April 29, 2017
Carlos Gomez hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning to complete his 2nd career cycle, and the Rangers defeated the Angels 6-3 on Saturday afternoon in Arlington.
Yu Darvish (3-2) picked up the win after pitching 6 strong innings and giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 10 Angels. Darvish threw 125 pitches before departing.
Jesse Chavez (2-4) took the loss for the Halos. He last 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 3 and walking 2.
The Angels struck first in this one after an RBI double from Mike Trout, and a sacrifice fly from Albert Pujols, which gave them a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning.
However, the Rangers got 4 runs in the 5th inning to take control of the game. Nomar Mazara delivered an RBI single, Gomez had an RBI triple, and Rougned Odor connected on a 2-run homer.
Gomez home run in the 7th made it 6-2 and capped the scoring for Texas. The Angels only other run came on a sac fly from Cliff Pennington in the 9th inning.
The Angels had their 5-game win streak snapped with the loss. Mike Trout went 2-4 in the defeat and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
“The wind was crazy,” Trout said. “I couldn’t even tell you what direction it was blowing.”
The rubber game of the 3-game set will be on Sunday afternoon in Arlington. JC Ramirez (0-2; 4.16 ERA) will get the call for the Halos, while the Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (1-3; 3.60 ERA).