Angels Lose to Rangers Despite Comeback

Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels fell to the Texas Rangers in the final game of their weekend series. The Angels made a valiant effort to come back in ninth inning by scoring three runs. However, they were unable to get the tying run across home plate. Los Angeles wound up losing the game by a score of 7-6. They also only managed to win one of the three games in the series that was played at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Despite the loss, the Angels are still only 1 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins in their quest to win the second wild card.

The Rangers used the long ball to help them secure their victory over the Angels. A pair of home runs were hit by Elvis Andrus. Texas also added homers by Delino DeShields and Robinson Chirinos. The Angels got off to a quick start in the game. They scored two runs in the top of the first inning when C.J. Cron cracked a double with two men on base. However, the Rangers were able to come back in the bottom of the second on the strength of an Elvis Andrus home run and a Will Middlebrooks single to score a run.

Angels starter Andrew Heaney just did not have it on Sunday. He struggled with his command during the entire time he was on the mound. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits. He walked four men and gave up three home runs. Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes that Heaney will do a better job down the stretch. It is just a matter of him finding his command and having more confidence in his breaking pitches. Rangers starter Martin Perez was more successful on the mound. He pitched six innings and gave up three earned runs on nine hits. He was able to scatter the hits he allowed and changed speeds to keep hitters confused all afternoon.

Despite losing the series to the Rangers, the Angels still find themselves in a very good position in the playoff race. Being so close to the second wild card spot with still a complete month to go in the season is a good thing. The Angels are healthy and they are very capable of going on a hot streak that will allow them to overtake the Twins. However, they need to avoid key injuries.


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