ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The middle of the Los Angeles Angels’ batting order handled the Rangers’ pitchers and the Texas heat.
On a 96-degree day, Los Angeles’ 2-3-4 hitters - Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton - combined to go 7 for 13 with six runs batted in and two scored in the Angels’ 10-7 win over Texas on Sunday.
Los Angeles took a five-game winning streak into the All-Star break. Texas (38-57) dropped its eighth straight and has the worst record in the majors.
“When those three guys in the middle are doing what they can do, you’re going to be able to put some games away,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It has to be more than them, and I think it is.”
Every Angels starter had at least one of the team’s 15 hits.
“That’s a very relentless ballclub over there,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Every time you make a mistake, they make you pay. Each inning we scored, except for one, they came back and answered.
“We’ve got to stop that stuff.”
Trout, who will start in the All-Star game in the AL outfield, had two doubles and three RBIs. He sent three runs home by blooping a two-out double in the second inning, and broke a 4-all tie with a double in the fourth. Trout walked and scored in the sixth.
Pujols was 3 for 5, including a double and an RBI.
Hamilton finished 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
“We feed off each other,” Hamilton said. “If one guy doesn’t get the thing done, the next guy picks him up.”
Trout’s second-inning double followed a line out by Kole Calhoun. Pujols’ run-scoring double in the eighth, that put Los Angeles ahead 9-7, followed a leadoff walk to Chris Iannetta and two outs.
The Angels, a major league-best 26-9 since June 6, swept a four-game series against Texas for the first time.
Winning pitcher Tyler Skaggs (5-5) left after giving up two singles to start the sixth. Both runners scored, leaving him with six earned runs allowed in five innings.
“The outing wasn’t what I wanted,” he said. “I threw some bad pitches 0 and 2, especially the one to (Alex) Rios.”