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Angels figure out how to win again and knock down the Rangers in 11

Jose Briceno saved the day

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Angels 5 Rangers 4

Shohei Ohtani only needed one pitch to get the score going in the bottom of the 1st. Ronald Guzman tied it up with a bomb of his own in the 2nd, but the Angels answered back with solo shots from Jefry Marte and Michael Hermosillo in the 4th.

So here we were, in the 4th inning and the score was 3-1 with 4 home runs. This is what baseball has become today and it kinda makes me sad. What doesn’t make me sad is that homerun by Hermosillo which was the first of his career. Congrats dude!!!

The Rangers tied the game up again after Rougned Odor singled and Jurickson Profar - you guessed it - homered. Six runs in the game and 5 home runs. Where is that marine layer when you need it??

Fun stuff finally happened in the bottom of the 6th after Jefry Marte reached on a hit by pitch. With Arcia batting, Marte advanced to second on a balk and to 3rd when Arcia grounded out. Marte did NOT score off a home run. Instead, he scored on a ball 4 wild pitch to Michael Hermosillo. Marte’s trip around the bases was MUCH more fun than a home run - amitrite??

Lest we forget about Mike Trout, tonight he tied his own franchise record in the 7th inning with his 116th walk this year. When there is nothing else to do, I guess you break your own records because that’s how you roll - and roll he did when he walked for the franchise record 117 time in the 10th inning. Mike Trout is better than Mike Trout. Boom.

Felix Pena put up a quality start with 7 innings of 3 run ball - a much welcome reprieve from the pitching disasters of last week. Ty Buttrey came in to close the game out in the 9th and proceeded to blow his second save in a row. Bonus baseball time!

This game went into 11 innings when hero du jour, and pinch hitter, Jose Briceno went deep to center field. Briceno’s walk off pinch hit home run was his second pinch hit homer in the past two days. Talk about clutch!!