Bully for the bullpen in 1-0 victory

MIKE SCIOSCIA used nothing but relievers as the Angels defeated the Rangers 1-0 Tuesday night in Anaheim (Flickr/Keith Allison).

Some observers have suggested that Angels manager Mike Scioscia relies too much on his bullpen. Well, on Tuesday the Halos used nothing but relievers and the outcome was a near-historic 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers in Anaheim.

It wasn’t that beating the Rangers, who sit in last place in the American League West, was so memorable. What stood out was that the Angels used eight relief pitchers in the contest and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

Both teams ended up with just two hits, but the Angels won it on rookie Jose Fernandez’ solo home run in the second inning.  The win went to Noe Ramirez (5-5), who worked 1.1 innings. He gave up no hits while striking out three and walking one.

“They all did a great job,” Scioscia said. “It’s one of those games where you go bullpen, we’re not scoring runs, and it just takes one hiccup for the game to swing in the other team’s favor.”

The win lifted the Angels back to within one game of .500 at 72-73. They can reach that plateau on Wednesday when they meet the Rangers again. Felix Pena (2-4) will start for the Halos while Yovani Gallardo (8-4) takes a turn for Texas.

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