Danny comes through, Ricky doesn’t

MIKE SCIOSCIA must be wondering where to find a good starting pitcher for the Angels (Flickr/Keith Allison).

What goes up must definitely come down. After a four-game win streak punctuated by two stirring come-from-behind wins, the Los Angeles Angels suffered two dispiriting never-were-very-close losses.

Thursday’s 8-3 setback in Anaheim to the Texas Rangers dropped the Halos into a tie for first place in the American League West at 6-4, along with the Houston Astros.

As with both victories and defeats so far in 2017, the Angels didn’t get great starting pitching. Ricky Nolasco (0-2) gave up five runs in five innings and overall, Halo starters are 1-4 through the first 10 games of the season.

Danny Espinosa continued to be a one-man highlight reel for the Angels in recent games, with a single and a three-run home run. He also drew a walk. His round-tripper came in the bottom of the ninth with the home team already trailing 8-0.

The Angels will start a road trip on Friday, beginning a three-game series in Kansas City (2-6). J.C. Ramirez will get the start. On Monday the Halos are off to Houston (6-4)


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