September 13, 2018 / 5:22 AM / 2 months ago

Arcia belts two homers as Angels rout Rangers

EditorsNote: Changes to one walk in 8th graf

Francisco Arcia homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs, and Felix Pena threw six scoreless innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Arcia, a backup catcher hitting ninth in the lineup, drove in two runs with a second-inning double and hit solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings, his fourth and fifth long balls of the season.

Jose Fernandez also homered for Los Angeles, which also got three hits from Andrelton Simmons and two from Shohei Ohtani.

The Angels took an early lead in the second inning on Arcia’s two-out, two-run double against Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo.

Los Angeles increased its lead to 6-0 in the third, hitting for the cycle in four consecutive at-bats after Gallardo retired the first two batters of the inning.

Ohtani doubled and Justin Upton followed with an RBI triple. After Simmons singled to drive in Upton, Fernandez hit a two-run home run. Gallardo (8-5) got the final out of the inning, but he was finished after three, having given up six runs on six hits and one walk. He fanned four.

It remained 6-0 until the sixth inning when Arcia hit a solo homer.

Meanwhile, Pena (3-4) sailed through his six innings, allowing six hits — all singles — with one walk and three strikeouts, making just 77 pitches. Pena now has three consecutive starts in which he has given up two runs or fewer and lasted at least six innings.

The closest the Rangers came to scoring against Pena came in the third inning when they had runners on first and second with two outs. Elvis Andrus singled, but center fielder Mike Trout threw out Robinson Chirinos trying to score from second to end the inning.

The Rangers finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning when Joey Gallo hit a solo homer, his 36th of the season, off Angels lefty Williams Jerez. Texas had gone 15 consecutive innings without scoring in the series before Gallo connected.

Chirinos led the Rangers’ offense with three hits.

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