A first inning run, solo home run in the fourth and two-run effort in the seventh gave the Rangers enough to collect the victory. The two runs in the seventh were helped by a pair of errors and double from Bryan Holaday.
The Angels collected their first run scored in the opening frame this season, when Albert Pujols grounded into a 6-5 fielder's choice. The RBI was the 1,700th in Pujols' career, making him the 24th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the mark.
The second pitch of the fourth inning was one Angels' starter, Garrett Richards would like to have back. A chest-high 95 MPH fastball was drilled to center field, just beyond the outstretched glove of Mike Trout, and landed in the plants beyond the wall for a solo home run.
"I mean, he's a great hitter," said Richards. "We've had some battles over the years. He's seen me a lot. I made some mistakes tonight that he capitalized on, but he's a good hitter, so what are you going to do?"
Two errors in seventh inning lead to two runs
The Angels were torched by mistakes in the seventh inning, which led to two runs coming across the plate and being the defining mark of the affair. The leadoff man, Elvis Andrus, squibbed a small roller to the left side of the diamond, and third baseman, Yunel Escobar, lobbed the ball over the head of the first baseman.
Two batters later, a pickoff move went straight through the glove of second baseman, Johnny Giavotella, moving Andrus to third. He later scored on a double from Bryan Holaday, who collected his first hit of the season.
"They're two pretty routine plays," said Angels' manager, Mike Scioscia. "We had just a little ground ball thrown away and an easy pitch and catch at second that wasn't handled. Those two things sting."
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Albert Pujols collected his 1,700th career RBI, making him the 24th to do so in MLB history. He is also the 11th player in MLB history to compile 1,700 RBI and 550 or more home runs.
- Angels scored in the first inning for the first time during the 2016 campaign
- Angels' 441 wins all-time vs. Texas are most against any club in Halos franchise history
- Rangers starting pitchers have gone five innings, allowing three or less runs in all six games of the 2016 season
- Delino DeShields has reached base safely in all five contests he's appeared in this season
- Cole Hamels has gone 12 starts without a loss and is 9-0 over the span
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Adrian Beltre, 3-4, 2 2B, HR
Beltre continued his success against the Angels, collecting a pair of doubles and a solo home run to Saturday night's affair. The trio of hits came after he grounded into a double play in the first inning.
"He's a true professional - obviously one of the best in the game at third base," said Trout. "He's closing in on close to 3,000 so that's pretty impressive in stats, and fun to watch. Hopefully it's just not against us."
Beltre now sits sixth all-time in home runs against the Angels with 36, tying him with Jose Canseco, Juan Gonzalez, Willie Horton and Cal Yastrzemski. Beltre also collected hia 562nd career RBI, putting him in sole possession of 25th all-time, passing Jeff Kent and Eddie Murray.
QUICK BOX SCORE:
Rangers, 4 (3-3); Angels, 1 (1-4)
W - Cole Hamels (2-0, 2.08)
L - Garrett Richards (0-2, 3.86)
S - Shawn Tolleson (2, 22.50)
Time of Game : 2:53
First Pitch/Temp : 6:07pm PST / 63 degrees
Attendance : 38,106
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