Beltre, Andrus back Minor in Rangers' 4-2 win over Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) It was another Minor victory for the Texas Rangers, after they went ahead on solo homers by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus.

Mike Minor, a full-time reliever for the Royals last season after missing 2 1/2 years because of surgery for a torn labrum, won for the fifth time in his last six starts as the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Tuesday night.

''I think people at the beginning didn't expect me to have a good season. I think they thought I should go to the bullpen, wasn't cut out to be a starter anymore in my career,'' the 30-year-old left-hander said. ''It does feel good to end like this. A couple of more starts to go.''

Andrus hit the first pitch of the fourth inning against Andrew Heaney (8-9) to tie the game at 1. Two batters later, Beltre went deep for the ninth time this season and 471st time in his career to put Texas ahead to stay. He has 3,147 career hits, the most among active players, after that homer and a single in the eighth.

''Huge for those two guys to step up in that situation,'' manager Jeff Banister said.

Minor (11-7) pitched into the sixth, striking out seven with one walk and a hit batter while allowing two runs and three hits. He has thrown 140 innings in 25 starts for Texas, which has done its best to manage his time on the mound.

''Probably couldn't ask for it to work, to this point, any better,'' Banister said.

Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his ninth save - all in nine chances since Aug. 4, after the Rangers traded closer Keone Kela to Pittsburgh.

Minor wasn't sure he would ever pitch again during the seasons he missed. The former first-round pick for Atlanta, who started 110 games for the Braves from 2010-14, got over that hurdle with 65 relief appearances for Kansas City last year, then turned down a $10 million option to stay with the Royals for a three-year deal with Texas and the chance to start again.

Shohei Ohtani hit his 16th homer for the Angels leading off the sixth to end Minor's night. It was Ohtani's first major league homer off a left-handed pitcher, after striking out in his first two at-bats against Minor.

''Just that one home run I hit. I had a couple other opportunities with runners on base and couldn't come through there, so I'm not fully satisfied with my results,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''But I do think I'm getting better when I'm facing left-handers.''

ADRIAN AGAINST THE ANGELS

Beltre played in his 254th career game against the Angels, second only to Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski's 280. Beltre has 46 homers and 165 RBIs against the Angels, his most against any team - only Alex Rodriguez (70) and Rafael Palmeiro (49) have more homers, and only A-Rod has more RBIs (169). ... Beltre is 8 for 14 with three homers in his career against Heaney.

CLOSING IT DOWN

Leclerc has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest streak by a Texas pitcher this season. Opponents have 25 strikeouts with only two hits in their last 43 at-bats against Leclerc.

OTHER RUNS

Nomar Mazara had a two-run double for the Rangers in the fifth. ... Andrelton Simmons, the Angels shortstop playing on his 29th birthday, had an RBI groundout in the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Ohtani, the two-way rookie who was in the lineup as the DH, will throw a light bullpen Wednesday. He is then scheduled to throw another one Friday that will determine if he will make his next scheduled pitching start Sunday at the Chicago White Sox. ... CF Mike Trout was hit by a pitch on the right knee when batting in the first inning. He remained in the game and iced his knee afterward. The Angels don't consider it serious.

Rangers: Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right-hander, will make his first start since Aug. 20. He was on the disabled list from Aug. 24 to Sept. 1 because of a lower back strain.

UP NEXT

The Angels and Rangers wrap up their second series in Arlington in less than three weeks Wednesday. The two teams at the bottom of the AL West standings still play two more series this season, both in California - next Monday through Wednesday, and then Sept. 24-26 during the last week of the regular season.

