Choo's 3B helps Rangers finish sweep of Angels with 5-4 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Shin-Soo Choo sat on opening day and wasn't happy about not being in rookie Texas manager Chris Woodward's first lineup.

The only All-Star for the Rangers in 2018 said he still thought of himself as an everyday player. The 36-year-old from South Korea has been showing it, too.

Choo delivered a tiebreaking two-run triple while reaching base his first three times from the leadoff spot, and the Rangers finished a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

''I think after that happened I think good for me, good for Woody,'' said Choo, referring to a 30-minute conversation they had that day in late March. ''You know each other better. So now we have more respect. Better communication.''

Texas closer Jose Leclerc earned his fifth save in six chances despite loading the bases with no outs with a two-run lead in the ninth, capped by hitting Mike Trout with a pitch.

The right-hander got a called third strike on Justin Bour that led to Bour's ejection before an RBI fielder's choice by Andrelton Simmons, who drove in two runs. Brian Goodwin was called out on a check swing strikeout to end the game.

''I know it was a ball and I'm not the type of person that's going to make a scene like that,'' Bour said. ''I never have been thrown out of a game. It was a ball, plain and simple, just frustrated. Obviously, could have lost the game.''

Lance Lynn (2-1) won his second straight decision in the right-hander's first season with Texas, allowing 10 baserunners (seven hits, three walks) but just two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

The Rangers swept the Angels in a series of at least three games for the first time since 2013 after LA won the last three of four in Anaheim two weekends ago. Texas has its first four-game winning streak since last July.

Choo's go-ahead liner into the right field corner ended Matt Harvey's night with one out in the fifth after the right-hander had allowed one unearned run on one hit through four innings. Choo is hitting .400 in 13 games since starting 1 for 10.

''He's the most prepared, the most professional player I think I've ever been around,'' Woodward said. ''His success doesn't surprise me after watching him all spring, after watching him do his work in the cage, do his work in the outfield, do his work during BP.''

Both losses for Harvey (0-2) in his first season with the Angels are against the Rangers. The former New York Mets star gave up five runs, four earned, and five hits in 4 1/3 innings after tying his career high by allowing eight runs - five in the first - in an 11-4 loss to Texas in his second LA start.

''This time it was the fifth, which is I guess progress from giving it up in the first,'' said Harvey, whose ERA is at 9.64. ''Just got to keep working and kind of dial in those first four innings and be able to get deeper into the game.''

Trout walked and singled and has reached base in all 15 games he has played, extending the longest season-opening streak of his career. The two-time AL MVP was the designated hitter for a third straight game, staying out of center field after missing three games with a left groin strain.

Tommy La Stella hit his fourth homer , a solo shot in the eighth, to get the Angels within two.

SINGLES PARADE

Simmons, Brian Goodwin and Jonathan Lucroy had three straight singles for a 1-0 LA lead in the second before Trout scored on Simmons' double in the third.

After Choo scored on La Stella's two-out error in the fourth, the Rangers got even in the fifth on consecutive singles from Asdrubal Cabrera, Logan Forsythe and Isiah Kiner-Falefa before Choo's second triple of the season.

HOMER RUN ENDS

Joey Gallo, who homered in each of his first five games against the Angels, struck out his first three times before flying out to the edge of the warning track in right in the eighth.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Chris Stratton (0-1, 5.54 ERA) is set to open a four-game series at home against Seattle and Felix Hernandez on Thursday. Stratton's only decision was a 6-3 loss to the Mariners in his first start of the season.

Rangers: Already the second series at home the season against rival Houston starts Friday. LHP Drew Smyly (0-1, 7.15) made his Texas debut against the Astros on April 1, giving up a run on four hits in three innings in a no-decision.

