Odor’s two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1), the 14th starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.
Drew Hutchison (2-2) struck out six and allowed two runs over five innings in his third start for the Rangers. Jose Leclerc struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Gallo’s double into the right-field corner made it 2-0 before he scored on a groundout by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Odor’s two-run single was the fourth consecutive Rangers hit after that, and he added a sac fly in the seventh inning.
Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer, his eighth, that got the Angels within 5-4 in the sixth.
Carlos Tocci had three hits and scored twice for Texas.
Despaigne, acquired Tuesday from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations, allowed five runs in four innings while becoming the 34th pitcher used by Los Angeles. Two relievers made their big-league debuts in the series opener for the Angels, who had never used more than 31 pitchers in a season.
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker, who made only one start before going on the DL with a right forearm strain the first week of the season, is working out in Arizona. Manager Mike Scioscia said ”Shoemaker is making some great strides, and that’s great to see.” The Angels play in Arizona next week.
Rangers: CF Delino DeShields was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture on the tip of his right middle finger. He got hurt in the series opener Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt. … 3B Adrian Beltre missed his third consecutive game since coming out Monday night after aggravating his trouble left hamstring that has already landed him on the DL twice this season.
Angels lefty Andrew Heaney has gone nearly three years since winning a start on the road. His streak of 16 consecutive winless road starts has already tied Rudy May (1965-69) for the longest such streak in team history. Heaney is 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA in two career starts at Texas. He is 0-5 in 11 road starts this year, and 7-2 in 11 starts at Angel Stadium. The Rangers hadn’t announced a starter by the end of Friday’s game.
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DeShields got hurt in the series opener Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt.
Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock for his third stint with Texas this year.
It is the second time this season that DeShields has gone on the DL. He missed 20 games after a hamate bone fracture in his left hand the first week of the season. He is hitting .204 with 22 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 85 games.
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The Texas Rangers did something that hasn’t been done since the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn, a loaf of bread only cost a nickel and the world was only two months removed from the Titanic tragedy.
Rangers teammates Jurickson Profar and Rougned Odor turned a triple play without retiring a batter for the first time since June 13, 1912, when those Brooklyn Dodgers did it against the Cincinnati Reds.
Profar seemed to be the only one who knew right away what really happened. Everyone from players to managers, umpires, broadcasters and fans required an explanation, so here goes: Profar short-hopped David Fletcher’s liner down the third-base line, stepped on the bag, tagged out Taylor Ward and threw to Odor for another force-out at second. Bing-bang-boom, see you in another 106 years.
“Every runner thought it was a line drive, that’s why we got a triple play,” said Profar, who thought it was a double play in the moment before realizing Kole Calhoun never left first base, via MLB.com. “I wasn’t sure why the runner at first base didn’t run either, so they thought it was a line drive.”
The Angels were leading 6-3 and threatening to put another crooked number on the board with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the fourth inning when Profar and Odor turned the triple play. The Rangers rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the comeback win.
“That was a real game-changer,” added Angels manager Mike Scioscia, via MLB.com. “Profar made a great play on it. Fletch hit the ball hard, and they got out of the fourth inning with no damage at a time when we were going to pad our lead and hopefully get far enough in front.”
In addition to being the first triple play in which the batter wasn’t retired since 1912, it was also just the third 5-4 triple play since the expansion era began in 1961, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
ARLINGTON – With the Rangers down by two runs at the start of the seventh inning on Thursday night, manager Jeff Banister made an interesting decision.
Banister went to left-hander Matt Moore, who has been the lost-causes reliever since falling out of the rotation in mid-June. The Rangers were 3-13 when Moore appeared in relief.
Moore continued to climb out from under the rubble of his season by working two scoreless innings. The Rangers responded with four runs in the eighth inning for an 8-6 win, giving Moore his first win since April 17.
“Matt Moore did an exceptional job,” Banister said.
This was Moore’s third consecutive strong relief appearances. In this small sample, which includes two appearances at the New York Yankees last weekend, Moore has allowed only one run and three hits in five innings. He has eight strikeouts and no walks in that span.
For a pitcher who had a 7.60 ERA before the series at the Yankees, this represents progress.
“My overall crispness with each pitch is getting better the more I get out there,” Moore said. “I told them my arm feels alive again.”
