Texas 3, LA Angels 2

Date - Friday, April 5, 2013 2:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 64°
Umpires - Home Plate - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Tony Randazzo,
Attendance - 48845

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
LA Angels 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Texas 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
LA Angels 1-3 0-0 1-3 L3
Texas 3-1 1-0 2-1 W3

Recap


Rangers 3, Angels 2: Ian Kinsler delivered the go-ahead single in the eighth inning as Texas edged visiting Los Angeles in Josh Hamilton’s first game against his former team.

A.J. Pierzynski and Nelson Cruz each went 3-for-4 and Adrian Beltre added two hits – including a tying home run – to send Texas to its third straight victory. Tanner Scheppers (1-0) sat the Angels down in order in the eighth after a strong seven-inning start from Derek Holland and Joe Nathan worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his first save.

Scott Downs (0-2) yielded a run and two hits in his only inning of work. Chris Iannetta went 2-for-3 with a homer and scored both runs for Los Angeles.

The two teams, who accounted for 225 runs in 19 meetings last season, each had trouble crossing the plate as Iannetta answered Pierzynski’s second-inning RBI triple with a solo shot in the third and Beltre’s line-drive homer in the seventh evened the score at 2-2 after Mike Trout scored Iannetta with a fifth-inning double.

However, Craig Gentry followed up his one-out single in the eighth with a stolen base one batter later. Kinsler took advantage when he lined Downs’ sinker into right, giving Gentry enough time to beat Hamilton’s throw.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rangers’ pitching staff, which recorded 43 strikeouts – the most strikeouts by any team in the first three games of a season since 1900 – in its season-opening series against the Houston Astros, tallied six more Friday. … Hamilton, who was routinely booed throughout the game, finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, matching his line from his final game with the Rangers in the team’s 5-1 loss to Baltimore in a one-and-done wild-card game last October. … Pierzynski’s triple was his first extra-base hit of the season.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
LA Angels   Texas
Jason Vargas Player Derek Holland
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.2 IP 7.0
4 Strikeouts 5
8 Hits 6
1.59 ERA 2.57
Hitting
LA Angels   Texas
Chris Iannetta Player Nelson Cruz
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
5 TB 4
.667 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
LA Angels 6 1 10 .194 8 6 2 2 1 0
Texas 12 1 19 .343 20 6 3 2 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game at home against LA Angels. The Rangers have a W/L % of .667 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • LA Angels will play their next game on the road against Texas. The Angels have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .000 after a loss.