Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Battery powers Rangers to win over Angels

Another new lineup for the Rangers, this one featuringRougned Odor in the leadoff spot for the first time, made it tough on Angels rookie right-hander Drew Rucinski, and starter Nick Martinez did the rest in Texas' 8-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday night.
Martinez had a 13-inning scoreless streak to start the season until the Angels managed an unearned run off him in the seventh, his final inning of work.
"It definitely felt great," Martinez said. "We needed a big win. Everybody came out hot and we played good defense tonight."
Rucinski lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks, and was sent to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game.
Odor was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.Robinson Chirinos had a bigger night at the bottom of the order, driving in a career-high five runs.
"We didn't take advantage of our opportunities, and they obviously hit the ball well," Angels center fielder Mike Trout said. "It's a tough one. Just have to turn the page. Day game tomorrow."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Trout can't make play: The Rangers, leading 1-0, had two on with two out in the bottom of the second inning when Chirinos hit a high fly into the left-center gap. Left fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Trout both gave chase and got there almost at the same time. Neither made the catch. Trout came closer but the ball fell in for a two-run double, giving Chirinos his first two RBIs of the season. He scored on a single by Odor and the Rangers had a 4-0 lead. More >
Martinez escapes second-inning trouble: Martinez kept the Angels from a big inning in the top of the second. With the Rangers trying to protect a one-run lead, the Angels loaded the bases with one out on a walk to Chris Iannetta, a double by Collin Cowgill and then Martinez hitting Johnny Giavotella with a pitch. Martinez escaped by getting Erick Aybar to ground into an inning-ending double play. More >
Chirinos breaks it open: Chirinos entered the game 1-for-13 on the season and without an RBI. In addition to hitting a two-run double, Chirinos put the game beyond reach with a three-run home run in the sixth.
Four-spot for Rucinski, Alvarez: Rucinski threw 77 pitches in his four-run outing, and was followed by Jose Alvarez, who retired the first seven batters he faced but lost his rhythm in the sixth. Alvarez surrendered a leadoff homer to Elvis Andrus, hit Carlos Peguero (drawing a warning for both benches from the home-plate umpire), gave up a single to Leonys Martin, then served up the three-run homer to Chirinos and exited.
QUOTABLE
"He doesn't hit a lot of them but he hit that far. I was like 'Cool, attaboy, wow.'"
-- Odor on Andrus
"I just have to pitch my game. I can compete with the guys here. It didn't show that well tonight, but I just have to keep doing what I do." -- Rucinski, optioned to Triple-A after Tuesday's game, on what he took away from his brief stint in the big leagues
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
• Andrus' homer snapped a streak of 481 at-bats without going deep. It was the longest active streak in the Majors. It was his first home run since last May 21 against the Mariners in Arlington.
• Trout has a hit in all eight of the Angels' games this season. The center fielder is now batting .393 on the season (11-for-28). The rest of the team is hitting .197 (52-for-264).
REPLAY REVIEW
Angels manager Mike Scioscia got his first overturned call of the season in Tuesday's eighth inning, when umpires went to replay to rule that C.J. Cronbeat out what was initially ruled an inning-ending double play. Efren Navarroscored on the play. The Angels are 1-for-3 in replay challenges this year.
WHAT'S NEXT
Angels: Left-hander Hector Santiago tries to keep his perfect record in Arlington intact when he faces the Rangers at 11:05 a.m. PT on Wednesday. Santiago is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances against the Rangers at their home park.
Rangers: Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo joins the rotation when he faces the Angels at 1:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Ranaudo, who pitched five scoreless innings in his first start at Triple-A Round Rock, is replacing Derek Holland, who is sidelined for at least two months with a strained left shoulder.

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