Late Beltre homer sinks Angels 2-1

Updated: September 10, 2016

The Angels returned home to face off against the division leading, Texas Rangers for game one of a three game set. Each team looked to get back in the win column after dropping their last two games respectively. The pitching match-up featured a pair of starters who missed all of 2015 with Tommy John surgery. For the Angels, it was Tyler Skaggs and for the Rangers, they countered with Yu Darvish.

Tyler Skaggs threw the ball exceptionally well as he went six solid innings, giving up just two hits, walking four and struck out eight batters. He would be relieved by Mike Morin in the seventh, who gave up a lead-off double to Mitch Moreland.

Then two batters later, Elvis Andrus singled in Moreland to give Texas a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Andrelton Simmons would tie up the game at one as he tripled home Marte to put the Angels on the board. Darvish would be then exit the game as he was relieved by Matt Bush with two outs in the seventh.

Bush would get Jett Bandy to strikeout to end the inning. In the eighth, JC Ramirez would come in and serve up a one-out solo homer to Adrian Beltre as the Rangers regained the lead at 2-1. The Angels would attempt a rally in the ninth off Sam Dyson as they had runners on first and second with two outs.

Dyson would get Andrelton Simmons to ground out to end the game as the Rangers held on to win 2-1 and take game one.

The winning pitcher was Matt Bush, who improves to 7-2. The loss is charged to JC Ramirez, who falls to 2-4 on the season. Sam Dyson picks up his 33rd save.


The series continues on Saturday for game two of the series. The probable pitchers are Daniel Wright for the Angels, against Cole Hamels for the Rangers.

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