Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Collin Cowgill and David Freese each hit
two-run homers in the fifth inning for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-3 win
over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
Matt Joyce and Kole Calhoun also knocked in a run for the Angels, who snapped
a three-game losing streak with a win to open this three-game set in
Los Angeles has won 10 of its last 11 as the visitor against the Rangers.
Matt Shoemaker (2-0) had a rough start but responded to throw 6 1/3 innings
and allow three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
“That’s a great outing and great adjustments by (Shoemaker),” said Angels
manager Mike Scioscia. “Then starting by the middle of the second inning you
saw his command.”
Ross Detwiler (0-2), making his second start with the Rangers, allowed five
runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Detwiler was tagged for eight runs —
five earned — in his Texas debut on Wednesday against Oakland.
Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland and Elvis Andrus each had an RBI in the
Texas jumped all over Shoemaker in the home first, with Fielder slapping a
single into center that scored Leonys Martin for a 1-0 lead. Moreland followed
with an RBI double and Andrus knocked in Fielder with a sacrifice fly to make
Shoemaker settled down after the first and got the next nine batters to go
down before Carlos Peguero doubled with two outs in the fourth. Robinson
Chirinos flied out to end the frame. Los Angeles got on the board in the top
half of the fourth on a double off the bat of Joyce.
Cowgill hit a two-run homer that plated Chris Iannetta in the fifth and tied
the game at 3-3. Mike Trout followed Cowgill with a walk and Freese chased him
home with his third homer of the season.
Shoemaker was pulled after striking out Chirinos in the seventh, then Cesar
Ramos and Joe Smith bridged the game to the ninth where Huston Street picked
up his third save of the season.
Calhoun drove Trout home with a single in the away ninth to account for the
Texas went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position … Trout stole his first
base of the season … Angels right-hander Drew Rucinski will make his first
MLB start against Nick Martinez in the second game of the series on Tuesday.