American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Texas|
(Friday, July 11)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 3, Texas 0
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett Richards pitched seven scoreless
innings to help the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-0 win over the Texas Rangers in
the second contest of a four-game series.
Richards (11-2) scattered five hits -- all singles -- and two walks, and
struck out eight in the Angels' first shutout at Texas since Sept. 18, 2009.
The right-hander has won his last five starts and owns a 1.77 ERA with 40
strikeouts over that span.
"Garrett has perspective and he has focus," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"He's an All-Star in our minds and we hope he can pick it right back up after
Richards was nominated for the Final Vote in the American League that was
ultimately won by Chicago's Chris Sale.
"He pitched a very, very good game for us out there tonight," Scioscia added.
Mike Trout homered, while Erick Aybar and David Freese each knocked in a run
for the Angels, who have won eight of nine.
Nick Tepesch (3-5) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on six
hits over six-plus innings on the hill.
Texas has dropped 20 of its last 23 games.
"We just couldn't do it tonight," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "We had
six chances to put a run on the board and we just couldn't do it. They shut us
Tepesch retired the first 10 batters he faced before Trout deposited his 22nd
homer of the season over the wall in left-center to open the scoring in the
Richards and Tepesch continued to duel until the seventh, when Los Angeles
gave its young hurler some breathing room. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton
opened the inning with singles which preceded Aybar's run-scoring knock to
give LA a 2-0 lead.
Neftali Feliz would come on in relief of Tepesch and get Howie Kendrick to
line out to right for the first out of the inning. Feliz couldn't keep it a
two-run game, though, as Freese stepped in and ripped an RBI single back up
the box for a 3-0 advantage.
C.J. Cron grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Kevin Jepsen pitched the eighth and Joe Smith hurled a 1-2-3 ninth for his
13th save of the season.
Jake Smolinski left game after being hit by a pitch in the second inning ...
Texas' record of 38-55 is the worst mark at this point of the season since
2003 ... Alex Rios went 2-for-4 in defeat. He also stole his 15th base of the
season ... Trout has 69 RBI this season ... LA catcher Hank Conger committed
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