Angels overcome another late deficit, edge Rangers
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It wasn't quite as impressive as the Los Angeles Angels' seven-run, ninth-inning rally on Sunday, but the end result was the same.
The Angels scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, then won it in the 10th on a squeeze bunt by Carlos Perez to come away with a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
The Angels were down 9-3 heading into the ninth inning Sunday before they rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 10-9, so a 5-2 deficit heading to the ninth on Tuesday wasn't nearly as daunting.
And it didn't hurt Los Angeles' chances that Rangers reliever Sam Dyson entered the game with a 36.00 ERA through his first three appearances.
After a solo homer by Danny Espinosa against Dyson and two outs sandwiched around a double by Yunel Escobar, the Angels trailed 5-3 and were down to their final out.
However, Mike Trout battled back from an 0-2 count and stroked an RBI double to right field to score Escobar and make it 5-4.
Then Albert Pujols, who had two hits in Sunday's ninth-inning rally, came through again with a single that scored Trout to tie the game at 5-5.
But unlike Sunday, the Angels were not able to win it in the ninth.
Ex-Angel Mike Napoli appeared to have broken the tie leading off the 10th with a long drive to center field, but Trout reached above the fence to make the catch.
In the bottom of the 10th, Cameron Maybin led off with a walk against Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress (0-1). One out later, Espinosa singled to right, sending Maybin to third.
On the first pitch to Perez, Maybin broke for home and scored after Perez laid down a perfect bunt up the first base line.
Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels cooled the hot Angels' bats early, shutting them out through the first six innings before giving up a solo homer to Jefry Marte in the seventh.
Hamels gave up one run and four hits through seven innings, and he handed a 5-1 lead to the bullpen in the eighth, in line for his first win of the season before the bullpen gave it up.
Angels starter Tyler Skaggs struggled throughout his five-plus innings, and he finished the night giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks. The inning that hurt him the most was the third, when he gave up a solo homer to Elvis Andrus and a three-run homer to Jonathan Lucroy.
The Angels have won four in a row, and at 6-2, they have their best start through eight games in club history, matched only by the 1970 team.
The Rangers pushed across a run in the first inning after Andrus doubled with one out and scored on Napoli's two-out single.
The Rangers opened up a 5-0 lead against Skaggs in the third inning when they scored four times. Andrus led off the inning with a homer, his second of the year. Nomar Mazara singled and one out later Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch.
Lucroy followed with his first homer of the season, a three-run blast that made it 5-0 and gave Hamels some room to work.
The Angels threatened against Hamels in the first inning, putting runners on first and second with one out. But with Pujols at the plate, Escobar was thrown out trying to steal third, as Trout took second.
Pujols walked but Andrelton Simmons flied out to right.
NOTES: Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre sustained a setback in his attempted return from a strained right calf muscle. Beltre began the season on the disabled list but was eligible to be activated on Sunday. He tested his calf by running the bases on Saturday but felt discomfort in a different part of his calf. He had an MRI exam on Monday that confirmed the strain. There is no timetable for his return. ... Angels SS Andrelton Simmons went 0-for-4 with a walk Tuesday, ending his hitting streak to start the season at seven games. He hit .400 (10-for-25) during the streak.