Gomez hits for cycle as Rangers topple Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle for the second time in his career as the Texas Rangers recorded a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Gomez went 4-for-4 and completed the cycle with his two-run homer in the seventh inning off Jose Valdez that put the Rangers up 6-2. Gomez doubled in the first, singled in the third and had an RBI triple as part of a four-run fifth inning for Texas that saw the club erase a 2-0 deficit.
Gomez, who scored twice and had three RBIs, had his first cycle in 2008 with Minnesota.
The cycle for Gomez helped make a winner of Yu Darvish (3-2), who struck 10 and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings.
The Rangers got Darvish the run support he'd need in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored four times off Jesse Chavez (2-4).
An RBI single from Nomar Mazara got the offense going, with Gomez tripling home Mazara to tie the game at 2. Rougned Odor then followed with his fourth homer of the season, and his first since April 7.
Darvish had to work around three walks in the sixth inning, but got Ben Revere to pop up with the bases loaded. Darvish threw 125 pitches, his most since May 9, 2014, when he threw 126.
The Angels got to Darvish for the game's first two runs in the fourth inning. Kole Calhoun led off the inning with a single and scored after Mike Trout ripped an RBI double to left. After moving to third on an error, Trout scored on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols.
Chavez was charged with four earned runs on eight hits in six innings.
Texas had 10 hits and Los Angeles had six, with Trout's double extending his hitting streak to 13 games as part of his 2-for-3 night.
NOTES: The Angels put LHP Tyler Skaggs on the disabled list with a strained right oblique and 1B C.J. Cron on the DL with a left foot contusion. Both were hurt in Friday's game. The Rangers called up RHPs Daniel Wright and Jose Alvarez to fill the roster spots. ... The RBI for Los Angeles DH Albert Pujols in the fourth inning moved him into a tie for 14th place on the all-time RBI list with Ted Williams at 1,839. ... Carlos Gomez's cycle was just the 10th in Rangers' history.