After scoring 18 runs on Sunday, the Rangers suddenly fell back into their recent slump at the plate with just one run in the series opener last night against the Angels. That slump appeared as though it might carry on tonight as Texas was held scoreless the first time through the order as the Rangers trailed Anaheim 1-0.
But then Elvis Andrus hit a home run. And then Adrian Beltre hit a home run. And then, an inning later, Nomar Mazara doubled in two runs.
It wasn’t exactly 18 runs but, following a solid effort over five innings from Mike Minor and the working around a Shohei Ohtani solo home run by the bullpen in four innings of work, the four runs proved to be enough and Rangers were able to pick up a win.
Player of the Game: Elvis hit a home run to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth which woke up the bats and then he made some stellar, classic Elvis plays at shortstop to bolster the defense in what ultimately was a close contest. Long live Elvis Andrus!
Up Next: The Rangers close out this series against the Angels with Bartolo Colon making his return from injury opposite RHP Jaime Barria for Anaheim. First pitch of the rubber match from Arlington is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.