Rangers push past Angels with three-run sixth

Rangers push past Angels with three-run sixth

ARLINGTON -- Trailing by a run in Friday's sixth inning, the Rangers strung together three two-out runs against Angels starter Hector Santiago, getting key hits by Prince Fielder, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland to capture a 4-2 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who entered with a 9.06 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Angels, gave up a Geovany Soto solo homer, an RBI single to Soto and nothing else through seven innings, improving to 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA.

"I just went out there and tried to do what I've always done, get us deep in the game, keep it close and give us a chance to win," Lewis said.

Lewis holds Angels to two runs

Santiago put the Rangers on the board by giving up a long solo homer to Ryan Rua in the fifth and couldn't escape the sixth, allowing three two-out baserunners before exiting. Sam Dyson and Shawn Tolleson then recorded the final six outs, giving the Rangers a three-game winning streak and snapping the Angels' three-game winning streak.

"For the most part, I made my pitches," Santiago said. "I fell behind there, late in the game, but made some good pitches and they found a hole. Overall, I felt good about the outing. One walk -- and it wound up being in the last inning, which kind of hurt."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Fielder keys two-out rally: The Rangers trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the sixth when Rougned Odor led off with a walk and Nomar Mazara singled to right against Santiago. Adrian Beltre grounded out to shortstop, moving Odor to third. Then Fielder smacked a single up the middle, bringing home Odor for his 1,000th career RBI. Fielder then scored from first on a double by Desmond. Moreland's single made it 4-2. More >

"It's nice [the 1,000th RBI] came in a situation like that," Fielder said.

Off-line: Andrelton Simmons has established himself as one of the best relay guys in the game, but the Angels' shortstop made a rare off-line throw at a critical juncture in the bottom of the sixth, with Fielder looking to score from first on Desmond's double down the left-field line. Simmons received Rafael Ortega's throw in plenty of time to get Fielder, but threw wide to Soto, allowing Texas to score the eventual winning run.

"I just have to make a better throw," Simmons said. "I just have to make a better throw right there, and we'd get out of that inning a lot better." More >

Desmond's go-ahead double

Lewis goes without whiff: Lewis pitched seven innings and did not strike out a batter. It is the second time in his career he went at least seven innings without a strikeout. The other was May 10, 2011, in a 7-2 victory over the Athletics.

"It was a weird situation," Lewis said. "I tried to work quickly and threw some good pitches ahead in the count. They were able to put the ball in play on the usual pitches I get swings and misses on."

Not much doing: The Angels had nine hits in seven innings against Lewis, but were only able to come up with a couple of runs. In the eighth, they got a one-out double by Mike Trout, but Dyson got Pujols to ground out and then struck out Kole Calhoun. The Angels' offense entered the week with the second-lowest OPS in the Majors, then seemed to turn a corner while scoring a combined 19 runs in a three-game sweep of the Royals. But they got only three hits in the last five innings.

"I thought we had a much better offensive performance than just two runs is going to indicate," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I thought we hit the ball hard all night. Those guys made some nice plays. Lewis just moved the ball around and got it done. We had some hits, had some opportunities, and he made some pitches to get out of some jams."

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Tolleson has converted seven straight save opportunities and opponents are 3-for-21 in his last six games. He is 6-for-6 in his career against the Angels.

Tolleson's eighth save

Trout extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning single. He's batting .438 (14-for-32) with six extra-base hits and five walks in that stretch.

REPLAY REVIEWS
The Rangers picked up a cheap out off of replay in the sixth after Pujols led off with a single. Calhoun also singled to center, moving Pujols to second. Desmond, starting in center field, threw to second, where Pujols had rounded the base and casually got back on it in plenty of time. But Odor equally casually kept the tag on and for a split-second, Pujols picked his foot up. The replay caught the foot disengaging with the tag still applied and Pujols was called out.

"I don't think that's fair, but whatever," Pujols said. "I tip my cap to their video guy and the manager. They challenged the play. Nothing you can do. And the replay shows that my foot was off just a hair. Everybody has to adjust to that. That's a big call in the game. That changed the whole thing. No outs in there. We could've easily gotten a rally." More >

Pujols out after challenge

Umpires ruled that Odor, the Rangers' second baseman, was in accordance with the new slide rule when he broke up a double-play ball in the first inning, prompting the Angels to lose their challenge. Odor, who took out second baseman Johnny Giavotella with a hard slide in the penultimate game of the regular season last year, slid slightly to the right of second base to trip up Simmons. But umpires deemed it a clean slide.

"I think it's part of the evolution of what this rule is going to be," Scioscia said. "We were told that you couldn't veer. Even if you could still touch the bag with your hand, you couldn't veer. He obviously veered. His footline was right into the bag, and where he ended up, he was three feet to the outfield side of the bag. I think we just have to grow with this rule, get an understanding for how it's going to be interpreted, and we got a little better understanding tonight."

Odor safe after challenge

WHAT'S NEXT
Angels: Matt Shoemaker takes the mound in the second of a three-game series on Saturday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Shoemaker struggled mightily the last time he faced the Rangers, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks in three-plus innings.

Rangers: Left-hander Derek Holland pitches for the Rangers on Saturday. He allowed three runs in five innings in a start against the Angels on April 7.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006.

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