ARLINGTON, Texas -- Want to know how well rookie Martin Perez pitched Wednesday night?
Mike Trout was 0-for-3 against him. It was a hidden key in the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels that ultimately was won in the bottom of the ninth on Adrian Beltre's walk-off home run.
Trout reached base in all 10 of his plate appearances in the first two games of the series, going 6-for-6 with four walks. The Angels' All-Star center fielder grounded out to first and flew out twice to right field against Perez.
What was Perez's secret?
"Throw strikes," Perez said. "Throw fastballs. When he doesn't have a runner in scoring position, he doesn't swing at first pitch, so I attacked him early."
Perez concentrated on slowing down the game against the Angels' hitters. He had rushed and let the game get away from him in his previous start, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings Saturday in Cleveland.
Perez allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday night, and that came on a home run by Josh Hamilton that tied the game in the top of the seventh. And Perez didn't make a mistake there -- Hamilton was able to hit a fastball that was down in the strike zone.
Hamilton got Perez once. Trout didn't, and the Angels' offense was in neutral.
"He's really hot right now," Rangers catcher Geovany Soto said of Trout. "We just tried to get the ball down, and hopefully he gets himself out and keep him off the bases. That's a big part of their offense."