First inning flare-up dooms Dunning, Rangers as Angels take series

The Texas Rangers scored three runs and the Anaheim Angels scored four runs.

Those four runs that these Angels scored all came in the top of the first inning before tonight’s starter Dane Dunning had settled into the contest. The Rangers scored one of their runs a half inning later and then two more an inning after that.

From the moment of Willie Calhoun’s two-out RBI single to pull Texas to within 4-3, until the end of the game, it was nothing but zeroes from both teams. In fact, there weren’t even many instances of a rally from either squad beyond those seven combined runs in the first two innings.

The closest either team got to scoring again was when the Rangers had a two-out, first and third situation in the bottom of the eighth with a chance to even things up but Angels’ reliever Mike Mayers got reigning AL Player of the Week Adolis Garcia swinging to end the threat.


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