Minor's 3-hitter is 1st career shutout, Rangers top Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Mike Minor got to finish what he started, something the lefty never got a chance to do for the Texas Rangers last season in his return to a rotation.

Minor threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, limiting the Los Angeles to three singles in his 103 pitches as the Rangers got drastically different two-run homers from Joey Gallo and Asdrubal Cabrera in a 5-0 win Tuesday night.

''It's just about pitching,'' Minor said. ''There's no other obstacles in the way. It's if I'm getting guys out and the pitch count is right, then go back out there and pitch.''

Minor (2-1), who got his second career complete game in 142 starts, has pitched seven innings in three consecutive starts for the first time since late in the 2014 season with the Atlanta Braves. That was before he missed the next two seasons because of a torn labrum in his shoulder.

After coming back as a full-time reliever for Kansas City in 2017, he signed a three-year deal with the Rangers before last season for the chance to be a starter again. He led them with 12 wins last season, when his longest outing was seven innings and most of his starts were on extended rest, before becoming their opening-day starter this year.

''He was just dominant all the way. He used all of his pitches, kept them off-balance. A lot of weak swings,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''He made a lot of ugly swings on a lot of their guys, and it was pretty impressive. ... That's our No. 1 right there.''

Minor was at 96 pitches after getting the final two outs in the eighth on two pitches. He needed only seven pitches to finish off the first complete-game home shutout for the Rangers since Colby Lewis against Oakland in September 2015.

Asked if he's better now than ever, Minor responded, ''Yeah, maybe. I had a really good year in 2013 right before my shoulder started hurting me. I think I have better stuff now than I did back then.''

There were also a couple of defensive gems from his teammates.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus made a diving stop up the middle, scooping the ball from his glove to second baseman Danny Santana for the relay of a double play in the sixth. That was an inning after third baseman Cabrera made a sliding grab, then got up and threw leadoff hitter David Fletcher out at first.

Minor struck out seven and walked two. The only time the Angels had a runner reach second base was when Fletcher led off the game with a walk and moved up on a single by Andrelton Simmons, a former teammate of Minor's with the Braves who had two of the hits.

''He always had the potential. I mean, he was dealing with some injuries before,'' Simmons said. ''It looks like he's feeling better now. He pitched phenomenally.''

Cabrera put Texas up 3-0 when his deep fly ricocheted of the wrist of leaping right fielder Kole Calhoun and went over the 8-foot wall in the fourth off Jaime Barria (1-1).

''Tried to make a play on the ball, hit the wall, and it popped over. It's kind of bad luck,'' Calhoun said.

Gallo, who like Cabrera hit his sixth homer, pulled a 439-foot shot that landed on the concourse beyond the lower-level seats to greet reliever Dillon Peters in the sixth and make it 5-0.

NOT AS PERFECT

The only previous complete-game shutout by Texas against the Angeles was Kenny Rogers' perfect game in Arlington on July 28, 1994.

SHORT HOPS

The Angels are 2-14 in their last 16 road games dating back to last September - a span in which they are 12-2 at home. ... The Rangers have homered in all 10 of their home games, the longest season-opening home HR streak in Texas history. ... It was the second shutout of the season for Texas, both at home after having only one shutout win at home last season. ... Los Angeles was held scoreless for the first time since its season-opening 4-0 loss at Oakland.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout was the DH for the second game in a row in his return from missing three games with a right groin strain. Trout had an infield single in the sixth and has reached base in all 14 of his games, his longest on-base streak to start a season.

UP NEXT

Angels: Matt Harvey (0-1) is still looking for his first win with the Angels. It will be his fourth start and second against the Rangers, who had eight runs and 10 hits in four innings off of him April 4.

Rangers: Lance Lynn (1-1) works on extended six days' rest since he allowed one run and struck out nine over six innings to win at Arizona.

