Martin Perez pitched his best game of the season and Nomar Mazara hit his first homer at Globe Life Park as the Texas Rangers evened their series with the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Tuesday night.
Pitching: Perez held the Angels scoreless on three hits through five innings but had trouble in the sixth after Shane Robinson and Yunel Escobar started the inning with singles. He got the first out when Mitch Morealand threw home to get Robinson trying to score on Kole Calhoun’s fielder’s choice. Perez caught Mike Trout looking for the second out. After pitching around Albert Pujols (a four-pitch walk), Perez struck out Johnny Giavotella to end the inning. Perez left after the inning, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out six. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless seventh. The Angels scored a run against Matt Bush, who pitched the eighth. A single by Calhoun and double by Trout put the Angels on the board before he retired Pujols and Giavotella. Sam Dyson struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his fifth save.
Hitting: Elvis Andrus scored Nomar Mazara with a double to the corner in left-field corner to give Texas a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Mazara had singled to center with one out. Mazara’s two-run homer in the sixth gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead. In the eighth, Desmond and Mazara collected their third hits of the game. With two outs and Desmond at third and Mazara at first, Mazara took off for second to draw a throw to second while Desmond ran home to score without a throw. Mazara was tagged out but Desmond had already scored to make it 4-1.
Notable: Mazara hit his seventh homer (422 feet to right field) and first at Globe Life Park ... 26,125 was Tuesday’s paid attendance ... Andrus extended his hit streak to 10 games, the longest of the season for the Rangers ... Bush pitched in consecutive nights for the first time in the big leagues.