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  • W: L. Lynn (2-1)L: M. Harvey (0-2)S: J. Leclerc (5)
  • HR: LAA - T. La Stella (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF40000120.169.239.338.5780.0
M. Trout DH31100100.366.571.7801.3524.0
J. Bour 1B50100025.188.328.313.6401.0
A. Simmons SS51220014.229.239.314.5545.5
B. Goodwin CF40100112.326.388.535.9231.5
J. Lucroy C30210100.278.316.296.6124.0
T. La Stella 2B41111006.184.298.449.7476.0
Z. Cozart 3B40100002.104.157.125.2821.0
D. Fletcher LF41100004.275.327.353.6803.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo LF32220100.345.446.6001.0469.0
    D. Santana 2B40110012.286.286.500.7862.5
    E. Andrus SS30000112.386.411.6001.011-0.5
    N. Mazara RF40000012.226.328.415.743-0.5
    J. Gallo DH40000033.226.359.604.963-1.5
    A. Cabrera 3B21100100.232.302.589.8913.0
    P. Wisdom 3B10000010.133.133.133.267-0.5
    L. Forsythe 1B31100001.243.364.324.6882.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa C31110001.276.400.310.7103.0
    D. DeShields CF20000011.200.357.289.646-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bour (3), A. Simmons (3), D. Fletcher (4)
      • HR - T. La Stella (4)
      • RBI - A. Simmons 2 (8), J. Lucroy (6), T. La Stella (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons, T. La Stella (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons, B. Goodwin 2 (2), T. La Stella 3 (3), D. Fletcher 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Santana
      • 3B - S. Choo (2)
      • SH - D. DeShields
      • RBI - S. Choo 2 (8), D. Santana (3), I. Kiner-Falefa (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gallo 3 (3), D. DeShields
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - E. Andrus
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Harvey, T. La Stella (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Santana-Andrus-Forsythe)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Harvey (L, 0-2)4.15541309.641.82-1.5
      T. Buttrey0.21001200.000.95-1.0
      C. Bedrosian1.00001105.401.562.5
      L. Garcia1.00000101.131.133.5
      H. Robles1.00000104.321.203.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Harvey (L, 0-2)4.1
      T. Buttrey0.2
      C. Bedrosian1.0
      L. Garcia1.0
      H. Robles1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn (W, 2-1)5.27223204.441.3211.0
      J. Chavez (H, 3)0.10000009.391.830.0
      S. Kelley (H, 3)1.01000202.250.883.0
      C. Martin (H, 3)1.01110016.001.501.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 5)1.01111206.141.368.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn (W, 2-1)5.2
      J. Chavez (H, 3)0.1
      S. Kelley (H, 3)1.0
      C. Martin (H, 3)1.0
      J. Leclerc (S, 5)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Buttrey
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-44, T. Buttrey 17-10, C. Bedrosian 25-13, L. Garcia 11-7, H. Robles 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 7-3, L. Garcia 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 19, T. Buttrey 4, C. Bedrosian 4, L. Garcia 3, H. Robles 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Leclerc (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 102-68, J. Chavez 3-1, S. Kelley 16-12, C. Martin 22-13, J. Leclerc 26-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 5-9, J. Chavez 1-0, S. Kelley 1-0, C. Martin 2-1, J. Leclerc 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 26, J. Chavez, S. Kelley 4, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Calhoun RF40000120.169.239.338.5780.0
      M. Trout DH31100100.366.571.7801.3524.0
      J. Bour 1B50100025.188.328.313.6401.0
      A. Simmons SS51220014.229.239.314.5545.5
      B. Goodwin CF40100112.326.388.535.9231.5
      J. Lucroy C30210100.278.316.296.6124.0
      T. La Stella 2B41111006.184.298.449.7476.0
      Z. Cozart 3B40100002.104.157.125.2821.0
      D. Fletcher LF41100004.275.327.353.6803.0
      Total36410414623-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo LF32220100.345.446.6001.0469.0
        D. Santana 2B40110012.286.286.500.7862.5
        E. Andrus SS30000112.386.411.6001.011-0.5
        N. Mazara RF40000012.226.328.415.743-0.5
        J. Gallo DH40000033.226.359.604.963-1.5
        A. Cabrera 3B21100100.232.302.589.8913.0
        P. Wisdom 3B10000010.133.133.133.267-0.5
        L. Forsythe 1B31100001.243.364.324.6882.0
        I. Kiner-Falefa C31110001.276.400.310.7103.0
        D. DeShields CF20000011.200.357.289.646-0.5
        Total2956403812-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bour (3), A. Simmons (3), D. Fletcher (4)
          • HR - T. La Stella (4)
          • RBI - A. Simmons 2 (8), J. Lucroy (6), T. La Stella (9)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Simmons, T. La Stella (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons, B. Goodwin 2 (2), T. La Stella 3 (3), D. Fletcher 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Santana
          • 3B - S. Choo (2)
          • SH - D. DeShields
          • RBI - S. Choo 2 (8), D. Santana (3), I. Kiner-Falefa (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gallo 3 (3), D. DeShields
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - E. Andrus
          FIELDING
          • E - M. Harvey, T. La Stella (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Santana-Andrus-Forsythe)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Harvey (L, 0-2)4.15541309.641.82-1.5
          T. Buttrey0.21001200.000.95-1.0
          C. Bedrosian1.00001105.401.562.5
          L. Garcia1.00000101.131.133.5
          H. Robles1.00000104.321.203.5
          Total8.0654380---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Harvey (L, 0-2)4.1
          T. Buttrey0.2
          C. Bedrosian1.0
          L. Garcia1.0
          H. Robles1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Lynn (W, 2-1)5.27223204.441.3211.0
          J. Chavez (H, 3)0.10000009.391.830.0
          S. Kelley (H, 3)1.01000202.250.883.0
          C. Martin (H, 3)1.01110016.001.501.0
          J. Leclerc (S, 5)1.01111206.141.368.0
          Total9.01044461---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Lynn (W, 2-1)5.2
          J. Chavez (H, 3)0.1
          S. Kelley (H, 3)1.0
          C. Martin (H, 3)1.0
          J. Leclerc (S, 5)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Buttrey
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 77-44, T. Buttrey 17-10, C. Bedrosian 25-13, L. Garcia 11-7, H. Robles 16-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 7-3, L. Garcia 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 19, T. Buttrey 4, C. Bedrosian 4, L. Garcia 3, H. Robles 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Leclerc (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 102-68, J. Chavez 3-1, S. Kelley 16-12, C. Martin 22-13, J. Leclerc 26-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 5-9, J. Chavez 1-0, S. Kelley 1-0, C. Martin 2-1, J. Leclerc 1-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 26, J. Chavez, S. Kelley 4, C. Martin 4, J. Leclerc 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Simmons reached on fielder's choice to third, Fletcher scored, Calhoun out at third, Trout to second45
