MLB: High-powered Rangers double up Angels

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Adolis Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run, Leody Taveras went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers closed out a road series win on Sunday with a 16-8 rout of the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

Texas fell behind early when Anthony Rendon sent Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani home with a three-run homer in the first inning off Rangers starter Martin Perez. Perez surrendered seven earned runs and eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

It did not take the Rangers long to respond, however.

Jonah Heim drew a leadoff walk in the Texas half of the second inning, and Ezequiel Duran drove him in on the ensuing at-bat with a towering home run to left field. The Rangers then tied it 3-3 when Robbie Grossman’s sacrifice fly scored Travis Jankowski, who pulled up lame on the play and sat the rest of the afternoon.

Jankowski’s replacement, Josh Smith, blasted a two-run home run to cap a four-run third inning for the Rangers. They led their American League West counterparts the rest of the way.

Starter Jose Suarez (1-2), who took the loss, lasted just 2 2/3 innings for Los Angeles. He gave up seven earned runs on six hits and walked three batters. Relievers Chase Silseth and Chris Devenski pitched 3 1/3 and two innings, allowing three earned runs each.

The only Angels pitcher to escape unscathed was first baseman Jake Lamb, who worked a scoreless ninth inning. The outcome was no longer in doubt at that doubt with Texas sporting a nine-run lead.

Any hope of a Los Angeles comeback was nixed in the seventh inning. The Angels had responded to a four-run Texas-half of the fourth inning with RBI singles by Taylor Ward and Ohtani, pulling to within four runs.

But the Rangers’ five-run seventh put it away, with Garcia hitting a three-run home run after RBI singles by Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe.

The offensive outpouring resulted in Texas’ second double-digit-run effort in the series, a day removed from a 10-1 win on Saturday.

Rendon went 2-for-3 in the loss with two home runs, knocking out a second in the ninth inning. Ohtani went 2-for-3 and drew two walks. Thaiss went 3-for-4.

Josh Sborz (1-1) picked up the win with his two scoreless innings pitched for Texas.

–Field Level Media

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