ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit a two-run double and pinch-hitter Brian Goodwin added a two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Mike Trout also hit his 43rd homer in the eighth inning for the Angels, driving in 100 runs for the first time since 2016 with his solo shot to left.
Andrew Heaney had 10 strikeouts over six innings of four-hit ball in his second straight outstanding start against Texas, but he left trailing 1-0 before the Angels rallied to win the opener of a two-game series between AL West also-rans.
Shin-Soo Choo had an RBI single in the third inning and Danny Santana homered in the eighth for the Rangers, who have lost four of five.
Mike Minor (11-8) dominated the Angels for the first six innings, allowing only Andrelton Simmons to reach base during Los Angeles’ first 20 plate appearances.
But the first three Angels reached in the seventh, and Calhoun drove home Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton with a one-out double in the gap. Goodwin then added two more runs on Minor’s 105th pitch with a single up the middle.
Miguel Del Pozo (1-0) got one out in the seventh to earn his first major league victory against the team that traded him to the Angels on Aug. 9. The 26-year-old Dominican reliever, who made his big league debut last week in Texas, struck out Choo on three pitches.
Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his 19th save.
Minor was outstanding for six innings against the Angels, who hurt him for 10 hits and seven runs last week at Texas.
But Heaney was impressive for the second straight outing against Texas after getting 14 strikeouts over eight innings of one-run ball in Arlington last week.
Texas scored an unearned run when Choo singled to drive home Delino DeShields, who had singled and gone to second when Calhoun bobbled the ball in right.
Rangers: OF Hunter Pence went on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. The move was retroactive to last Saturday for the All-Star selection. Isiah Kiner-Falefa came up from Triple-A Nashville to take his roster spot.
Angels: Reliever Keynan Middleton was reinstated from the injured list for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2018. He missed the final 121 games of last season — which he began as the Angels’ closer — and the first 133 games of this season.
Orange County native Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 6.75 ERA) takes another shot at earning his first major league victory for the Angels in the series finale. He faces Ariel Jurado (6-10, 5.48 ERA), who has lost four consecutive starts and given up 22 runs in the last three.