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  • W: M. Minor (2-1)L: J. Barria (1-1)
  • HR: TEX - A. Cabrera (6), J. Gallo (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Trout DH40100011.368.569.8161.3850.5
A. Simmons SS40200001.215.227.292.5202.0
A. Pujols 1B20000113.216.333.353.6860.5
J. Lucroy C30000014.255.283.275.558-0.5
K. Calhoun RF30000011.180.242.361.603-0.5
Z. Cozart 3B30000010.091.149.114.263-0.5
T. La Stella 2B30000010.178.302.400.702-0.5
P. Bourjos CF30000010.037.069.037.106-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo LF41100011.327.426.558.9842.5
    E. Andrus SS40200001.403.420.6271.0472.0
    N. Mazara RF40110003.245.351.449.8003.0
    H. Pence DH41100012.276.323.379.7021.5
    J. Gallo CF32221111.245.383.6531.0369.5
    A. Cabrera 3B31121101.222.283.593.8768.0
    D. Santana 2B40000011.300.300.500.800-0.5
    L. Forsythe 1B20100111.235.366.324.6891.5
    J. Mathis C30000002.111.143.222.3650.0
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lucroy (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (7), N. Mazara (2)
      • HR - J. Gallo (6), A. Cabrera (6)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (12), J. Gallo 2 (15), A. Cabrera 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara (5), H. Pence (2), J. Gallo (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Barria (L, 1-1)5.06442315.871.57-0.5
      D. Peters1.12111116.752.25-0.5
      T. Buttrey0.20000100.000.750.5
      N. Ramirez1.01000001.170.912.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Barria (L, 1-1)5.0
      D. Peters1.1
      T. Buttrey0.2
      N. Ramirez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 2-1)9.03002702.600.9435.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 2-1)9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 79-51, D. Peters 34-19, T. Buttrey 9-7, N. Ramirez 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 6-6, D. Peters 1-3, T. Buttrey 1-0, N. Ramirez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Barria 22, D. Peters 7, T. Buttrey 2, N. Ramirez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 103-68
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 7-5
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 30
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA8-9
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fletcher LF30000100.277.333.340.6741.0
      M. Trout DH40100011.368.569.8161.3850.5
      A. Simmons SS40200001.215.227.292.5202.0
      A. Pujols 1B20000113.216.333.353.6860.5
      J. Lucroy C30000014.255.283.275.558-0.5
      K. Calhoun RF30000011.180.242.361.603-0.5
      Z. Cozart 3B30000010.091.149.114.263-0.5
      T. La Stella 2B30000010.178.302.400.702-0.5
      P. Bourjos CF30000010.037.069.037.106-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo LF41100011.327.426.558.9842.5
        E. Andrus SS40200001.403.420.6271.0472.0
        N. Mazara RF40110003.245.351.449.8003.0
        H. Pence DH41100012.276.323.379.7021.5
        J. Gallo CF32221111.245.383.6531.0369.5
        A. Cabrera 3B31121101.222.283.593.8768.0
        D. Santana 2B40000011.300.300.500.800-0.5
        L. Forsythe 1B20100111.235.366.324.6891.5
        J. Mathis C30000002.111.143.222.3650.0
        Total3159523513-----
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lucroy (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo (7), N. Mazara (2)
          • HR - J. Gallo (6), A. Cabrera (6)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (12), J. Gallo 2 (15), A. Cabrera 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera 2 (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara (5), H. Pence (2), J. Gallo (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Barria (L, 1-1)5.06442315.871.57-0.5
          D. Peters1.12111116.752.25-0.5
          T. Buttrey0.20000100.000.750.5
          N. Ramirez1.01000001.170.912.0
          Total8.0955352---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Barria (L, 1-1)5.0
          D. Peters1.1
          T. Buttrey0.2
          N. Ramirez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (W, 2-1)9.03002702.600.9435.5
          Total9.0300270---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (W, 2-1)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Barria 79-51, D. Peters 34-19, T. Buttrey 9-7, N. Ramirez 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Barria 6-6, D. Peters 1-3, T. Buttrey 1-0, N. Ramirez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Barria 22, D. Peters 7, T. Buttrey 2, N. Ramirez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 103-68
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 7-5
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 30
          • 6TH INNING
            Gallo homered to right, Pence scored05
          • 4TH INNING
            Cabrera homered to right, Gallo scored03
          • 1ST INNING
            Mazara doubled to center, Choo scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fletcher flied out to right
            • M. Trout: Ball, Trout popped out to shortstop
            • A. Simmons: Simmons popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart flied out to deep right
            • T. La Stella: La Stella popped out to shortstop
            • P. Bourjos: Bourjos lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Noe Ramirez relieved Ty Buttrey
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo singled to right center
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Gallo out at second
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Santana flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols walked
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lucroy grounded out to second, Pujols out at second
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Peters Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo flied out to center
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Andrus reached on an infield single to third
            • Ty Buttrey relieved Dillon Peters
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Mazara grounded out to pitcher, Andrus to second
            • H. Pence: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout reached on an infield single to second
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded out to second, Trout out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Pence singled to right
            • Dillon Peters relieved Jaime Barria
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo homered to right, Pence scored
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana popped out to second
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
            • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, La Stella struck out swinging
            • P. Bourjos: Bourjos flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Forsythe walked
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mathis lined out to left
            • S. Choo: Ball, Choo flied out to deep left
            • E. Andrus: Andrus singled to center, Forsythe to second
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Simmons singled to shallow right
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pujols flied out to center
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara lined out to shortstop
            • H. Pence: Pence lined out to center
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera homered to right, Gallo scored
            • D. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Mathis flied out to left
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Andrus flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart fouled out to catcher
            • T. La Stella: La Stella popped out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to left
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe singled to left
            • J. Mathis: Foul, Ball, Forsythe picked off at first, pitcher to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fletcher walked
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Simmons singled to center, Fletcher to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo doubled to deep right
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Ball, Foul, Andrus lined out to right, Choo to third
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara doubled to center, Choo scored
            • H. Pence: Strike looking, Foul, Pence grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)