Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Angels 3

September, 8, 2013
9/08/13
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The Texas Rangers avoided a sweep in Anaheim, and stayed within 1 ½ games of the Oakland Athletics in the American League West with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon.

AL West update: The Rangers needed to end a three-game losing streak, and they also needed to hold serve with Oakland in the American League West. The A's beat the Houston Astros for a third straight day, winning 7-2. Oakland has an off day on Monday while the Rangers return home on Monday to open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rally time: Facing a fourth straight loss on the road trip, the Rangers rallied in the top of the seventh for two runs. Trailing 3-2, No. 9 hitter Leonys Martin drew a one-walk walk. Then Ian Kinsler, moved back into the leadoff spot on Sunday, had a ground-rule double to put two runners in scoring position. Elvis Andrus followed with a sacrifice fly to right field that wasn't a hit only because of a spectacular catch by the Angels' Kole Calhoun. Martin did smartly tag up from third base to tie the score at 3-3. Alex Rios, moved into the three-hole on Sunday, then had a bloop single to left field on a ball that was misjudged by Angels center fielder Mike Trout, giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead.

Rios goes deep: Rios hit his 16th home run of the season in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead. Texas has still been outscored in the first inning 72-42.

Ogando gets win: Alexi Ogando came in out of the bullpen and delivered 1 ⅓ shutout innings for his sixth victory and first as a reliever this season.

Scheppers gets out of jam: Tanner Scheppers came up big in the bottom of the eighth. With a runner at third and one out, Scheppers struck out Hank Conger and got Grant Green to line out to center field to keep the score at 4-3.

Nathan saves day: Closer Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth inning, which was needed with Trout scheduled to bat fourth in the inning. Nathan has 39 saves.

Tepesch's good work: The Rangers asked starter Nick Tepesch to keep them in the game while throwing around 60 pitches, and he did it. Tepesch allowed a second-inning home run to Calhoun and that was it. He allowed four hits and had five strikeouts in 3 ⅓ innings.

Up next: The Rangers open a three-game series at home Monday night against the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates. The pitching matchups are: Monday, right-hander Yu Darvish (12-7, 2.91 ERA) versus right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-7, 3.74); Tuesday, left-hander Martin Perez (9-3, 3.41) versus left-hander Francisco Liriano (15-7, 2.98); and Wednesday, right-hander Matt Garza (9-4, 3.90) versus right-hander A.J. Burnett (7-10, 3.31).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182