The once-hot Los Angeles Angels are cooling off in the mid-April breezes as the Halos lost their third game in four, falling 5-4 to the Texas Rangers Wednesday in Arlington.
Texas, outhit 10-6 by the Angels, grouped their hits together for four runs in the crucial fifth inning. Halo starter Matt Harvey was bounced around for five hits and four runs in 4.1 innings. He was tagged for the loss and his record is 0-2.
The Angels led early with one run each in the second and third innings but were eclipsed by the Ranger rally. Tommy LaStella got the Halos within two runs with an eighth-inning home run, and the visitors pushed across one more run in the ninth but fell short.
Andrelton Simmons had two hits and an RBI in the loss, as did Jonathan Lucroy.
Now 8-10 and in fifth place in the AL West standings, the Angels will try the hospitality in Seattle (13-8) on Thursday with Chris Stratton (0-1) making the start.
M’s tighten grip on third in EL
Jovanny Reyes pitched a one-hitter as the Pacifica High baseball team defeated Tustin 6-0 on Wednesday. He struck out seven Tiller batters.
The win enabled the M’s to improve to 3-4 in Empire League race, good for third. They’re 11-13 overall.
In softball play, Godinez defeated Garden Grove 10-0 and Orangewood Academy outslugged Crossroads Christian 23-11. Janelle Castaneda went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs for Orangewood. The Spartans are 8-5 overall and 7-2 (second place) in the Academy League).