It wasn’t the prettiest of games if you are a fan of pitching but beautiful nonetheless for Rangers fans. Texas outslugged the Los Angeles Angels 15-9 Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park to take two of three in the series. The Rangers have an off day Thursday before hosting a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates beginning Friday night.
Pitching: Colby Lewis allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings. It’s the first time Lewis has gone less than six innings in 10 starts this season. It’s also the most runs he’s allowed in a start. He has gone at least seven innings in his previous five starts. He left leading 7-5 after two singles to start the sixth. Alex Claudio took over and allowed a single to the one batter he faced before Tony Barnette took over. Barnette retired the side although a run scored on a sacrifice fly to pull the Angels to within 7-6. Barnette held the Angels scoreless in two innings of relief. Shawn Tolleson started the eighth and did not retire a batter. Two Angels reached on singles before Rafael Ortega homered to cut the deficit to 13-9. Matt Bush replaced Tolleson and allowed two singles but retired the side to hold the four-run lead.
Hitting: The Rangers scored seven runs in the first three innings to chase Angels’ starter Hector Santiago after a 2 1/3 innings. Nomar Mazara had three RBI, including a solo homer in the second and a two-run single to cap a four-run sixth inning that gave Texas an 11-6 lead. Adrian Beltre singled in two runs to push the lead to 13-6 in the seventh. Six of the nine Rangers in the starting lineup had multi-hit games. The Rangers collected a season-high 18 hits and scored a season-high 15 runs. Ian Desmond, Ryan Rua and Bobby Wilson combined to go 10 for 14.
Notable: Mazara’s homer in the second was listed at 491 feet according to StatCast, but the Rangers were unable to verify that distance. Their in-house system measured it at 442 feet ... Moreland snapped an 0 for 18 slump with a third-inning single ... Desmond’s 10 putouts in center field are the most ever by a Rangers’ outfielder in a nine-inning game ... Wilson’s four hits are a career-high and the most by a Rangers player in 2016 ... 32,480 was the announced attendance ... Prince Fielder is the only Rangers player without a hit. He was 0 for 4 with two walks and three strikeouts.