Trout Leads Angels’ Comeback Over Rangers
Jerome Williams (5-3) allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings and struck out four against the AL West leaders.
The Angels won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Colby Lewis (4-4) was charged with four runs — two earned — and four hits in 6 2-3 innings.
An seventh-inning error by Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler helped the Angels score two unearned runs. Lewis gave up a two-out single to Howie Kendrick and hit Erick Aybar with an 0-2 pitch before Alexi Ogando came in and got pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis to hit a grounder that Kinsler misplayed. Trout then singled to center.
Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth and Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his third save in as many chances. The right-hander has not allowed a hit in 13 innings since joining the Angels in a trade with San Diego on May 3, and has fanned 27 of the 50 batters he’s faced.
Lewis had allowed just one hit and took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before the Angels tied it. Ninth-place hitter John Hester led off with a ground-rule double, Trout followed with his triple off the right-field wall and Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly.
The Rangers, beginning a 10-game California trip, threatened to regain the lead in the seventh after third baseman Alberto Callaspo misplayed Nelson Cruz’s leadoff grounder for his second error of the season and Kinsler hit a ground-rule double with two out. But Williams escaped the jam with the help of Trout, who raced toward the warning track in center field and reached over his head to grab Elvis Andrus’ bid for extra bases.
The Rangers scored their runs on RBI singles by Adrian Beltre and former Angel Mike Napoli in the first and fourth innings.
Lewis retired his first 10 batters before giving up a single to Callaspo and a walk to Pujols. But the right-hander came back to strike out Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo, whose four-game home run streak ended one shy of the franchise record set by Bobby Bonds in 1977.
NOTES: Rangers president Nolan Ryan, who pitched four of his record seven no-hitters with the Angels, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Friday was the 37th anniversary of his fourth no-hitter for the Halos, a 1-0 win against Baltimore at the “Big A.” … Ryan was part of the most one-sided trade in Angels history on December 10, 1971, when he was acquired from the New York Mets with three minor leaguers for Jim Fregosi. “I see him periodically because he’s scouting, but he managed me in ’79 here, so we’ve kind of gone past that,” Ryan said. “We’ve both been in the game so long, and we know that’s just part of it. I’ve never really talked to him about it. The Mets got him with a need and a purpose of putting him at third base, thinking they might fill a hole that they had, and the Angels at that time were looking for bodies and some people with some upside.” … OF Kole Calhoun beat Rangers LHP Robbie Ross in the Angels’ annual cow-milking contest, a staple of baseball that goes all the way back to Ryan’s early years with the Mets in the late 1960s. “I beat Willie Stargell once — just blew him away,” Ryan said with a grin. “It was embarrassing how little he had in his pail. I think his stroke was too long. I don’t think I won anything except bragging rights, and I’m still bragging about that. But I can tell you this: After the Willie Stargell deal, I really didn’t participate in it after that because it made my forearm sore for about a week.”