and Ian Desmond ... Rougned Odor’s three doubles tied him for the most in a game by a Rangers player. The last to do it was Elvis Andrus Sept. 12, 2015 ... Mazara robbed C.J. Cron of a homer in the third inning. He caught the ball over the wall in right field but the force of his collision with the wall forced the ball out of his glove. Cron settled for a triple.