FINAL: Rangers 15, Angels 9
Seems the Rangers offense picked up right where it left off Wednesday night. After last nights 18 hits, they rapped out another 18 in tonight’s 15-9 win over the Angels, splitting the series after losing the first two games.
Mitch Moreland delivered a pinch hit go ahead RBI single in a four run seventh–as the Rangers’ bullpen held the Angels scoreless over 4 1/3 innings.
Ryan Dempster made his A.L. debut tonight after the Rangers traded for him Tuesday at the trade deadline. Dempster was atrocious, giving up a season-high eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, but it was Roy Oswalt and his white horse, who was sent to the bullpen earlier this week after Dempster was acquired, who picked up the win, tossing two scoreless innings.
The Rangers overcame three deficits, and despite having a 6-2 lead, trailed 8-7 in the sixth inning. Kinsler and Andrus– tied the game with back-to-back doubles.
Michael Young lead off the seventh with a single and scored on Moreland’s single. Andrus added an RBI single and Hamilton who had four RBI tonight, had a two-run double.
In his fourth start against his former team, C.J. Wilson was just as awful as Dempster. He entered tonight with an MLB best road ERA at 2.70, he gave up eight runs and walked three.
Recent pick up, catcher Geovany Soto, had two hits and two RBI, and playing in his first MLB game after being called up from Double-A Frisco, rookie Mike Olt had a single.
LH Matt Harrison [12-6, 3.19 ERA, 140 ERA+, 1.25 WHIP] versus Royals RH Jeremy Guthrie [3-11, 6.68 ERA, 45 ERA+, 1.74 WHIP]