ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Nathaniel Lowe is starting to feel better on the plate again for the Texas Rangers, and a big change has given them a series of sweeps.
Lowe hit a two-run homer on the first pitch at the bottom of the tenth inning and the Rangers, after throwing the lead in the ninth and falling behind in the top of the tenth, beat Los Angeles on Wednesday night 6-5. .
“Right man, right place,” said Rangers manager Chris Woodward. “We lifted the weight yesterday. We feel confident to arrive today and win the game.”
It was the second game in a row for Lowe who had the go-ahead or won a late run, after a streak of 19 straight games without a run in a career for the team’s player of the month in April when he hit .313. He didn’t have a power-driven run in May until his green light batting in an eighth inning of seven races on Tuesday night, though he’s still mired in a 6-of-64 drop.
The Angels equalized to 4 in the second home run of Jared Walsh’s game, a two-run shot in the ninth. They went ahead in the top of the tenth with a ball chosen by Mike Trout, who hit a home run before the game.
That was after Texas, who equaled their season record with their fourth straight win, got solo homers from Brad Miller in the seventh and former Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun in the eighth inning. Lowe’s second homer of the season, thrown right into the right post, gave the Angels their first streak of three straight losses this year.
“That’s huge for morale and confidence. And that’s all you want in baseball, it’s going out and playing with confidence,” Rangers receiver Jonah Heim said. “And if we know we can sweep the team that comes first, we can do a lot more damage in the division.”
Heim had three hits and had two runs against Angels starter Shohei Ohtani, but the Rangers batting receiver struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth against the close Raisel Iglesias (1-2), who later gave way. in the home run to Lowe No. 10.
“They also played. They beat us fair and square. So it gives them credit that they’ve been going up a bit,” Angels director Joe Maddon said. “So it’s just one more example of why our division is so difficult.”
Heim was also unable to handle the low and wide throw of third baseman Andy Ibáñez after Trout rolled in the tenth with Andrew Velázquez loading the house from third. Velázquez started the second inning and was third with a single from Taylor Ward, now the league’s top hitter with a .375 batting average.
Dennis Santana (2-1), who allowed the run without a win in the tenth, was the four-time Texas reliever after Dane Dunning limited the Angels to those two solo homers and strikeouts at six in six innings.
Texas had loaded the bases against Jose Suarez in the ninth in singles in a row from an out by Marcus Semien and Corey Seager before a two-out walk to Calhoun. When Maddon climbed the mound to make a pitching change, he was sent off after words with referee CB Bucknor.
Heim hit a grand slam against Ohtani the last time the two-way star pitched in Texas on April 14 and gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings. This time, Heim had a single driven in the fourth, and his double driven in the sixth tied at 2.
Ohtani struck out seven and gave up two passes while allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander also threw two wild throws, but has yet to lose in his five outings.
When Ohtani lost in Texas one week into the season, he was 0-2 in his first two outings after going 9-2 in 23 outings last season. It has a 3-0 record with an effectiveness of 1.50 since then, even with no consecutive decisions.
Trout topped the quarter with his 11th homer, an in-line pass to the left field seats that was almost identical to his previous night’s homer, for a 2-0 lead. He leads AL with 32 runs scored this season and 999 in his career. … Calhoun has four homers in four games and five overall.
Angels: Maddon said INF left hand Matt Duffy was injured after being knocked down while playing first base in a collision with Rangers goalkeeper Adolis Garcia in Tuesday’s game. Duffy also had a cut under his eye when he was hit by the ball thrown in the play. “It looks worse than it really is,” Maddon said. Duffy came on Wednesday as a hitter and left.
Angels: There’s a break Thursday before opening a nine-game homestand. Oakland visit this weekend, after which the Angels have another day off on Monday before hosting the Rangers next week.
Rangers: After going 6-3 at home, Texas opens a four-game series Thursday night in Houston. That will end a 16-game stretch in 15 days since the consecutive rush in New York against the Yankees.
Lowe HR, in tenth place, gives the Rangers a 6-5 win and a sweep of Los Angeles
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