Beltre homers, Hamels pitches Rangers to 5-3 win over Angels

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 22, 2017

Texas walked six, but the Angels managed only five hits, two by Martin Maldonado.

The Angels threatened in the eighth inning with Hamels out of the game, loading the bases on three walks by Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc.

The clearly inspired Rangers went on to beat the Angels 5-3, while we're left wondering if Banister is related to a certain "Home Alone" character.

The Angels' Tyler Skaggs (1-4) made his first appearance since being reinstated from the bereavement list because of the death of a grandfather and gave up all five runs.

"Just a poor performance today", Skaggs said. He ran into trouble in the third inning by giving up two hits, including a run-scoring double off the wall by Shin-Soo Choo that just missed Cameron Maybin's glove, and a hit batsman.

After Elvis Andrus was hit by a pitch, Beltre hit his 14th home run this season and 459th of his career, tying Miguel Cabrera for 37th all-time. It turned a 2-1 edge into a 5-1 cushion, a lead big enough for Hamels to work with and spoiling the night for Skaggs.

Better put, Beltre loves playing against the Angels. Trout singled to drive in one run, but Claudio got Albert Pujols on a grounder to first, earning his seventh save. However, with two outs and the bases loaded, lefty Alex Claudio entered the game and got Jefry Marte on a grounder to shortstop to end the inning.

Angels: Placed right-hander JC Ramirez on the 10-day DL with an elbow strain. The results of an MRI exam were not announced.

Scioscia said the team has monitored Ramirez closely in that transition and didn't see red flags that would lead to an injury.

"We're chasing these guys", Beltre said. Sidelined since going on the DL with a shoulder strain April 10, RHP Andrew Bailey returned to pitch in one game.

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