Rangers win wild marathon against Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Gomez scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the eighth inning to push the Texas Rangers to a crazy 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
The Rangers led 9-4 after six innings before the Angels rallied to tie the score. The Rangers have won three of their last four games and the Angels had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Cam Bedrosian (4-4) walked Gomez with two outs in the eighth. He stole second and went to third on an error. With Mike Napoli at the plate, Bedrosian threw a pitch that catcher Martin Maldonado couldn't stop.
Alex Claudio (4-1) got Eric Young Jr. to hit into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the ninth to end a four-hour, 33-minute game. It was the longest nine-inning game in history for each club and the longest nine-inning game in the majors since 2007.
The teams combined to use 15 pitchers and had 25 hits.
The Rangers led 9-4 after six innings, but the bullpen couldn't make that lead stand up. The Angels scored three times against Ricky Rodriguez in the seventh. C.J. Cron's two-run double was followed by a Cliff Pennington sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles tied the score at 9 in the eighth on an RBI single from Andrelton Simmons and a sacrifice fly by Kole Calhoun.
The Rangers led 5-2 after two innings before Joey Gallo ended the night for Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs with his 37th homer of the season to lead off the bottom of the third. Gallo is tied for the American League lead with New York's Aaron Judge.
The Angels made it a two-run game by scoring twice off Cole Hamels in the fifth on a two-run single from Albert Pujols. Texas then pushed the lead to five when Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer and Gomez a solo homer off Kenyan Middleton in the sixth.
Hamels was charged with four runs and five hits in five innings. Skaggs pitched just two innings, giving up six runs (five earned) and five hits.
Pujols had four hits and four RBIs for the Angels.
The Angels jumped on Hamels for two runs in the first on a two-run double by Pujols. Texas got those runs back in the bottom of the first on an RBI grounder from Elvis Andrus and a Nomar Mazara double.
Texas got to Tyler Skaggs for three more runs in the second. An error scored the first run and a two-run single from Andrus pushed the lead to 5-2.
Gallo ended the night for Skaggs by leading off the third with a solo homer to right-center field, his 37th of the season. Skaggs was charged with six runs (five earned) in two innings.
Pujols got the Angels within 6-4 in the fifth on a two-run single. Hamels was done after five innings, allowing four runs and five hits.
NOTES: The Rangers activated LHP Jake Diekman from the 60-day disabled list and recalled RHP Paulo Espino. Texas also purchased the contracts of 3B Will Middlebrooks and C A.J. Ramirez. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated LHP Dario Alvarez, LHP Joely Rodriguez and RHP Jhan Marinez for assignments. ... The Angels recalled RHP Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Salt Lake and purchased the contract of LHP Jason Gurka. Los Angeles also recalled C Carlos Prez and INF Nolan Fontana from Salt Lake. ... Texas 3B Adrian Beltre is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.