For an offense that has struggled a bit to begin the season, the Rangers tapped into something that will be a big part of their ability to score runs in 2016. Against Matt Shoemaker and the Angels' bullpen, the Rangers collected seven bases on balls.
With the seven walks, the Rangers raised their season total to 22 walks drawn. That's tops in baseball, by the way. The Cubs are second with 21 walks.
Every Ranger reached base tonight with Delino DeShields leading the way by reaching three times on two hits and a walk. DeShields also proved a pest on the basepaths by stealing two bases and scoring on consecutive wild pitches in the top of the fourth.
Rougned Odor hit his first dinger of the year in the third which drove in two. It was a total team effort at the plate as six of the nine Rangers' hitters collected at least one RBI.
Player of the Game: A.J. Griffin pitched in his first game since 2013 and tossed a quality start for his effort. Three runs in six innings pitched against an offense that includes Mike Trout is all you can ask for from a fifth starter.
Up next: Texas did away with their losing streak and look to Cole Hamels on Saturday night to help them earn consecutive wins for the first time in 2016. It won't be easy as the Angels counter with RHP Garrett Richards in a rematch of Game 162 from last season. First pitch is scheduled for an hour earlier at 8:05 pm CT from Anaheim.