Angels 10, Texas 2
AT THE PLATE: For an offense struggling to string hits together and score runs, there aren't many better cures for the common cold spell than Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers. The Angels entered Monday ranked last in the American League in batting (.195), 14th in on-base percentage (.245) and 13th in slugging (.332). They scored 16 runs in their first six games and hit .174 (four for 23) with runners in scoring position. But in winning two of three games here, the Angels scored 18 runs and hit .293 (32 for 109) with two home runs and seven doubles. They were six for 17 with runners in scoring position Wednesday. Mike Trout reached base four times in a game — three singles and a walk — for the 42nd time.
ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Adam Wilk, called up from triple-A Salt Lake before the game, made his Angels debut, escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning but giving up Adam Rosales' solo home run in the ninth. Wilk, who will pitch in long relief, replaced right-hander Drew Rucinski, who was sent to triple A after Tuesday night's game. A former Cypress High and Long Beach State standout, Wilk, 27, pitched in eight games for Detroit in 2011 and 2012, spent 2013 in South Korea and 2014 at triple-A Indianapolis.
REHAB REPORT: Garrett Richards, who threw 91 pitches in five innings of a triple-A game Tuesday, will meet the team in Houston, but Manager Mike Scioscia was not ready to commit to the right-hander pitching Sunday. Richards, in the final stage of his recovery from left-knee surgery, gave up four earned runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked four. He fielded a bunt and covered first base on a grounder, the same play in which he ruptured his patellar tendon in August. "His stuff looked good," Scioscia said. "I think his command maybe wasn't as crisp at some points, but he moved well. We'll evaluate him when he gets here and see what the next step will be."
EXTRA BASES: Kole Calhoun has been limited by right-calf tightness to one pinch-hit appearance in the last four games, but the right fielder hopes to return to the lineup Friday or Saturday. … The Angels have won 15 of their last 19 games in Globe Life Park.
UP NEXT: The Angels are off Thursday. Right-hander Jered Weaver (0-2, 8.71 ERA) will oppose Houston Astros right-hander Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 1.93 ERA) at Minute Maid Park on Friday at 5 p.m. PDT. TV: FS West. Radio: 830.