The Los Angeles Angels suffered a setback in the series opener but look to remain one of the hotter teams in the majors when they host the Texas Rangers on Tuesday for the second contest of their four-game set. Texas recorded a 5-3 victory on Monday, handing the Angels only their third loss in 12 games.
The defeat dropped Los Angeles one-half game behind Minnesota for the American League’s second wild-card berth while the Rangers are just two games off the pace. Texas slugger Joey Gallo (fractured nose) isn’t with the team after being injured on Sunday and won’t play again until he clears the concussion protocol. Veteran Adrian Beltre belted a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs on Monday for the Rangers, who also are on a roll as they’ve won nine of their last 12 games to reach the .500 mark. Angels star Mike Trout is just 6-for-28 with 12 strikeouts over his last seven contests but has gone deep three times during that stretch.
TV: 10:08 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Southwest (Texas), FSN West (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Tyson Ross (3-2, 7.02 ERA) vs. Angels RH Ricky Nolasco (6-12, 5.16)
Ross escaped with a no-decision against the Chicago White Sox in his last turn after giving up five runs - three earned - and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old is having control issues with 15 walks in 13 2/3 frames over his last three outings and 31 on the season in just 42 1/3 innings. Ross defeated the Angels on July 8, when he gave up one run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings to improve to 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 10 career appearances (six starts) against the club.
Nolasco has won his last two decisions, including a victory over Washington in his last outing. The 34-year-old gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals, marking the fifth time in his last 10 outings he’s allowed fewer than three runs. Nolasco was shellacked in both of his previous starts against the Rangers this season, getting tagged for 13 runs over 6 2/3 innings in the two defeats, and is 1-3 with an 8.68 ERA in four career turns.
1. Angels LF Cameron Maybin (knee) was hitless in four at-bats on Monday in his first start since Aug. 15.
2. Texas placed RHP Matt Bush (knee) on the 10-day disabled list, optioned INF Phil Gosselin to Triple-A Round Rock, recalled 1B-OF Ryan Rua from the Express and purchased the contract of RHP Nick Gardewine from Double-A Frisco.
3. Los Angeles placed RHPs JC Ramirez (elbow) and Andrew Bailey (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list, recalled LHP Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Salt Lake and activated LHP Tyler Skaggs from the bereavement list.
PREDICTION: Angels 8, Rangers 7