Justin Upton homers to lift Angels to victory over Rangers

first_imgUP NEXT: Angels (Garrett Richards) vs. Reds (Homer Bailey), 1 p.m. PT, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Fox Sports West, KLAA/830. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE GAME: The Angels beat the Texas Rangers, 4-3, on Sunday in Tempe, snapping a six-game losing streak. Justin Upton’s second homer of the spring, a three-run blast, put the Angels ahead in the sixth.PITCHING REPORT: Right-hander JC Ramirez became the first Angels pitcher this spring to get into the fifth inning. Ramirez got one out in the fifth, allowing just one run on a Nomar Mazara homer. He struck out six. Despite the strikeouts, Ramirez said he’s going to try to pitch to contact more this year, in order to get deeper in games. “My goal is to go at least six innings with less pitches,” Ramirez said. “You don’t get a lot of that if you strike out a lot of people.”… Right-hander Keynan Middleton finished the fifth and started the sixth. This weekend the Angels have started having their relievers work in multiple innings. Middleton was charged with a run in the sixth… Left-hander Jose Alvarez pitched two scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in six innings.HITTING REPORT: Shohei Ohtani singled against Bartolo Colon, his first hit since his first game as a hitter, on Feb. 26. He struck out and grounded out in his other two at-bats. Ohtani is now 2 for 14 this spring. Ohtani said he has been tinkering with his stance: “I am trying to still find the right timing, the right approach,” he said through his interpreter. “I am changing things up every at-bat.”… Kole Calhoun poked a single into left field when the Rangers were playing an extreme shift against him… Luis Valbuena bunted for a hit against the shift. He has attempted that at least three times this spring, reaching base twice. “He’s just trying to take what they’re going to give him,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “This is the time to get it fine tuned.”… The Angels’ first inning was produced by two Rangers errors and aggressive baserunning. Ian Kinsler, who reached on a dropped fly ball, was running from first on a pitch when Mike Trout hit a grounder to shortstop. Kinsler went to third as soon as shortstop Jurickson Profar threw the ball, and then he scored when first baseman Joey Gallo made an errant throw back to third… Trout was hit in the helmet by a pitch in the sixth inning, but he was fine, Scioscia said. He was scheduled to leave the game after that plate appearances already.DEFENSE REPORT: First baseman Albert Pujols made a nice stop of a hard ground ball. The Angels are planning for Pujols to play first base regularly this year, after two years in which injuries limited him almost exclusively to DH… Zack Cozart made a lunging grab of a ball to his right. Cozart is a natural shortstop, but he’s learning to play third now. He was at shortstop because of Andrelton Simmons’ injury… Martin Maldonado remained in the game at catcher for seven innings.last_img

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