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Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas Attendance: 15,110
Rangers look to continue power surge vs. Angels
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
- The Angels have three wins and one loss against the Rangers this season, scoring more than five runs in each of the wins. The Angels are tied with the Dodgers for the most games scoring more than five runs (15) this season and have lost just one of those games.
- The Angels are off to a 24-13 (.649) start through 37 games, their best start since becoming the Los Angeles Angels in 2005. Through 37 games, the Angels all-time have only had a better record two times: in both 2004 and 1970 they were 25-12 (.676).
- Noah Syndergaard has allowed eight runs in 29.1 innings pitched for an ERA of 2.45. Through his first five starts of any season, this is the lowest ERA of his career.
- The Rangers have just 234 hits so far this season, second lowest in MLB, above only the Diamondbacks with 228. Texas had fewer hits through 33 games in 2020 (228), but prior to that they had not had fewer hits since 1972 (208).
- Jon Gray is limiting left-handed batters to an average of .143 this season despite allowing an average of .255 to lefties in his career. Gray has never held lefties below .200 for an entire season.
- Taylor Ward of the Angels is hitting .476 and slugging 1.095 with runners in scoring position this season and leads the league with 7 game-winning RBI.
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The Texas Rangers finally found some offense and will look to build on that momentum when they face the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Monday night in the first game of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 2.45 ERA) will take the mound for the Angels, and Texas will counter with right-hander Jon Gray (0-1, 5.51).
The Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-1 win at home over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Texas' Adolis Garcia ripped two home runs and drove in five runs, and Kole Calhoun added a pair of solo shots.
Texas had just six hits in Sunday's win but did damage with the long ball. The Rangers scored just four runs in the first two games of the series vs. Boston and now are 9-2 this year when scoring five runs or more.
Marcus Semien, one of the Rangers' big offseason acquisitions, snapped an 0-for-27 streak with a double in the sixth inning in Sunday's victory.
"It's nice to get a couple guys going," Texas manager Chris Woodward said after the win. "Obviously we'd like to carry that into the couple of tough series we have coming up, which, you know, I can't wait for. It will be a good test for our guys."
Gray left his most recent start on Monday against the Yankees when he tweaked his left knee in the fifth inning. He had been on the injured list earlier in the season with a knee strain and will wear a brace on Monday.
Other than that, Woodward said Gray will have no restrictions against the Angels.
The Angels travel to Texas on the heels of a 4-1 victory in Oakland on Sunday. Los Angeles captured three of the four games against the Athletics over the weekend and has won four straight series.
Shohei Ohtani ripped a two-run home run in the first inning to stake the Angels to the early lead. Anthony Rendon drove home Taylor Ward with a key insurance run in the eighth, and Andrew Velazquez knocked in another in the ninth to back the pitching of starter Patrick Sandoval.
Sandoval allowed a run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his second victory this season. Jimmy Herget pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to garner his first save of the year.
Syndergaard already has a win over the Rangers in Arlington this season, going six innings in a 7-2 Los Angeles victory on April 16. Syndergaard grew up in Mansfield, Texas, about a 20-minute drive from Globe Life Field, and it was the first time he had pitched in his "hometown."
"I think there's a little bit of added pressure to that you want to go out there and perform well in front of your family and friends, but you still gotta treat it like a normal game," Syndergaard said. "I was very pleased with the results."
In that April 16 game, his only lifetime appearance vs. the Rangers, Syndergaard gave up two runs and five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.
Gray is 1-0 in his career against the Angels, with a 3.29 ERA in 13 2/3 innings covering two starts.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 16, 2022