ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels returned to Texas for the first time since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series at the Rangers last month, losing 8-7 in 11 innings after letting a six-run lead get away Monday night.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa brought home the winning run with a high-chop infield single off Noé Ramirez (4-2), scoring Jose Trevino and ending the Rangers’ four-game losing streak.
Shohei Ohtani extended the longest hitting streak of his career to 10 games with an RBI triple , then had a broken bat line drive that turned into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the 10th. The Japanese star reached base four times and scored twice.
Albert Pujols’ 652nd career homer and 19th of the season capped a five-run first inning, and the Angels led 7-1 before Trevino’s first career homer and Scott Heineman’s first two big league RBIs got the Rangers closer.
Hunter Pence, who had three hits and reached base five times, pulled Texas within a run with a single in the eighth. Rougned Odor followed with a tying RBI single.
Mike Trout walked to load the bases in the 10th when Ohtani hit a smash to the left of Odor, who was playing in. The second baseman made the catch on his knees and flipped to first, barely beating Trout’s head-first slide.
Rafael Montero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.
Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara left after two innings with left oblique tightness. Mazara made a lunging catch while falling forward on a liner from Pujols in the second. … 3B Danny Santana left after four innings with left hamstring tightness. Santana slowed considerably between first and second on a double in the fourth. … RHP Adrian Sampson went on the 10-day injured list with lower back spasms. The move was part of a roster shuffle that included bringing up Heineman and RHP Phillips Valdez from Triple-A Nashville. RHP David Carpenter was designated for assignment.
Heaney (2-3, 4.76 ERA) is set to start what amounts to the makeup game for the postponement following Skaggs’ death. It’s the first doubleheader in almost four years for the Angels. Brock Burke, a 23-year-old lefty, is set to make his major league debut for Texas in the opener. Joe Palumbo (0-1, 11.00) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start the second game for the Rangers. The 24-year-old rookie left-hander has three career appearances and two starts for Texas. The Angels haven’t announced a starter for the nightcap.
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