Pitching coach Doug Brocail said the difference between Moore’s stuff now and early in the season “is like night and day.” He has shown a consistent 94-mph fastball and the varieties of curveball that made him effective early in his career with Tampa Bay. He froze Albert Pujols with a change-up for an inning-ending strikeout in the eighth.
The difference starts with regular work, Moore said. After going into the bullpen as a long man, he could go weeks between appearances. His last three appearances have come in a span of eight days.
“I always want to figure it out on the mound,” Moore said. “I’ve always liked to get into games. I’ve thought that served me better.”
This has been a trying season for Moore. To his credit, he has never given in and stopped looking for the answers.
“I’m trying to finish this season as strong as I can,” More said. “If that means being in the bullpen for the rest of the year, I’m going to try to be the best bullpen arm I can be.”
If the Rangers like what they see from Moore in this final stretch, they could pay a $750,000 buyout rather than exercise his option at $10 million and try to bring him back next year under a new deal.
Or maybe one of the many contenders looking for a left-handed reliever takes a flier and works out a trade for Moore. A deal would have to be completed by Aug. 31 for Moore to be eligible for the playoffs. Stranger things have happened.
The Texas Rangers, as expected, activated right fielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday prior to their contest with the Los Angeles Angels, and Mazara immediately produced the spark he was expected to provide, pounding a two-run home run in his first at-bat.
It was Mazara’s first homer since June 29 and helped the Rangers bounce back from a five-run first inning by the Los Angeles Angels on the way to an 8-6 Texas win.
The Angels will send right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 5.31 ERA) to the mound on Friday to try to even the series, while Texas will counter with left-hander Mike Minor (9-6, 4.61).
Mazara will be called on to be a run-producer in the middle of the Texas lineup, especially since third baseman Adrian Beltre was placed in the disabled list on Thursday after reaggravating a hamstring injury.
“Nomar is one of our guys in the core group, so it’s nice to get him back,” Texas manager Jeff Banister told MLB.com on Thursday afternoon. “It keeps everyone else in comfortable spots. He’s a big player for us, and we need him on the field.”
Mazara had been on the DL since July 20 with a right thumb sprain. He last played for the Rangers on July 14 against Baltimore. Prior to the injury, Mazara hit .272 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 91 games.
“It was a long three weeks,” he said. “I’m glad to be back out here.”
Texas roared back from two runs down on Thursday in Game 1 of the series, scoring four runs in the eighth on a Joey Gallo double, a bases-loaded walk to Shin-Soo Choo, a single by Rougned Odor, and a wild pitch.
The Rangers turned a triple play in the game, the second in the major leagues this season and the first for Texas since the 2009 campaign.
The Angels used eight pitchers in the game, relying completely on their bullpen to help take up the slack for their injury-depleted starting staff.
Despaigne, who was acquired from the Marlins on Tuesday, will make his Angels debut and his first start in the majors since March 31. He will likely be limited to 75 to 80 pitches.
His only preious appearance against Texas was in 2015, when he pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
Despaigne will be the 14th pitcher to start for the Angels this season. He will replace the injured Nick Tropeano in the club’s rotation.
“Despaigne’s got a good arm,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com. “He definitely has good movement. He has a good cutter, breaking ball, change. Good movement on his fastball. He kind of pitches off of that. He works off of soft contact. Hopefully he’ll get in there and give us a chance to win tomorrow.”
Minor will make his 23rd start of the season on Friday. He has gone 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last four outings and has won three straight starts for the first time since winning five in a row from Sept. 16, 2012-April 10, 2013 with Atlanta.
Minor will be working on six days’ rest, as he last worked and earned the win in the Rangers’ 12-7 victory on Friday at New York. Minor has no record and a 5.68 ERA in three games (one start) in his career against the Angels.
The Rangers scratched left-hander Mike Minor from a start against the Angels on Friday because of back stiffness.
Right-hander Drew Hutchison moved up one day to take Minor’s spot. Hutchison will be working on five days rest. The Rangers are uncertain for their starters for the final two games of the series.
The Rangers also could be without center fielder Delino DeShields for the weekend. DeShields was hit on the right middle finger by a pitch while attempting to bunt in the seventh inning. Carlos Tocci replaced DeShields in the ninth.
DeShields declined to discuss his condition. He departed with a brace on the finger.