Pujols, Cron help Angels beat Rangers
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Cron and Albert Pujols each knocked in two runs during the Los Angeles Angels' 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 for the Angels, who have won three in a row. C.J. Wilson allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four and walking three over 5 2/3 innings. Vinny Pestano (1-0) got the win after recording the final out in the sixth.
Colby Lewis (1-2) gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks over five-plus innings for the Rangers, who have lost three straight.
"Colby gave us enough. He put zeros on the board," said Rangers manager Jeff Banister.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Adrian Beltre singled, moved to second on Elvis Andrus' single, advanced to third when Shin-Soo Choo flied out and raced home on a wild pitch. Adam Rosales struck out looking to end the inning.
The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Rosales popped out before Pestano took over for Wilson. Robinson Chirinos then grounded out to keep it a one-run game.
The Angels scored three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Grant Green and Calhoun singled and Mike Trout walked to load the bases with no outs. Roman Mendez replaced Lewis and immediately gave up an RBI single to Pujols. On the play, Calhoun was thrown out at the plate.
Erick Aybar worked a two-out walk to load the bases for Cron, who hit a two- run single to center. On the play, Aybar was thrown out at home to end the inning.
"It was nice to get a hit like that to give the team the lead," said Cron. "I feel comfortable in those situations."
Los Angeles tacked on another run in the seventh. Tanner Scheppers walked Pujols with the bases loaded to force in a run.
Huston Street tossed a scoreless ninth for his seventh save of the season.
Lewis fell to 5-9 lifetime against the Angels ... Andrus had two hits for the Rangers, who went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 ... Each team had eight hits.