The home of the
But the Rangers seemed to put out a welcome (door) mat for the Angels at Globe Life Park on Thursday. Not only was Texas decimated by injuries and playing the worst baseball in the major leagues, but also its ace,
To the surprise of no one, the Angels, baseball's hottest team, steamrolled the Rangers, completing their first-ever four-game sweep of Texas with a 10-7 victory on a scorching 99-degree Sunday afternoon.
Mike Trout drove in four runs with a pair of doubles, and
With an explosive offense, solid starting pitching and a much-improved bullpen, the Angels have baseball's second-best record and are 1 1/2 games behind Oakland in the
"Those guys scored seven runs on us and could have scored more," said Angels Manager
They did by overcoming not only the Rangers but conditions that pitcher
The game was stopped for a few minutes in the eighth inning while Angels medical personnel tended to a photographer who passed out because of dehydration in a camera well next to the Angels dugout.
"My cleats almost melted on the mound," Skaggs said. "It was like playing in an oven or running a blow-dryer on your face. But we persevered and won the game, and that's all that matters."
The Angels' bats were as hot as the weather here. They scored 33 runs in the four games, batting .345 (51 for 148) overall and .395 (17 for 43) with runners in scoring position. Trout, Pujols and
"That's a very relentless lineup," said Texas Manager
The Angels will resume play Friday without a key reserve, outfielder
Cowgill will undergo surgery on his nose and be sidelined for four to five weeks, Scioscia said. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and the Angels called up utility man Grant Green from triple A on Sunday.
Cowgill, who is hitting .277 with five homers, 16 RBIs and 28 runs in 69 games, suffered a deep gash on the bridge of his nose and was bleeding profusely as he headed toward the dugout. He remained conscious and alert while being transported to a hospital for tests.