EditorsNote: adds Ramirez’s record in seventh graf, Sampson’s record in last graf
Eight pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in the Los Angeles Angels’ 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif.
Jose Fernandez hit his first career major league homer in the second inning, providing the Angels all the offense they would need to move to within one game of the .500 mark (72-73).
Texas didn’t manage a hit until the eighth inning.
Fernandez, 30, played eight seasons in Cuba’s professional league before playing in the Dominican Republic in 2016. Last season, he played in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league system before joining the Angels this season.
Jim Johnson started the game on the mound for the Angels, just his second major league start in 668 career appearances, and the first since his rookie year in 2006. That one didn’t work out so well, as he gave up eight runs in just three innings.
On Tuesday, he got through 1 1/3 innings, walking one in the first and another with one out in the second before coming out of the game.
Noe Ramirez (5-5) came in and threw 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and allowing one walk.
The next four Angels pitchers — Hansel Robles (fourth inning), Cam Bedrosian (fifth), Justin Anderson (sixth) and Jose Alvarez (seventh) — each threw a perfect inning, taking the no-hitter into the eighth.
Blake Parker replaced Alvarez and retired the first batter before Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined a 91 mph fastball up in the strike zone into right field for the Rangers’ first hit.
One out later, Rougned Odor singled to right, sending Kiner-Falefa to third base. After Ty Buttrey replaced Parker, Odor stole second, putting the potential go-ahead run in scoring position.
Jurickson Profar then ripped a ball that appeared it would go into the left field corner, but Angels third baseman Kaleb Cowart backhanded the ball on a short hop and threw out Profar to end the inning.
Buttrey pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save.
Adrian Sampson (0-1) started on the mound for Texas, going five innings and giving up one run on just two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. The only hit he allowed other than Fernandez’s home run was a first-inning single by Mike Trout.
—Field Level Media