Detmers low-hits Rangers, 2-0

REID DETMERS gave up just one hit in 7.1 innings as the Angels beat the Texas Rangers on Wednesday (The Canadian Press via AP)

Reid Detmers pitched seven scoreless innings and Shohei Ohtani hit his 42nd home run of the season on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 2-0  to end a mostly disappointing road trip.

Detmers (3-9) worked 7.1 innings yielding just one hit. He was pitching a no-hitter until Marcus Semien doubled  to left-center in the eight inning, He struck out five batters and walked four. Carlos Estevez, who pitched the ninth inning, got his 26th save. He gave up two hits but struck out two batters.

The Angels collected eight hits, but the ones that counted were Ohtani’s in the first inning and Matt Theiss’ in the ninth, his eighth home run of 2023.

With the win, the Angels are 60-62 and in fourth place in the American League West. They’re 12.5 games behind the division-leading Rangers and seven games out in the AL Wild Card race. While on the road, the Angels won just five of 16 games.

The Halos will have Thursday off as a travel day, and come home to Anaheim to start a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, who are in second place in the American League East.

Dodgers’ streak reaches 10

With a 7-1 victory Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to 10 games.

Clayton Kershaw (11-4) pitched five strong innings, giving up just three hits and one earned run. He struck out two and walked two.

The offense was powered in part by home runs by Miguel Rojas and Chris Taylor. Will Smith and Mookie Betts each got three hits; Smith also drove in two runs.

The Dodgers are now 73-46. They lead the National League West by 10 games. They’ll face the Brewers against on Thursday, with Lance Lynn (9-9) getting the start.

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