Jered Weaver struck out five as Angels beat Texas Rangers, 5-3

Angels 5, Texas Rangers 3

AT THE PLATE: Catcher Chris Iannetta highlighted a four-run fourth inning with his first home run of the spring, a towering two-run shot to left field off Rangers starter Lisalverto Bonilla. He also singled in the second. Utility infield candidate Taylor Featherston capped the rally with a run-scoring single and is batting .368 (seven for 19) with a team-leading six RBIs.

ON THE MOUND: Jered Weaver made a mechanical adjustment in his previous start and carried it over to Monday, when he allowed one hit — a second-inning homer to Robinson Chirinos — in five efficient innings, striking out five and walking none. His pitch count (61) was so low he threw in the bullpen after leaving the game. "That was mid-season form for Weav," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was right on the money." Setup man Joe Smith, slowed by leg tightness, looked sharp in his first spring outing, giving up a hit and striking out one in a scoreless sixth. "I kept the ball down and threw strikes," Smith said. "That's step one."

EXTRA BASES: First baseman Efren Navarro and center fielder Daniel Robertson made superb plays, Navarro back-handing Joey Gallo's one-hop smash and racing to the bag in the third and Robertson making a long run to catch Tomas Telis' drive to the warning track to end the game. … Left-hander Hector Santiago, who left Sunday's game in the third inning after being struck in the left forearm by a line drive, resumed his throwing program Monday and will make his next start Friday. … The Angels reassigned pitchers Frank Herrmann, Jeremy McBryde and Danny Reynolds to minor league camp…. The Angels will play an exhibition at their triple-A Salt Lake affiliate on March 22, 2016.

UP NEXT: Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.

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