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18-33 - Rangers thwarted by Pujols, Angels in 6-2 series-opening loss

Albert Pujols hit as many home runs as the Rangers scored runs

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers scored two runs and the Anaheim Angels scored four runs and Albert Pujols scored two runs.

Two runs is a downright bounty for the Rangers of late. Texas had scored one run each in four of their last five games. After scoring just one run in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, the Rangers scored six runs in the finale of that series.

However, against the Astros in Houston, the Rangers scored once in each of the three games. With two runs tonight, the Rangers met their average pace of two runs per games over the last week.

Also of note: DeMarcus Evans made his MLB debut tonight. He allowed one of two solo Pujols home runs on the evening, and then hit Justin Upton in the head, but he settled in to complete his first big league inning.

Player of the Game: Anderson Tejeda was the only Ranger with two hits tonight. One of those hits was a double as he also scored one of the two Rangers runs on a Willie Calhoun single that brought in both Rangers runs.

Up Next: The Rangers play the Angels once again with Lance Lynn set to take them mound for Texas against LHP Andrew Heaney for Anaheim. Saturday’s first pitch from The Big A is scheduled for 8:10 pm CT.