Wednesday, April 20, 2011
LA Angels 15, Texas Rangers 4
Rangers go back to their old school pitching in lopsided loss.
ARLINGTON The Texas Rangers finally lost a game at home Tuesday night, getting blown out 15-4 by the LA Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The loss dropped Texas to 11-6 on the season, and ensured that the Angels pulled back to a tie with Texas for first place in the AL West.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis was awful, giving up four runs on five hits over five shaky innings. Lewis, who walked three and struck out three, fell to 1-2 on the season with a 5.82 ERA.
But Lewis was by far the best Texas pitcher on the mound Tuesday night, as a trio of rarely-used relievers combined to allow 11 runs over the next four innings, turning a close game into an embarrassing home rout.
Making it worse was the fact that the Rangers offense could get nothing going until well after the final outcome had been decided, putting up a measly one run and three total hits over the first six innings. Texas would add a garbage run in the bottom of the seventh to turn a 13-1 game into a 13-2 game, and added a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth.