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18-34 - Early Rangers outburst not enough in 4-3 loss to Angels

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No win for Lynn

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers scored three runs and the Anaheim Angels scored four runs.

The Rangers staked Lance Lynn to a three-run lead after one half inning and usually that’d be enough. Three whole runs from this offense with the front runner for second place in the American League Cy Young voting on the mound? Might as well pack it in, Mike Trout and gang.

Tonight, however, the Angels got to work pecking away at the lead and the Rangers turned off the offensive output after that first inning surge. By the bottom of the fifth, the game was tied 3-3.

Overall, even though he was unable to make the 3-0 lead stick, Lynn finished the night with seven strong innings where he allowed three runs on seven hits with zero walks and five strikeouts. It was a pretty Lynnian outing, all things considered.

Of course, three batters after Lynn left the game, the Angels scored the eventual game-winning run off Brett Martin in the bottom of the eighth on their way to a 4-3 victory.

Player of the Game: Yeah, sure, Rougned Odor hit the two-run homer but he’s old news. Leody Taveras hit the first leadoff donger of his career and then added a single and a stolen base to boot.

Leody is the future.

Up Next: The Rangers continue this series with the Angels with an afternoon game where Kyle Cody will make the start for Texas against RHP Julio Teheran for Anaheim. Sunday’s first pitch from the Big A is scheduled for 3:10 pm CT.