ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez threw six scoreless innings and Nomar Mazara belted a two-run home run as the Rangers beat the Angels, 4-1, Tuesday night at Globe Life Park, evening the three-game series.
Perez recorded his first win in May, despite a 2.59 ERA in his previous four starts of the month. He entered the game receiving an average of 2.10 runs per start, the lowest in the American League. The left-hander struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings of work.
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, making his third start for the Angels since being acquired from the Braves on May 11, worked six innings and allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out four. Johnny Giavotella's career-high 12-game hitting streak ended, as he struck out twice in an 0-for-4 effort.
Perez has held the Angels to 10 runs in 40 innings throughout his career, good for a 2.25 ERA.
"That's the firmest we've seen him," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He threw the ball hard, used his changeup well, and he was throwing strikes early on. He got away from it a little bit in the sixth inning, but he pitched a strong game for those guys."
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Perez escapes trouble in sixth:Shane Robinson and Yunel Escobar opened the inning with singles for the Angels, with Robinson moving to third on Escobar's hit, putting runners at first and third with nobody out and the middle of the order due up. Perez got Kole Calhoun to ground to Mitch Moreland, who threw out Robinson at home. Perez then struck out Mike Trout looking. After a walk to Albert Pujols to load the bases, he struck out Giavotella on a 95-mph fastball to end the inning. More >
Left stranded: That sixth inning marked the third straight frame in which the Angels got the leadoff man on and could not score him. Carlos Perez led off the fifth and seventh by reaching base, but the bottom third of the Angels' lineup -- shorthanded with injuries to Andrelton Simmons and Daniel Nava, and without C.J. Cron for the night -- didn't bring him in. The Angels have managed only three runs despite 16 hits in 18 innings this series.
"We had some chances, but Perez threw the ball, man," Calhoun said. "That's one of the best I've seen him. Hats off to him. He made pitches when he had to. He got in a jam there in the sixth inning and made his pitches." More >
Mazara hits blast at home: Mazara hit his first career home run at Globe Life Park, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that landed in the upper deck in right field. It was Mazara's seventh home run of the season. It traveled an estimated 422 feet and was 104 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™. Chacin gave it up on a 2-0 changeup.
"Nomar is a guy that we've seen that stays calm in the box, and when he gets a quality pitch to hit, he finds the barrel," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "There's a lot of energy in that dugout and the guys feed off each other."
Gotcha: The Rangers tacked on an additional run in the eighth by baiting catcher Carlos Perez into an unwarranted throw. Mazara, who singled to put runners on the corners with two outs, faked an attempt to steal, prompting Perez to quickly fire to second and allowing Ian Desmond to easily score from third. The play ended Cam Bedrosian's streak of 14 consecutive appearances (12 1/3 innings) without allowing an earned run.
"They timed it really well," Scioscia said.
"Good job on the delay by Maz," Desmond added. "That was big, to get that run. Well executed by him. It made it easy for me, I didn't even draw a throw."
"It felt good for the fans to see me hit a home run. We have the best fans." -- Mazara
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It was the first time this season that the Rangers won without getting a hit with runners in scoring position. They are 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position this series.
WHAT'S NEXT Angels: Left-hander Hector Santiago will start the series finale for the Angels at 11:05 a.m. PT Wednesday. He is 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two daytime starts this year.
Rangers: Right-hander Colby Lewis gets the start for Texas at 1:05 p.m. CT Wednesday. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA through four starts in May.