By Pete Zarustica
After a one-game hiatus, the long-ball game of the Los Angeles Angels returned on Tuesday night with two big homers sparking a 10-1 win over the Texas Rangers in Anaheim.
Kaleb Cowart hit a three-run blast and Albert Pujols launched his 610th career round-tripper as the Halos squared their series with the Rangers and improved their record to 65-61, worth second place in the American League West. They remain a half-game back in the AL wild card standings.
In contrast to Monday’s five-hit effort, the Angels on Tuesday had 16 hits, including five for extra bases. The team’s new-found power has been key to 10 wins in 13 games and a 14-6 record so far in August.
“We were taking good swings,” Pujols said. “It seemed like every inning we got guys on base. We’ve been getting great at-bats. We’re getting better breaks, hitting some balls hard and now they’re falling.”
Pujols’ homer placed him eighth on the all-time list, and first among foreign-born players. He ended up with four RBIs on his four-bagger and a double. Kole Calhoun was also hot, with two singles, a double and two RBIs. Mike Trout had a “modest” outing with two hits, a walk and three runs scored.
All that was in support of Ricky Nolasco, who worked 4.2 innings, giving up five hits and one run. He struck out six and walked three. The decision, however, went to middle reliever Keynan Middleton (5-1).
The Angels and Rangers will be in action again on Wednesday with Andrew Heaney (0-0) starting for the Orange County team.