Gomez hits for cycle as Rangers topple Angels

Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout
Pujols' 3-Run HR Dooms Rangers
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13 May, 2017

Gomez's two-run homer in the seventh gave him his second-career cycle and a 6-2 Rangers' lead. That followed a first-inning double, a single in the third and a triple to the gap in right-center in the fifth that sailed just beyond the reach of a sprinting Mike Trout. He hit a first-pitch fastball from Jose Valdez onto the hill behind center field in the seventh for a two-run home run.

Chavez was charged with four earned runs on eight hits in six innings.

Still, the Angels had a shot to extend their five-game winning streak, but they came up tantalizingly short for most of the night.

Pujols' third homer of the season came on his first pitch from Jeremy Jeffress (0-2), who had already allowed a single to Kole Calhoun and walked Trout. He also walked four batters, including the bases loaded in the sixth.

Gonzalez "was popping off like he wanted to come out of the dugout", Pujols said. In Pujols' final at-bat against Darvish, he struck out in the sixth.

The 28-year-old Ramirez (3-2) matched his career high from two starts earlier with nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Espinosa stayed in the game. The RBI for Los Angeles DH Albert Pujols in the fourth inning moved him into a tie for 14th place on the all-time RBI list with Ted Williams at 1,839. Steven Wright (1-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Left-hander James Paxton (3-0, 1.39) is the Mariners' scheduled starter.

YANKEES 12, ORIOLES 4 Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and thundering NY picked up right where they left off the previous night, steamrolling past visiting Baltimore for its fourth consecutive victory.

Phillies closer Hector Neris (0-1) entered the ninth with his club leading 5-2 before serving up consecutive home runs to Yasiel Puig and rookie Cody Bellinger, who hit the second of his first two major league homers.

The Rangers got Darvish the run support he'd need in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored four times off Jesse Chavez (2-4).

Salazar struck out six in 6⅓ innings. He walked two batters while striking out three. I look for the Texas Rangers to build on Saturday's performance and get the victory in this series.

Marlins reliever Junichi Tazawa threw an efficient six-pitch eighth inning.

Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, watches a solo home run by Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo, of South Korea, in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Braves 11, Brewers 3: Matt Kemp homered three times and drove in five runs, powering visiting Atlanta past Milwaukee for its fourth straight victory. Trout is hitting.100 (2 for 20) against Paxton. Nova, who struck out seven, lowered his ERA to 1.50 after throwing a season-high 95 pitches. He retired 11 in a row at one point. Robertson blew a ninth-inning save opportunity by giving up two runs, then pitched a scoreless 10th. Gomez joins San Diego's Wil Myers and Washington's Trea Turner to accomplish the feat this season.


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