Angels let ninth-inning lead slip away, lose to Rangers, 5-4, in 11th

Angels can't hold ninth-inning lead and lose to the Rangers, 5-4, in the 11th

KEY MOMENT: In the 11th inning, Leonys Martin lifted a Jose Alvarez fastball just over the right-field wall to put the Rangers, who had trailed by a run entering the ninth inning, ahead 4-3.

AT THE PLATE: The Angels had 15 hits but left 14 runners on base. Down, 2-0, in the seventh inning, Mike Trout hit a two-run home run to tie the score, and Johnny Giavotella followed with a run-scoring single in the eighth to put the Angels head, 3-2. Kole Calhoun, who was three for six, stayed hot. At one point, he had five consecutive hits, dating to his last game. C.J. Cron had hits in all four at-bats, a career high, and Matt Joyce ended a hitless streak at 26 at-bats with a hit in the eighth inning.

ON THE MOUND: With Huston Street resting after three consecutive appearances, Joe Smith came in for the ninth inning. He had no trouble with the first two batters, but gave up three singles in a row. The last, from Mitch Moreland, was enough to drive in pinch-runner Delino DeShields to tie the score. Starter Hector Santiago battled command issues for all of his 5 1/3 innings. His six walks were a career high, and he hit a batter with the bases loaded in the second inning, but limited the damage to two runs, one earned.

IN THE FIELD: With two outs in the second inning, Santiago induced what appeared to be an inning-ending pop fly. But Erick Aybar dropped the ball, which extended the inning. The error led to a run. In the 11th inning, another Aybar error with two outs led to the Rangers' fifth run. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia called Aybar's performance "uncharacteristic."

ON THE BASES: After advancing to third base after right fielder Shin-Soo Choo bobbled a drive off the wall, Cron got caught napping. He was picked off third base by catcher Carlos Corporan. Cron was initially ruled safe, but the call was overturned after a review.

BYE, BYE: Rangers Manager Jeff Banister was ejected in the eighth inning after disputing an unusual ruling. While chasing down a fly ball in foul territory, Calhoun was prevented from catching the ball by the outstretched arms of a spectator. A review, though, overturned the call and the ruling was fan interference, meaning the batter, Elvis Andrus, was called out. Banister argued and was tossed, as was the spectator.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Jered Weaver (0-2, 5.24 ERA) will face Oakland and right-hander Sonny Gray (2-0, 2.12) Tuesday at 7 p.m. at O.co Coliseum. TV: FS West; Radio: 830, 1220.

— Zach Helfand

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
73°