Triple-play sparks Rangers’ 8-6 victory

KOLE CALHOUN had three hits including a home run in the Angels’ 8-6 loss Thursday to the Texas Rangers (Flickr/Keith Allison).

As any long-time Angels fan knows, the Halos are often snake-bit. Things happen to them that rarely happen to other teams.

Witness the incident in the team’s 8-6 come-from-ahead loss to the Texas Rangers, which snapped a three-game winning streak and rolled the Angel record back to 62-61.

The visitors from Anaheim were leading 6-3 in the fourth with the bases loaded and no one out, when Dennis Fletcher smacked the ball to third. It looked like a line drive, but it was actually short-hopped by Jurickson Profar, who stepped on the base for one out, tagged the runner for another and threw to second for a force to get the final out.

It was the first triple play without retiring the batter since 1912.

That seemed to turn the game around. The Halos had jumped out to a five-run first inning but the Rangers kept battling back. In bottom of the eighth, with the score 6-4 Angels, the home team scored four runs to take the win. As is common these days, the Halos emptied the bullpen, using seven relief pitchers in an unsuccessful attempt to get out of the inning without too much damage.

The loss went to Justin Anderson (3-5), who also picked up a blown save.

At bat the Angels – still without Mike Trout – had 11 hits, led by Kole Calhoun, who had three hits including a home run, his 17th of the season. The Rangers had just seven hits, but that included three home runs. One run scored on a bases-loaded walk.

On Friday, the Angels will start Odrisamer Despaigne, recently acquired from the Marlins, against Drew Hutchinson for the Rangers.



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