Beltre homers, Hamels pitches Rangers to 5-3 win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) It's beyond crowded in the American League wild-card race, with eight teams bunched up like flowers in an overflowing vase.

The Los Angeles Angels were the most recent club to make some noise, winning nine of 11 to slip into the second spot.

But the Texas Rangers still believe they can make a run, and Monday night they took a step in that direction with a 5-3 victory over the Angels behind Adrian Beltre's three-run homer and seven strong innings from Cole Hamels.

''We have to beat every team,'' Hamels said. ''If we want to stay in this wild-card race, we have a lot of different teams we have to beat. It doesn't matter what teams we're facing, we just have to win series.''

Hamels (9-1) did his part, allowing two runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out three. Alex Claudio got four outs to earn his seventh save, despite giving up an RBI single to Mike Trout in the ninth.

The loss dropped the Angels a half-game back of Minnesota for the second AL wild card. The Rangers closed within two games of the final playoff berth. Eight teams are within four games of each other.

''We're chasing these guys,'' Beltre said. ''It's nice to get the first one out of the way and try to win the series.''

The game was tied 1-all going into the third when the Rangers took the lead on Shin-Soo Choo's double off Tyler Skaggs (1-4) just beyond the glove of left fielder Cameron Maybin and off the wall, driving in the go-ahead run.

After Skaggs hit Elvis Andrus with a pitch, Beltre hit his 14th home run this season and the 459th of his career, tying Miguel Cabrera for 37th all-time.

''Just a poor performance today,'' Skaggs said. ''This loss is on me. I really wanted to go out there and make a good start for my team, and right from the first batter, it wasn't meant to be.''

Skaggs was making his fourth start since missing more than three months due to an oblique strain. He was charged with five runs - four earned - in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up four hits, walked one and hit two batters with pitches.

''He's not that far off,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''But Tyler can get better. Right now he's still kind of getting into his season and trying to re-establish everything he needs to do. He'll be an important part of our stretch run.''

BELTRE ROLLS

There is no team in baseball Beltre enjoys hitting against more than the Angels. All his team highs have come against them, including 43 home runs.

For this, he offers no theories: ''I have no explanation. I've been lucky,'' Beltre said.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister had a slightly different perspective: ''He lives out here and likes to play in front of his family. But he's a great player. There's no other reason than that.''

CLAUDIO DELIVERS

The Texas bullpen has been a constant challenge this season but Banister has become fully confident in Claudio. After Jose Leclerc loaded the bases on three walks with two outs in the eighth, Claudio came on and got Jefry Marte to bounce out.

''It's good to have a guy like Claudio who can go out and get more than three outs for you,'' Banister said. ''He keeps the ball on the ground as well as anybody and has ice water in his veins.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: After RHP Matt Bush and 3B Joey Gallo collided hard going for a popup Sunday, both were hurting. Bush was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right knee and both players had concussion-like symptoms. Gallo did not start and could be placed on the seven-day concussion DL. Taking Bush's place on the roster was Triple-A outfielder Ryan Rua.

Angels: Placed right-hander JC Ramirez on the 10-day DL with an elbow strain. The 29-year-old Ramirez had been a career reliever until moving into the rotation this season. He has thrown 147 1/3 innings. ... Sidelined since going on the DL with a shoulder strain April 10, RHP Andrew Bailey returned to pitch in one game. He was returned to the DL with another shoulder strain. ... RHP Garrett Richards, on the DL since injuring his biceps in his first outing, reported no problems the day after pitching a simulated game and is next scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game on Friday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Tyson Ross (3-2, 7.02 ERA) will attempt to get his season turned around against the Angels. In two games since returning from the DL with a blister issue, he has allowed six runs in 10 innings.

Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-12, 5.16) tries to shake some poor history against the Rangers. He is 1-3 with an 8.68 ERA in four career starts vs. Texas.

