Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Angels trailed the Rangers 6-0. They made an attempt of a comeback, but fell just short as they dropped the series-opener, 6-4.
Texas got a run in the third inning, but all their offense after that came entirely in the sixth inning. Four straight reached base, and then a sacrifice fly, error and single made it a five-run inning with only one out recorded. Texas had half of their hits in the game in that inning alone.
As I mentioned though, the Angels made an attempt at a comeback. With one out in the bottom half of the seventh, Justin Upton hit his third home run of the season. The Angels then rattled off four consecutive hits, making the game 6-3. Then, a wild pitch brought in the Angels’ fourth run. With the game-tying run at the plate, the Angels recorded back-to-back outs, ending the rally and any chance of tying the game.
They had a chance in the bottom of the ninth, as back-to-back singles put the tying run on base and brought the game-winning run to the plate. Luis Rengifo couldn’t provide the fireworks, as he grounded out to end the game.
Dylan Bundy got the start for the Angels, and was doing fine prior to the sixth inning. As I mentioned earlier, it was the sixth inning in which the Rangers really jumped out and put the game nearly out of reach. Bundy ended up allowing five earned runs on seven hits. Prior to that awful inning, he had allowed only one run on four hits with six strikeouts. Sadly, sometimes all it takes is a couple of at-bats to really ruin an outing.
WP: Kohei Arihara (2-1) 5 2⁄3 IP, 0 ER, 6 SO
LP: Dylan Bundy (0-2) 5 IP, 5 ER, 6 SO
SV: Ian Kennedy (4) 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H
HR: Justin Upton (3) Adolis Garcia (2)