Albert Pujols is coming off a productive effort in which he hit an historic homer and strives to have another solid performance when the Los Angeles Angels host the Texas Rangers on Wednesday for the third contest of their four-game series. Pujols launched career homer No. 610 in Tuesday’s 10-1 win to move into eighth place on the all-time list as well as become the leader among foreign-born players.
Pujols’ blast, a three-run shot off Rangers rookie Nick Gardewine, broke a tie with Sammy Sosa and leaves him two behind Jim Thome for seventh place. His four-RBI outing helped the Angels win for the 10th time in 13 contests and remain one-half game behind Minnesota for the American League’s second wild-card spot. Tuesday’s loss was just the fourth in 13 contests for the Rangers, who slipped three games behind the Twins. Texas’ Elvis Andrus recorded two hits and is batting .354 in 82 at-bats this month to raise his overall average to .296 as he chases his second consecutive .300 season.
TV: 10:08 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Southwest (Texas), FSN West (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Andrew Cashner (7-9, 3.31 ERA) vs. Angels LH Andrew Heaney (0-0, 9.00)
Cashner did not factor in the decision in his last outing as he gave up three runs - two earned - and six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox. The 30-year-old has struggled on the road this season, going 3-6 with a 4.34 ERA in 10 turns. Cashner defeated Los Angeles in his lone career start at Angel Stadium on May 27, 2015, when he allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings while with San Diego.
Heaney is making his second start of the season after escaping with a no-decision on Friday, when he surrendered five runs and seven hits over five innings against Baltimore. The 26-year-old just made it back to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery on July 1, 2016. Heaney is 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in two career starts (both in 2015) against the Rangers.
1. Angels CF Mike Trout was 2-for-4 with three runs scored on Tuesday and is 14-for-29 in eight games against the Rangers this season.
2. Texas INF Joey Gallo (fractured nose) was placed on the 7-day concussion list and INF Phil Gosselin was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
3. Los Angeles OF Ben Revere (knee) departed Tuesday’s contest and his status for Wednesday is uncertain.
PREDICTION: Angels 5, Rangers 4