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LAA67-72
100001000260
TEX61-78
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  • W: M. Minor (11-7)L: A. Heaney (8-9)S: J. Leclerc (9)
  • HR: LAA - S. Ohtani (16), TEX - A. Beltre (9), E. Andrus (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher 2B41300000.282.322.369.6917.0
S. Ohtani DH41111024.276.355.547.9035.0
M. Trout CF30000001.305.456.6041.0613.0
A. Simmons SS40110002.292.338.415.7544.0
J. Marte 1B20000011.207.249.348.596-0.5
a- J. Fernandez PH-1B20000001.281.293.333.6260.0
T. Ward 3B40000012.197.254.364.617-0.5
J. Blash LF20000120.107.212.143.3552.0
b- E. Young PH10000010.221.265.337.602-0.5
J. Briceno C40000011.256.302.378.680-0.5
M. Hermosillo RF30100021.167.222.214.4370.0
c- F. Arcia PH10000000.226.262.419.6810.0
  • a-flied out for Marte in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Blash in the 9th
  • c-popped out for Hermosillo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo DH40000022.273.382.460.842-1.0
R. Odor 2B41100002.268.344.471.8152.0
E. Andrus SS32111101.272.322.398.7208.0
N. Mazara RF40220010.267.328.465.7945.5
A. Beltre 3B41211002.273.331.394.7257.0
J. Profar 1B40100002.258.342.457.7991.0
J. Gallo LF40000043.205.315.488.803-2.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C30100001.264.327.368.6951.0
D. DeShields CF20100000.205.302.275.5772.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Fletcher (14)
    • HR - S. Ohtani (16)
    • RBI - S. Ohtani (44), A. Simmons (66)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani 2 (2), A. Simmons, J. Marte, T. Ward 2 (2), M. Hermosillo
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Mazara 2 (21), D. DeShields (13)
    • HR - E. Andrus (6), A. Beltre (9)
    • SH - D. DeShields (12)
    • RBI - E. Andrus (31), N. Mazara 2 (70), A. Beltre (49)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 2 (32)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Odor, E. Andrus, A. Beltre, J. Gallo 2 (2), I. Kiner-Falefa
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Fletcher (3), M. Trout (22), A. Simmons (9), J. Blash
    FIELDING
    • E - E. Andrus (7), R. Odor (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Heaney (L, 8-9)6.07441524.161.193.5
    J. Tazawa1.01000008.592.052.0
    H. Robles1.01000204.021.513.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Heaney (L, 8-9)6.0
    J. Tazawa1.0
    H. Robles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (W, 11-7)5.03221714.311.1019.5
    C. Sadzeck (H, 2)1.01000000.002.002.0
    M. Perez (H, 1)1.02000106.661.871.5
    C. Martin (H, 13)1.00000004.461.213.0
    J. Leclerc (S, 9)1.00000201.740.8511.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (W, 11-7)5.0
    C. Sadzeck (H, 2)1.0
    M. Perez (H, 1)1.0
    C. Martin (H, 13)1.0
    J. Leclerc (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 92-63, J. Tazawa 14-9, H. Robles 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 5-8, J. Tazawa 1-2
    • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 26, J. Tazawa 4, H. Robles 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Minor (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 91-59, C. Sadzeck 11-7, M. Perez 16-11, C. Martin 14-10, J. Leclerc 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-4, C. Sadzeck 1-2, M. Perez 2-0, C. Martin 3-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 20, C. Sadzeck 4, M. Perez 5, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    LAA67-72
    100001000260
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    00022000X492
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fletcher 2B41300000.282.322.369.6917.0
    S. Ohtani DH41111024.276.355.547.9035.0
    M. Trout CF30000001.305.456.6041.0613.0
    A. Simmons SS40110002.292.338.415.7544.0
    J. Marte 1B20000011.207.249.348.596-0.5
    a- J. Fernandez PH-1B20000001.281.293.333.6260.0
    T. Ward 3B40000012.197.254.364.617-0.5
    J. Blash LF20000120.107.212.143.3552.0
    b- E. Young PH10000010.221.265.337.602-0.5
    J. Briceno C40000011.256.302.378.680-0.5
    M. Hermosillo RF30100021.167.222.214.4370.0
    c- F. Arcia PH10000000.226.262.419.6810.0
    Total34262111013-----
    HITTERSAB
    D. Fletcher 2B4
    S. Ohtani DH4
    M. Trout CF3
    A. Simmons SS4
    J. Marte 1B2
    a- J. Fernandez PH-1B2
    T. Ward 3B4
    J. Blash LF2
    b- E. Young PH1
    J. Briceno C4
    M. Hermosillo RF3
    c- F. Arcia PH1
    Total34
    • a-flied out for Marte in the 6th
    • b-struck out for Blash in the 9th
    • c-popped out for Hermosillo in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH40000022.273.382.460.842-1.0
    R. Odor 2B41100002.268.344.471.8152.0
    E. Andrus SS32111101.272.322.398.7208.0
    N. Mazara RF40220010.267.328.465.7945.5
    A. Beltre 3B41211002.273.331.394.7257.0
    J. Profar 1B40100002.258.342.457.7991.0
    J. Gallo LF40000043.205.315.488.803-2.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa C30100001.264.327.368.6951.0
    D. DeShields CF20100000.205.302.275.5772.0
    Total3249421713-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Fletcher (14)
      • HR - S. Ohtani (16)
      • RBI - S. Ohtani (44), A. Simmons (66)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Ohtani 2 (2), A. Simmons, J. Marte, T. Ward 2 (2), M. Hermosillo
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara 2 (21), D. DeShields (13)
      • HR - E. Andrus (6), A. Beltre (9)
      • SH - D. DeShields (12)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (31), N. Mazara 2 (70), A. Beltre (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara 2 (32)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Odor, E. Andrus, A. Beltre, J. Gallo 2 (2), I. Kiner-Falefa
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Fletcher (3), M. Trout (22), A. Simmons (9), J. Blash
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Andrus (7), R. Odor (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Heaney (L, 8-9)6.07441524.161.193.5
      J. Tazawa1.01000008.592.052.0
      H. Robles1.01000204.021.513.0
      Total8.0944172---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Heaney (L, 8-9)6.0
      J. Tazawa1.0
