Field Level Media
Aug 20, 2019
Isiah Kiner-Falefa's infield single scored the winning run in the 11th inning for the Texas Rangers, who climbed from an early hole to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-7 on Monday night in the opener of the four-game series at Arlington, Texas.
Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with two walks for Texas. Willie Calhoun and Delino DeShields had two hits each, and Scott Heineman added the first two RBIs of his career.
Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer for the Angels, who left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings and had the bases loaded before lining into a double play to end the 10th. Los Angeles didn't score after the second inning.
Justin Upton had two hits and two RBIs, and Shohei Ohtani had two hits and two runs for Los Angeles, which had won four of five. Pujols, Wilfredo Tovar and Mike Trout also had two hits each for the Angels.
Angels left-hander Dillon Peters had a 7-1 lead after three innings, but he was down after four-plus frames, having allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits on 106 pitches. He struck out three and walked four.
Noe Ramirez (4-2) gave up a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning and took the loss.
Texas relievers Phillips Valdez, Shawn Kelley, Ian Gibaut, Jose Leclerc and Rafael Montero (2-0) combined to blank the Angels over the final six innings.
Kolby Allard made his fourth major league start, and the Texas left-hander overcame a rocky start to complete five innings. He allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits while striking out three and walking two.
The Angels had a 7-5 lead in the eighth when reliever Cam Bedrosian walked Shin-Soo Choo to start the inning. Elvis Andrus, Pence and Rougned Odor followed with consecutive one-out singles to score two runs and tie the score.
The three-run homer by Pujols highlighted a five-run first inning.
After the Rangers scored an unearned run in their half of the first, Ohtani delivered an RBI triple and Upton a run-scoring single in the second to stretch the lead to 7-1.
Texas catcher Jose Trevino belted his first major league homer in the fourth inning to make it 7-2.
Trout couldn't hold onto a deep fly ball by Calhoun in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs and ending the night for Peters.
Heineman doubled home two runs off reliever Luis Garcia, and the Rangers scored another on a 4-6-3 double play to make it 7-5.
--Field Level Media