          • 8TH INNING
            La Stella homered to right center35
          • 5TH INNING
            Santana doubled to deep center, Choo scored25
            Choo tripled to deep right, Forsythe and Kiner-Falefa scored24
            Kiner-Falefa singled to center, Cabrera scored, Forsythe to second22
          • 4TH INNING
            Mazara safe at first on 2nd baseman La Stella fielding error, Choo scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Simmons doubled to deep left, Trout scored20
          • 2ND INNING
            Lucroy singled to center, Simmons scored, Goodwin to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Chris Martin
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher doubled to deep left
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout hit by pitch, Fletcher to third, Calhoun to second
            • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons reached on fielder's choice to third, Fletcher scored, Calhoun out at third, Trout to second
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Patrick Wisdom at third base
            • Chris Martin relieved Shawn Kelley
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodwin grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to first
            • T. La Stella: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, La Stella homered to right center
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cozart lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Hansel Robles relieved Luis Garcia
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara flied out to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo flied out to deep right
            • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Wisdom struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Shawn Kelley relieved Jesse Chavez
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Trout grounded out to second
            • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bour doubled to deep right
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Luis Garcia relieved Cam Bedrosian
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
            • D. Santana: Santana popped out to shortstop
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin flied out to left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lucroy singled to left
            • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, La Stella reached on fielder's choice to second, Lucroy out at second
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Cozart singled to left, La Stella to second
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Lance Lynn
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Fletcher grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Cozart out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Cam Bedrosian relieved Ty Buttrey
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Forsythe flied out to deep center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Kiner-Falefa flied out to right
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Trout singled to right center
            • J. Bour: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bour flied out to center
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Trout out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Harvey Pitching:
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe singled to left, Cabrera to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa singled to center, Cabrera scored, Forsythe to second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Forsythe to third, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Choo tripled to deep right, Forsythe and Kiner-Falefa scored
            • Ty Buttrey relieved Matt Harvey
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Santana doubled to deep center, Choo scored
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus walked
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana to third, Andrus to second on wild pitch
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • Z. Cozart: Cozart flied out to deep left
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fletcher popped out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Harvey Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • D. Santana: Ball, Choo to second on Harvey throwing error, Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to second, Choo to third
            • E. Andrus: Andrus lined out to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Mazara safe at first on 2nd baseman La Stella fielding error, Choo scored
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • J. Bour: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bour flied out to left
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons doubled to deep left, Trout scored
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin walked
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked, Simmons to third, Goodwin to second
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, La Stella flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Harvey Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa grounded out to second
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeShields lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons singled to center
            • B. Goodwin: Foul, Goodwin singled to left, Simmons to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lucroy singled to center, Simmons scored, Goodwin to second
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, La Stella lined out to center, Goodwin to third
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cozart lined out to third
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher grounded into fielder's choice to third, Lucroy out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Harvey Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Lynn Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun popped out to shortstop
            • M. Trout: Ball, Trout grounded out to second
            • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bour struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Harvey Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo singled to right center
            • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Andrus reached on fielder's choice to third, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)