The Rangers fell 5-2 as they lost their fifth consecutive game and were swept by the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels first run came off a controversial ruling in the first, that resulted in the ejection of Rangers manager Ron Washington. After walking to lead off for Anaheim, Kole Calhoun made his way around the bases on a single from Albert Pujols, and was tagged out at home plate by Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez. The Angels challenged the call, saying Gimenez was blocking the plate, and New York overturned the call.
Rule 7.13 was put in to play, but quite frankly the overturning of the call seems a bit ridiculous. The Rule was created to protect catchers from collisions at home plate. There was no collision, and instead, Gimenez, the catcher who should be protected from the rule, was given an error.
The call however would be irrelevant, as the Angels tacked on four runs in the fourth inning. C.J. Cron would start it off, with a solo homer, his third of the series. Hank Conger walked for the second time of the day, and the scored on a double from David Freese. Calhoun hit a two-run homer off the right field foul ball, bringing the Angels lead over the Rangers to five runs.
An error from Cron assisted the Rangers in getting on the board in the sixth, where back-to-back hits from Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus had placed runners on the corners. In a pickoff attempt, Cron lost control of the ball, and Martin was able to score.
With two outs in the ninth, Brad Snyder hit a solo homerun off Angels closer Joe Smith, his second of the year. Though a loss was already apparent, one more run softened the blow.
Yu Darvish lost his second straight game, and gave up four earned runs in consecutive games for the first time since August 2012, his rookie season. Darvish issued four walks, three of which were against Conger, the most he’s ever allowed to one batter. Additionally, Darvish pitched only six complete innings, his third shortest outing of the year.
The Rangers were able to outhit the Angels, they just were unable to outscore them. Texas acquired nine hits, while Los Angeles managed seven. Leonys Martin continued to do well out of the leadoff spot, hitting 3-4 with two doubles, proving he might be a long term solution while Choo is stuck in the three hole.
Texas has now lost five straight games, and are officially amidst their worst losing streak of the season. The Rangers had been playing well on the row, but went 3-6 on their west coast trip, allowing their record for June to fall to 7-12. With 14 players currently on the disabled list, and fifth string first baseman Donnie Murphy leaving Sunday’s game with left knee soreness, it doesn’t look like the Rangers downfall is going to improve anytime soon.
The Rangers have a day off Monday, before returning home to take on Ian Kinsler and the Tigers on Tuesday. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.