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  • W: C. Hamels (9-1)L: T. Skaggs (1-4)S: A. Claudio (7)
  • HR: TEX - A. Beltre (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF42000022.281.351.375.7264.0
S. Choo DH41210020.259.372.402.7744.0
E. Andrus SS31000012.294.338.471.8081.5
A. Beltre 3B41141021.308.383.540.9238.0
N. Mazara RF40100011.261.338.436.7740.5
M. Napoli 1B40200000.206.285.453.7382.0
R. Odor 2B40000003.221.262.428.6890.0
R. Rua LF40000011.194.265.330.596-0.5
R. Chirinos C30100110.242.338.516.8551.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Maybin LF40000102.233.333.353.6863.0
    M. Trout CF41110121.332.457.6821.1385.0
    A. Pujols DH50100003.230.276.375.6511.0
    C. Cron 1B21010111.248.300.429.7283.5
    A. Simmons SS20100201.293.348.451.7995.0
    J. Marte 3B40000007.161.261.290.5510.0
    K. Calhoun RF31000113.241.325.384.7091.5
    M. Maldonado C40210000.229.293.378.6713.0
    K. Cowart 2B30000002.266.329.453.7820.0
    a- B. Revere PH10000012.254.292.327.618-0.5
    • a-struck out for Cowart in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Choo (12)
    • HR - A. Beltre (14)
    • RBI - S. Choo (57), A. Beltre 4 (57)
    BATTING
    • RBI - M. Trout (60), C. Cron (34), M. Maldonado (33)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (23), M. Maldonado (14)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. DeShields (25)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Maybin (27), M. Trout (14), A. Simmons (18)
    FIELDING
    • PB - M. Maldonado (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (W, 9-1)7.03222303.421.0825.5
    J. Leclerc (H, 10)0.20003103.351.30-2.5
    A. Claudio (S, 7)1.12111102.551.066.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (W, 9-1)7.0
    J. Leclerc (H, 10)0.2
    A. Claudio (S, 7)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (L, 1-4)5.14541413.961.343.0
    E. Paredes0.21000001.290.71-1.0
    J. Chavez3.02000605.111.3910.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (L, 1-4)5.1
    E. Paredes0.2
    J. Chavez3.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Hamels (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 92-60, J. Leclerc 29-12, A. Claudio 30-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 10-8, A. Claudio 3-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, J. Leclerc 5, A. Claudio 7
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Skaggs 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 82-53, E. Paredes 9-6, J. Chavez 43-31
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 5-7, J. Chavez 2-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, E. Paredes 3, J. Chavez 11
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TEX62-62
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    LAA64-61
    010001001350
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF42000022.281.351.375.7264.0
    S. Choo DH41210020.259.372.402.7744.0
    E. Andrus SS31000012.294.338.471.8081.5
    A. Beltre 3B41141021.308.383.540.9238.0
    N. Mazara RF40100011.261.338.436.7740.5
    M. Napoli 1B40200000.206.285.453.7382.0
    R. Odor 2B40000003.221.262.428.6890.0
    R. Rua LF40000011.194.265.330.596-0.5
    R. Chirinos C30100110.242.338.516.8551.5
    Total34575111010-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Maybin LF40000102.233.333.353.6863.0
      M. Trout CF41110121.332.457.6821.1385.0
      A. Pujols DH50100003.230.276.375.6511.0
      C. Cron 1B21010111.248.300.429.7283.5
      A. Simmons SS20100201.293.348.451.7995.0
      J. Marte 3B40000007.161.261.290.5510.0
      K. Calhoun RF31000113.241.325.384.7091.5
      M. Maldonado C40210000.229.293.378.6713.0
      K. Cowart 2B30000002.266.329.453.7820.0
      a- B. Revere PH10000012.254.292.327.618-0.5
      Total3235306522-----
      • a-struck out for Cowart in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (12)
      • HR - A. Beltre (14)
      • RBI - S. Choo (57), A. Beltre 4 (57)
      BATTING
      • RBI - M. Trout (60), C. Cron (34), M. Maldonado (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (23), M. Maldonado (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields (25)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Maybin (27), M. Trout (14), A. Simmons (18)
      FIELDING
      • PB - M. Maldonado (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 9-1)7.03222303.421.0825.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 10)0.20003103.351.30-2.5
      A. Claudio (S, 7)1.12111102.551.066.5
      Total9.0533650---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 9-1)7.0
      J. Leclerc (H, 10)0.2
      A. Claudio (S, 7)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 1-4)5.14541413.961.343.0
      E. Paredes0.21000001.290.71-1.0
      J. Chavez3.02000605.111.3910.0
      Total9.07541101---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 1-4)5.1
      E. Paredes0.2
      J. Chavez3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Hamels (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 92-60, J. Leclerc 29-12, A. Claudio 30-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 10-8, A. Claudio 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, J. Leclerc 5, A. Claudio 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Skaggs 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 82-53, E. Paredes 9-6, J. Chavez 43-31
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 5-7, J. Chavez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, E. Paredes 3, J. Chavez 11
      • 9TH INNING
        Trout singled to right, Calhoun scored, Maldonado to third53
      • 6TH INNING
        Cron reached on fielder's choice to third, Trout scored, Pujols out at second52
      • 3RD INNING
        Beltre homered to left center, Choo and Andrus scored51
        Choo doubled to left center, DeShields scored21
      • 2ND INNING
        Maldonado singled to right, Cron scored, Calhoun to third11
      • 1ST INNING
        Beltre grounded out to shortstop, DeShields scored, Choo to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • R. Rua: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rua struck out looking
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Claudio Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado singled to right, Calhoun to second
        • Ben Revere hit for Kaleb Cowart
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Revere struck out swinging
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Maybin grounded out to third, Calhoun to third, Maldonado to second
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout singled to right, Calhoun scored, Maldonado to third
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara singled to center
        • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Napoli singled to center, Mazara to third
        • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Odor flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Leclerc relieved Cole Hamels
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging, Maybin stole second
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols flied out to center, Maybin to third
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons walked, Cron to second
        • Alex Claudio relieved Jose Leclerc
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Eduardo Paredes
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to center
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Mazara lined out to right
        • Eduardo Paredes relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Napoli singled to center
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor flied out to left
        • R. Rua: Strike swinging, Rua lined out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Trout stole second, Strike looking, Pujols singled to left, Trout to third
        • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Cron reached on fielder's choice to third, Trout scored, Pujols out at second
        • A. Simmons: Simmons lined out to left
        • J. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marte flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • E. Andrus: Andrus flied out to left
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to third
        • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cowart popped out to second
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Odor grounded out to second
        • R. Rua: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rua lined out to center
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
        • D. DeShields: DeShields popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons singled to left
        • J. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Marte flied out to center
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Simmons stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos singled to left
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, DeShields reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Chirinos out at second
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, DeShields stole second, Ball, Ball, Choo doubled to left center, DeShields scored
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus hit by pitch
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre homered to left center, Choo and Andrus scored
        • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to first
        • M. Napoli: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Napoli popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Maybin grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Napoli flied out to center
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Odor flied out to center
        • R. Rua: Rua grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cron hit by pitch
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked, Cron to second
        • J. Marte: Marte flied out to center
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Calhoun reached on fielder's choice to second, Cron to third, Simmons out at second
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado singled to right, Cron scored, Calhoun to third
        • K. Cowart: Cowart grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields hit by pitch
        • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Choo singled to right, DeShields to second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, DeShields to third, Choo to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beltre grounded out to shortstop, DeShields scored, Choo to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Maybin grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout flied out to left
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)