Shoemaker returns with 5 scoreless, Angels beat Rangers 3-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Matt Shoemaker was excited to be back on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels, and the right-hander was rather effective in his return.

Shoemaker threw five scoreless innings in his first start for the Angels in more than five months , since the opening weekend of the season after also missing the final 3 1/2 months last year with a right forearm strain, to get them started in a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

''Matty looked like he didn't skip a beat from what we saw when he was pitching well throughout his career,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''His stamina is not quite there, but he maintained his stuff, maintained his velocity.''

After singles by two of the first three batters he faced, Shoemaker retired 13 of his last 14. He walked Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the third before Rougned Odor grounded into a double play - the MLB-best 148th turned by the Angels this season.

''You don't really call it nerves. I guess it's partly that, partly adrenaline, especially having this long of a layoff,'' Shoemaker said. ''Best way to sum it up, excited, ready to go, get out there, step up on the mound and just go out there and pitch. A lot of fun.''

Shoemaker said he felt great physically after he struck out three and threw 42 of 62 pitches for strikes. He missed 134 games after going on the disabled list following his March 31 start. His final game in 2017 came in mid-June of that season.

Rangers third baseman Jurickson Profar said Shoemaker was mixing his pitches well to keep hitters off balance.

''He had a good fastball and a good split finger,'' Profar said.

Taylor Ward snapped a scoreless tie with his seventh-inning homer , a two-run shot that helped make rookie reliever Taylor Cole (1-2) a first-time winner. Cole went 1 1/3 innings after relieving Shoemaker.

Blake Parker, the sixth Angels pitcher, worked the ninth for his 14th save.

All of the Los Angeles runs came off Zac Curtis (0-1), the third pitcher for the Rangers on a night they started the game with two scoreless innings by reliever Jeffrey Springs before fellow rookie Ariel Jurado's four innings.

''Those two kids threw the ball extremely well,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''Put six zeroes on the board to get you to the seventh, that's about the best you can ask for.''

Jose Fernandez led off the Angels seventh against Curtis with a single and Ward, their 2015 first-round draft pick in his 18th big league game, lined a shot into the left field seats for his third homer. Curtis then struck out Jose Briceno, but the Los Angeles catcher reached on a wild pitch and later scored on David Fletcher's single .

Joey Gallo had an RBI double that ricocheted off the right field wall in the bottom of the inning, and Texas had the bases loaded with two outs when Justin Anderson struck out pinch-hitter Ronald Guzman .

SHORT HOPS

Adrian Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader, led off the Texas ninth with his 3,145th career hit. ... Elvis Andrus had three of the Rangers five hits. ... The Rangers (60-78) were officially eliminated from AL West contention with the loss.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: OF Justin Upton was held out of his second game since a mild concussion Saturday. ''Better but he's not quite ready,'' Scioscia said. ''There's a protocol when there's a concussion that you have to follow.'' ... RHP Shohei Ohtani was evaluated after coming out of his pitching return early Sunday, and Scioscia is hopeful the two-way rookie will be good to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Scioscia said Ohtani's elbow feels great.

Rangers: Utility infielder Hanser Alberto is expected to be activated off the DL on Tuesday. He has been out since Aug. 25, a day after a right hamstring strain on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

