- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nick Martinez retired the first 15 batters he faced the only other time he started against the Los Angeles Angels.

This time, the young Texas Rangers right-hander gave up a leadoff hit and then a home run to the same batter a few innings later.

Kole Calhoun had three hits, including a game-opening single and a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the fifth, and the Angels stretched their winning streak against their AL West rivals to eight with a 5-4 victory Friday night.

“I thought he threw well,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said about Martinez. “Just one unexecuted pitch, the one to Calhoun. He wanted to go down and away, and ended up pulling it across the middle of the plate.”

Martinez (2-9), who got a no-decision after going a career-high seven innings in a 10-inning Texas loss June 21 against the Angels, struck out six while allowing four runs and six hits in six innings.

Calhoun, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, had multiple hits for the fifth time in his last six games.

Garrett Richards (13-4) struck out seven without a walk in 7 1-3 innings, and has won all four of his starts this season against Texas. The right-hander allowed two runs while scattering seven hits.

Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in as many chances since the Angels acquired him. He has thrown 11 scoreless innings in 11 games since the July 18 trade from San Diego, where he had 24 saves.

The Angels led for good after Calhoun’s 412-foot shot off Martinez (2-9) into the second deck of seats in right field made it 4-1 in the fifth.

Shin-Soo Choo led off against Richards with a single and came home on the first of Adrian Beltre’s four singles, three of them off Richards.

Beltre also broke up a double play with a hard slide in the eighth to extend that inning and allow a final run to score, when the Rangers scored three times - twice off reliever Kevin Jepsen.

“But we weren’t able to finish the job,” said Beltre, who is hitting .321 this season.

Jon Edwards made his major league debut in the eighth after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day. The right-hander from nearby Keller High became the 57th player, 36th pitcher and 18th rookie for Texas this season.

The Rangers are one shy of matching the 2002 San Diego Padres for the most pitchers ever used. They are two off the major league record shared by three teams for most players used in one season, including those Padres.

Edwards, who had a blown tire on the way from Round Rock to Arlington, got two outs despite throwing 10 balls among his 19 pitches. His last struck out Erick Aybar.

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