The Angels brought in C.J. Wilson to pitch big in big games. Last night he did not. Wilson gave up eight earned runs over 5.1 innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Angels 15-9 and split the series with the Angels. This was not what the Angels had in mind after winning the first two games of the series.
The Angels got two runs to start the game on a sac fly by Albert Pujols. Mark Trumbo followed with a solo shot, his 28th homer of the year. The Rangers got one of the runs back when Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff home run, his 13th of the year. The Rangers got five the following inning when Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young drove in runs with singles. The Angels got a run back when Pujols doubled home a run. The Angels tied the game with a four run fourth. Kendrys Morales hit a solo shot to lead off the inning. After a walk, a single and a sac bunt, Bobby Wilson drove a run in with a groundout. Mike Trout walked and stole second. Torii Hunter brought everyone in with a two run single. The Rangers came right back in the fourth, when Nelson Cruz hit his 17th homer of the year. The Angels came right back in the fifth when Morales hit a double to drive in Pujols. In the sixth, Elvis Andrus drove a run in with a double. The Rangers poured it on in the seventh, when Moreland, Andrus and Hamilton all drove in runs. Geovany Soto drove in his first two Rangers runs and David Murphy added an additional run. Alberto Callaspo gave the Angels a run with his eighth homer of the year in the ninth to conclude the runs.
The Angels head to Chicago for a weekend series with the White Sox. Zack Greinke will take on Philip Humber at 5:05PT/8:05ET. Greinke hasn’t been good on the road in his career. We’ll see if this carries over with the Angels.