After two strong starts and two wins, it looked like Ricky Nolasco had finally hit his stride. But on Friday, the Texas Rangers hit everything that the Angel pitcher threw and went on to a 10-0 win in Arlington.
Nolasco (4-10) only lasted 1.2 innings, giving up seven hits – two of them home runs – and eight runs. He walked two batters and struck out two.
“It’s easy [to forget],” Nolasco said. “It’s one of those games where it’s so ugly that it’s easy to forget about it. I just feel bad for putting our team in such a big hole so early. They’re definitely not going to climb out of that kind of hole against somebody like Cole Hamels.”
Adrian Beltre went deep for the Rangers, as did Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. The Rangers collected 12 hits and four walks off five Angels pitchers. Beltre had two hits on the night, giving him 5,000 in his career.
By contrast, the Angels only had three hits on the night as Hamels improved his record to 4-0. He struck out six batters and walked one in his 7.2 innings of work.
Albert Pujols had two of the Halo hits, a pair of singles. None of his teammates got as far as second base.
The series continues Saturday with Jesse Chavez (6-9) making the start for the Angels.