The Texas Rangers offered a classic brand of 2019 Rangers tonight as they saw the Angels score twice in the early innings, as tonight’s starter Lance Lynn tried to get his feet under him. After Lynn settled in, however, Texas mounted its increasingly expected rally with a run in the fourth and four in the fifth to slowly snuff the life out of Anaheim.
Texas didn’t score another run on the night but those five proved to be enough as Lynn ultimately went 5 2⁄3 innings and was able to work around seven hits and three walks while collecting just two strikeouts.
The Angels scored a run in the top of the eighth and then Jose Leclerc came in and promptly loaded the bases with zero outs in what is also becoming a more-common-than-we’d-like shaky inning.
Leclerc was able to wiggle out of it with just one run crossing the plate and put the finishing touches on a 5-4 win which saw the Rangers sweep the Angels, bob back up to their season-high best three games above .500 mark, and collect their first four-game winning streak of 2019.
Player of the Game: Shin-Soo Choo continued his nice start to the 2019 season and proved to be the catalyst at the plate that the Rangers needed tonight. Choo went 2-for-3 overall with a triple but also drew a walk while scoring twice while driving in a couple of runs which proved to be the difference in the game.
Up Next: The Rangers get to enjoy a day off before welcoming the Astros back to The Ballpark for a series beginning on Friday night. LHP Drew Smyly is scheduled to make the start for Texas in the opener against RHP Justin Verlander for Houston.