KEY MOMENT: The Angels were 62-2 when leading after eight innings before closer Huston Street gave up four consecutive singles in the bottom of the ninth inning, Mike Carp tying the score with a run-scoring single to center field and Adam Rosales giving the Rangers their sixth walk-off victory this season with a single to deep left field.
AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout is hitting .125 (five for 40) in his last 11 games, ending a skid at 0 for 18 with a fifth-inning single, but he felt good about an adjustment he made at the plate Sunday. “I’ve been cutting myself off a bit, trying to go to right field too much, and picking up the ball late,” Trout said. “I could tell by the way I was just missing a few pitches. But I opened up a bit today and felt great. I saw the ball better.”
ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Hector Santiago gave up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one. He has a 1.39 earned-run average in his last seven outings. “He kept attacking the strike zone and did an outstanding job of mixing up his pitches,” catcher Hank Conger said. Kevin Jepsen pitched around third baseman David Freese’s two-base error in the seventh, striking out Geovany Soto looking to end the inning, and Joe Smith pitched around a walk and a stolen base in a scoreless eighth.
MENTAL BREAK: Josh Hamilton, who is batting .132 (five for 38) with 18 strikeouts in his last 10 games, asked for and got Sunday off. “I felt like I was spinning my wheels and not really getting anywhere,” he said. “Sometimes it’s good to do that, to take a step back and not think about your swing. … I’ve been thinking about things too much, not playing the best I can.” Asked how Hamilton went from hitting three home runs and driving six runs in seven games from July 29-Aug. 4 to his current tailspin, Manager Mike Scioscia said, “That’s the $64,000 question. There have been some periods where it looks like he’s putting it together. But this last week has been tough for him, and I think it’s time to let him exhale a bit.”
UP NEXT: Left-hander C.J Wilson (9-8, 4.71 ERA) will oppose Boston right-hander Brandon Workman (1-6, 4.45) on Monday at 4 p.m. PDT at Fenway Park. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 830.