Angels take series with 5-2 win over Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jefry Marte drove in three runs with a single and a home run to lead the Angels' 10-hit attack, and Los Angeles beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 Sunday to take the rubber match of a three-game series.
Kole Calhoun hit a leadoff home run in the third inning for the Angels, and Marte broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the fifth. Marte's homer was a solo shot in the ninth that capped the scoring.
Angels starter JC Ramirez lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, two walks and two runs while striking out nine.
Bud Norris pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out four, to post his fifth save of the season.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Delino DeShields walked, stole second and scored on a single by Carlos Gomez.
The Angels were unable to take advantage of a scoring opportunity in the top of the first. With the bases loaded, Mike Trout misread Marte's line drive up the middle and broke for third as the ball settled into second baseman Rougned Odor's glove. Odor touched second base to complete the double play and end the inning.
However, the Angels corrected course quickly. In the third, Calhoun hit a leadoff home run to tie the score at 1.
In the fifth, the Angels found themselves in another bases-loaded situation, and this time they did not squander it.
After Trout was intentionally walked to load the bases, Rangers starters Martin Perez retired Albert Pujols for the second out of the inning. However, Marte followed with a liner to center, driving in two runs to make it 3-1.
The Rangers got back a run in the bottom of the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a home run, but the Angels re-established a two-run lead in the top of the sixth when Yunel Escobar's bloop single scored Martin Maldonado.
Marte's solo home run in the ninth made it 5-2.
Perez was charged with four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
NOTES: Before the game, the Rangers announced that they claimed INF Pete Kozma off waivers from the Yankees. Kozma was designated for assignment by New York on Friday. He was 1-for-9 this season in three starts at shortstop. Kozma was added to Texas' 40-man roster, and a corresponding move will be made when he reports to the team to join the 25-man roster. ... With a single in the first inning, Angels CF Mike Trout extended his hitting streak to 14 games. During that stretch, he is hitting .415 (22-for-53). ... Los Angeles RF Kole Calhoun's home run against LHP Martin Perez was the first homer allowed by Perez to a left-handed hitter in Globe Life Park since May 10, 2014, when Boston's David Ortiz took him deep.