      H. Robles1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 11-7)5.03221714.311.1019.5
      C. Sadzeck (H, 2)1.01000000.002.002.0
      M. Perez (H, 1)1.02000106.661.871.5
      C. Martin (H, 13)1.00000004.461.213.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 9)1.00000201.740.8511.0
      Total9.06221101---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 11-7)5.0
      C. Sadzeck (H, 2)1.0
      M. Perez (H, 1)1.0
      C. Martin (H, 13)1.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 92-63, J. Tazawa 14-9, H. Robles 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 5-8, J. Tazawa 1-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 26, J. Tazawa 4, H. Robles 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Minor (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 91-59, C. Sadzeck 11-7, M. Perez 16-11, C. Martin 14-10, J. Leclerc 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-4, C. Sadzeck 1-2, M. Perez 2-0, C. Martin 3-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 20, C. Sadzeck 4, M. Perez 5, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Ohtani homered to right center24
      • 5TH INNING
        Mazara doubled to deep center, Odor and Andrus scored14
      • 4TH INNING
        Beltre homered to left12
        Andrus homered to center11
      • 1ST INNING
        Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Fletcher scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Chris Martin
        • Eric Young hit for Jabari Blash
        • E. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • Francisco Arcia hit for Michael Hermosillo
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Martin relieved Martin Perez
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Trout grounded out to second
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons lined out to center
        • J. Fernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fernandez safe at first on shortstop Andrus fielding error
        • T. Ward: Ball, Strike swinging, Ward grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Hansel Robles relieved Junichi Tazawa
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre reached on an infield single to third
        • J. Profar: Foul, Strike swinging, Profar fouled out to third
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Martin Perez relieved Connor Sadzeck
        • J. Blash: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Blash struck out looking
        • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Briceno grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Ball, Hermosillo reached on an infield single to second
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher singled to left, Hermosillo to second
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ohtani grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Junichi Tazawa relieved Andrew Heaney
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, DeShields doubled to left center
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choo flied out to center
        • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ohtani homered to right center
        • Connor Sadzeck relieved Mike Minor
        • M. Trout: Trout flied out to center
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons singled to right
        • Jose Miguel Fernandez hit for Jefry Marte
        • J. Fernandez: Ball, Fernandez flied out to center
        • T. Ward: Ball, Simmons stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ward grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Profar popped out to first
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Briceno grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Hermosillo: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hermosillo struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Fletcher flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields lined out to right
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor singled to right
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus walked, Odor to second
        • N. Mazara: Mazara doubled to deep center, Odor and Andrus scored
        • A. Beltre: Beltre grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte fouled out to first
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ward lined out to center
        • J. Blash: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Andrus homered to center
        • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre homered to left
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar singled to center
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher reached on an infield single to pitcher, Fletcher to second on 2nd baseman Odor throwing error
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded out to shortstop, Fletcher to third
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kiner-Falefa singled to left
        • D. DeShields: DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Kiner-Falefa to second
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo flied out to left
        • R. Odor: Odor flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • T. Ward: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • J. Blash: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Blash walked
        • J. Briceno: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Blash stole second, Briceno flied out to deep left
        • M. Hermosillo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mazara doubled to left center
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltre lined out to right
        • J. Profar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Profar grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher doubled to deep left
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout hit by pitch
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher stole third Trout stole second,, Foul, Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Fletcher scored
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Heaney Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • R. Odor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Odor flied out to left
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)