UP NEXT

A matchup of lefty starters when Andrew Heaney (8-8) pitches for the Angels and Mike Minor (10-7) goes for the Rangers. Heaney, 0-3 with a 10.38 in three previous starts at Texas, threw six scoreless innings in a win Thursday at AL West-leading Houston. Minor will make his 25th start after missing all of 2015-16 (torn labrum left shoulder) and pitching exclusively in relief for Kansas City last year.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
LAA67-71
000000300370
TEX60-78
000000100160
  • W: T. Cole (1-2)L: Z. Curtis (0-1)S: B. Parker (14)
  • HR: LAA - T. Ward (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF40000111.223.290.400.6910.5
D. Fletcher 2B40110001.274.315.359.6742.0
M. Trout CF20100210.307.458.6091.0672.5
A. Simmons SS40000006.293.339.417.7560.0
J. Fernandez DH41200011.291.304.345.6492.5
J. Marte 1B40100011.210.251.352.6031.5
T. Ward 3B41121002.210.269.387.6567.0
K. Cowart 3B00000000.131.232.213.4450.0
J. Briceno C41000032.267.315.395.711-0.5
E. Young LF40100001.223.267.340.6081.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo LF30100110.275.385.464.8491.5
    R. Odor 2B40000022.269.345.473.818-1.0
    E. Andrus SS41300000.271.320.389.7094.0
    N. Mazara RF30000103.265.327.460.7871.0
    A. Beltre DH40100014.270.329.384.7140.5
    J. Profar 3B40000013.258.343.459.802-0.5
    J. Gallo 1B-CF40110011.207.318.492.8102.5
    R. Chirinos C30000111.216.336.425.7610.5
    D. DeShields CF20000000.203.301.270.5710.0
    a- R. Guzman PH-1B10000013.240.315.423.739-0.5
    • a-struck out for DeShields in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Marte (6)
    • HR - T. Ward (3)
    • RBI - D. Fletcher (24), T. Ward 2 (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Fletcher (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 5 (5), J. Briceno 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Gallo (21)
    • RBI - J. Gallo (79)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara, A. Beltre 2 (2), R. Chirinos, R. Guzman 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Simmons-Marte)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Chirinos)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Shoemaker5.02001302.531.0313.5
    T. Cole (W, 1-2)1.11111103.801.017.5
    J. Alvarez (H, 10)0.11000102.701.22-0.5
    J. Anderson (H, 18)0.10001103.381.40-0.5
    T. Buttrey (H, 4)1.01000101.081.202.5
    B. Parker (S, 14)1.01000103.231.179.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Shoemaker5.0
    T. Cole (W, 1-2)1.1
    J. Alvarez (H, 10)0.1
    J. Anderson (H, 18)0.1
    T. Buttrey (H, 4)1.0
    B. Parker (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Springs2.02000302.291.375.5
    A. Jurado4.02001106.001.549.5
    Z. Curtis (L, 0-1)0.12330114.221.78-9.5
    C. Sadzeck0.21002000.003.00-3.0
    C. Martin1.00000104.581.253.5
    A. Claudio1.00000104.851.583.5
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Shoemaker, B. Parker (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 62-42, T. Cole 23-14, J. Alvarez 8-5, J. Anderson 12-6, T. Buttrey 18-9, B. Parker 17-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 2-9, T. Cole 1-2, T. Buttrey 1-1, B. Parker 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 17, T. Cole 6, J. Alvarez 2, J. Anderson 2, T. Buttrey 4, B. Parker 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - Z. Curtis 2 (2)
    • IBB - C. Sadzeck
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Springs 32-23, A. Jurado 54-34, Z. Curtis 16-13, C. Sadzeck 15-8, C. Martin 18-11, A. Claudio 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 3-7, C. Sadzeck 1-1, C. Martin 2-0, A. Claudio 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Springs 8, A. Jurado 14, Z. Curtis 4, C. Sadzeck 5, C. Martin 3, A. Claudio 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    LAA67-71
    000000300370
    TEX60-78
    000000100160
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF40000111.223.290.400.6910.5
    D. Fletcher 2B40110001.274.315.359.6742.0
    M. Trout CF20100210.307.458.6091.0672.5
    A. Simmons SS40000006.293.339.417.7560.0
    J. Fernandez DH41200011.291.304.345.6492.5
    J. Marte 1B40100011.210.251.352.6031.5
    T. Ward 3B41121002.210.269.387.6567.0
    K. Cowart 3B00000000.131.232.213.4450.0
    J. Briceno C41000032.267.315.395.711-0.5
    E. Young LF40100001.223.267.340.6081.0
    Total3437313715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo LF30100110.275.385.464.8491.5
      R. Odor 2B40000022.269.345.473.818-1.0
      E. Andrus SS41300000.271.320.389.7094.0
      N. Mazara RF30000103.265.327.460.7871.0
      A. Beltre DH40100014.270.329.384.7140.5
      J. Profar 3B40000013.258.343.459.802-0.5
      J. Gallo 1B-CF40110011.207.318.492.8102.5
      R. Chirinos C30000111.216.336.425.7610.5
      D. DeShields CF20000000.203.301.270.5710.0
      a- R. Guzman PH-1B10000013.240.315.423.739-0.5
      Total3216103817-----
      HITTERSAB
      S. Choo LF3
      R. Odor 2B4
      E. Andrus SS4
      N. Mazara RF3
      A. Beltre DH4
      J. Profar 3B4
      J. Gallo 1B-CF4
      R. Chirinos C3
      D. DeShields CF2
      a- R. Guzman PH-1B1
      Total32
      • a-struck out for DeShields in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Marte (6)
      • HR - T. Ward (3)
      • RBI - D. Fletcher (24), T. Ward 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Fletcher (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 5 (5), J. Briceno 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Gallo (21)
      • RBI - J. Gallo (79)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara, A. Beltre 2 (2), R. Chirinos, R. Guzman 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Simmons-Marte)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chirinos)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Shoemaker5.02001302.531.0313.5
      T. Cole (W, 1-2)1.11111103.801.017.5
      J. Alvarez (H, 10)0.11000102.701.22-0.5
      J. Anderson (H, 18)0.10001103.381.40-0.5
      T. Buttrey (H, 4)1.01000101.081.202.5
      B. Parker (S, 14)1.01000103.231.179.5
      Total9.0611380---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Shoemaker5.0
      T. Cole (W, 1-2)1.1
      J. Alvarez (H, 10)0.1
      J. Anderson (H, 18)0.1
      T. Buttrey (H, 4)1.0
      B. Parker (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Springs2.02000302.291.375.5
      A. Jurado4.02001106.001.549.5
      Z. Curtis (L, 0-1)0.12330114.221.78-9.5
      C. Sadzeck0.21002000.003.00-3.0
      C. Martin1.00000104.581.253.5
      A. Claudio1.00000104.851.583.5
