Angels Steamroll Rangers to Win Sixth Straight

By Jose Serrano

Sep 9, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) reacts after scoring during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A seven-run eighth inning set the table for the Los Angeles Angels’ Major League-leading 89th win of the season in a 9-3 victory over Texas Tuesday night.

The Halos score six or more runs in an inning for the third straight day and tie a season-high six game winning streak.

Hector Santiago bounced back from a four-run outing last Thursday to limit the Rangers to one through five innings in throwing just 79 pitches. Kole Calhoun’s leadoff home run spotted the left-hander an early 1-0 lead. Calhoun set a franchise record for consecutive victories (21) with a run scored, surpassing former Halo first baseman Wally Joyner.

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  • Santiago (5-7) responded by scattering five hits and two strikeouts en route to his fourth straight decision without a loss, dating back to July 10. His only major mistake was leaving a curveball in Adrian Beltre’s wheelhouse which was promptly launched into the center field lawn.

    Texas scraped two runs together in the eighth, but not before the Halos’ dismantled Colby Lewis and the Rangers’ bullpen.

    A 2-1 lead entering the eighth, Lewis (9-13) gave up a leadoff single to Collin Cowgill before giving way to reliever Michael Kirkman. Eight of the next nine batter reached base as Mike Trout tripled Cowgill home, Albert Pujols reached on a fielder’s choice, Howie Kendrick singled, and David Freese drew a walk to load the bases.

    Erick Aybar notched his 28th double of the season on a two-RBI ground rule hit that bounced off the right field foul line and into Globe Life Park seats. After Gordon Beckham’s bases loaded walk gave the Halos a 6-1 lead, Cowgill cleared the bases with his first triple of the season.

    “It’s good to see these guys come alive. It’s taken a lot of pressure off our bullpen and our starters.” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said in an interview that aired on Fox Sports West. “These runs have definitely helped our bullpen rest a little bit and that’s gonna be big for us.” The Angels have scored 55 runs over their last six games.

    Josh Hamilton sat out with a stiff shoulder for the fifth straight game and his status for tomorrow’s game is uncertain.

    The Angels have won 12 of their last 14 and move to a season-best 34 games above .500.