Texas Rangers Win Third Straight, Beat Angels

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Rangers 4, Angels 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, August 2 – On Monday evening, the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to three games. They took the first of four against the Los Angeles Angels. The final score was 4-1. It may not sound like a lot, but with the season they’re having, it’s quite an accomplishment. The Rangers were able to set a nice tone for the remaining three games of this series. Then they begin a six-game road trip.  They’ll start with three against the Oakland Athletics. Then finish with three against the Seattle Mariners. Heading out on the road on a high note would be a huge plus. Here is a recap of Monday night’s opener.

Sluggish Angels

Perhaps it was jet lag that caused the Angels to score only one run. Their star two-way player Shohei Ohtani didn’t play much of a factor. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Angels scored their run in the top of the fourth inning. The Rangers were ahead 1-0. Juan Lagares grounded out, allowing Phil Gosselin to score. This tied the game at 1-1.

Terry’s Moment

It is worth mentioning that the Rangers’ designated hitter Curtis Terry had a good night. After going hitless in his first 20 major league at-bats, he doubled for his first career hit. The first run that the Texas Rangers scored came in the bottom of the second. Andy Ibanez scored on a passed ball by catcher Max Stassi. Then came the aforementioned tie. Texas’ next run came on a double-steal in the bottom of the fifth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa stole second, and Brock Holt stole home. He became the 38th player in Rangers history to steal home plate. Holt would contribute again later. He hit a sac-fly in the bottom of the seventh. That brought home Jason Martin. That same inning, Terry scored their final run on a single by Kiner-Falefa. Welcome to the show, young man.

Texas Rangers Good Pitching

While Rangers starter Dane Dunning wasn’t exactly stunning, he managed to do well  enough to earn the win. That puts his record at 5-7. He went five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. Joe Barlow and Spencer Patton chipped in as well. Patton got the save, his first. Chris Rodriguez took the loss after giving up four earned runs on four hits. He is now 2-1.

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Players Mentioned:

Shohei Ohtani, Juan Lagares, Phil Gosselin, Curtis Terry, Andy Ibanez, Max Stassi, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Brock Holt, Jason Martin, Dane Dunning, Joe Barlow, Spencer Patton, Chris Rodriguez