      Total9.0733371---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Springs2.0
      A. Jurado4.0
      Z. Curtis (L, 0-1)0.1
      C. Sadzeck0.2
      C. Martin1.0
      A. Claudio1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Shoemaker, B. Parker (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 62-42, T. Cole 23-14, J. Alvarez 8-5, J. Anderson 12-6, T. Buttrey 18-9, B. Parker 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 2-9, T. Cole 1-2, T. Buttrey 1-1, B. Parker 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 17, T. Cole 6, J. Alvarez 2, J. Anderson 2, T. Buttrey 4, B. Parker 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - Z. Curtis 2 (2)
      • IBB - C. Sadzeck
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Springs 32-23, A. Jurado 54-34, Z. Curtis 16-13, C. Sadzeck 15-8, C. Martin 18-11, A. Claudio 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Jurado 3-7, C. Sadzeck 1-1, C. Martin 2-0, A. Claudio 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Springs 8, A. Jurado 14, Z. Curtis 4, C. Sadzeck 5, C. Martin 3, A. Claudio 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Gallo doubled to deep right, Andrus scored, Mazara to third31
        Fletcher singled to left, Briceno scored, Calhoun to third, Fletcher to second30
        Ward homered to left, Fernandez scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Alex Claudio relieved Chris Martin
        • J. Briceno: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • E. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Young grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Parker relieved Ty Buttrey
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre singled to right center
        • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltre to second on wild pitch, Profar grounded out to second
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Martin relieved Connor Sadzeck
        • J. Fernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ward grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kaleb Cowart at third base
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Justin Anderson
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Odor grounded out to first
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus singled to right
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Zac Curtis relieved Ariel Jurado
        • J. Fernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Fernandez singled to center
        • J. Marte: Ball, Fernandez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to center
        • T. Ward: Ward homered to left, Fernandez scored
        • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • Connor Sadzeck relieved Zac Curtis
        • E. Young: Strike looking, Young grounded out to pitcher, Briceno to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Fletcher singled to left, Briceno scored, Calhoun to third, Fletcher to second
        • M. Trout: Trout intentionally walked
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons flied out to shallow center
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cole Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus singled to center
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked, Andrus to second
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Beltre lined out to left
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Taylor Cole
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gallo doubled to deep right, Andrus scored, Mazara to third
        • Justin Anderson relieved Jose Alvarez
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chirinos walked
        • Ronald Guzman hit for Delino DeShields
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • E. Young: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Young singled to left
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun lined out to center
        • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Fletcher flied out to center
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout walked, Young to second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Cole relieved Matt Shoemaker
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
        • S. Choo: Ball, Choo flied out to deep left
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte flied out to right
        • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ward popped out to first
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Briceno lined out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Profar lined out to center
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gallo flied out to deep left
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Jurado Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout singled to center
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to deep center
        • J. Fernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fernandez struck out swinging, Trout out at second,
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Foul, Andrus grounded out to third
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara flied out to center
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Ariel Jurado relieved Jeffrey Springs
        • E. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Young grounded out to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, DeShields flied out to right
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to shortstop, Choo out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Springs Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons lined out to right
        • J. Fernandez: Strike looking, Fernandez singled to shallow right
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Marte doubled to deep left, Fernandez to third
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ward popped out to second
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Profar lined out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Gallo lined out to right
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chirinos flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Springs Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Fletcher lined out to right
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Choo singled to center
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus reached on an infield single to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mazara lined out to center, Choo to third
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Beltre struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)