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39-67 - Rangers open series with 4-1 win over Angels

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Make it three straight

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers scored four runs and the Anaheim Angels scored just one run.

The Rangers got good pitching, made nice plays in the field, and produced runs at the plate when given the opportunity as they won their third consecutive baseball game for the first time since winning four in a row at the tail end of June.

Starter Dane Dunning avoided his usual odd inning pitfalls and was able to turn in a 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K line on a robust 79 pitches. Meanwhile, a Texas bullpen trio of the returning Jimmy Herget, Joe Barlow, and Spencer Patton held the Angels hitless and scoreless over the final four innings as they combined to strike out five batters.

It was an unusual night for the bats where they collected just five hits and scored their first three runs on a passed ball, steal of home, and a sac fly before Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s RBI single in the seventh accounted for the game’s final run.

It was enough and the Rangers have another win against a division rival.

Player of the Game: There was a decent amount of things to like in what was a relatively quiet affair (no Jonah Heim walk-off required) so Curtis Terry gets the nod for not only his first big league hit, but a 2-for-3 evening with a run scored.

Up Next: More baseball tomorrow night between these two teams with RHP Jordan Lyles set to make the start for the Rangers against LHP Jose Suarez for the Angels. Tuesday’s first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.