Angels starter Nick Tropeano held the Rangers to four hits over six-plus innings and reliever Fernando Salas escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to beat the Rangers 2-0 Monday night at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Derek Holland held the Angels to two runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings and left the game in the seventh trailing 2-0. Holland struck out four. His one mistake was a two-run homer to Albert Pujols in the third inning. Shawn Tolleson pitched for the first time since being pulled from the closer role and held Los Angeles scoreless in 1 1/3 innings. Catcher Bobby Wilson threw out runners attempting to steal second to end both innings with Tolleson on the mound.
Hitting: Tropeano kept the Rangers quiet for 6 2/3 scoreless innings. In the first, Ian Desmond doubled with one out and Adrian Beltre walked with two outs Tropeano got Mitch Moreland looking to end the threat. Prince Fielder and Beltre started the fourth with singles but a Moreland strikeout and 6-4-3 double play by Elvis Andrus ended the inning. In the seventh, the Rangers threatened again with two outs after singles by Andrus and Nomar Mazara but pinch-hitter Ryan Rua flew out to right. Andrus walked to start the ninth but Joe Smith got Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo to fly out and struck out Wilson to end the game.
Notable: Texas was shut out for the third time in 2016 ... Jared Hoying reached base on a throwing error by Tropeano in his first major league at-bat but was picked off at first for the final out of the second inning ... Andrus extended his hit streak to nine games with a seventh-inning single ... 25,298 was the paid attendance ... Joey Gallo pinch-hit in the 9th and lined out on the first pitch in his first major league at-bat in 2016 ... Fielder extended his hit streak to six games and has eight walks in his past 12 games. Pujols moved into a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for 12th place all-time with his 569th homer.