ARLINGTON (AP) — Hector Santiago pitched seven innings in another superb outing at Texas, C.J. Cron had three hits with a career-high six RBIs and the Angels beat the Rangers 13-0 on Saturday night.
Santiago (5-4) scattered three hits and struck out three with one walk to get his first win in six starts since May 29. The left-hander is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in eight career games (six starts) at Texas.
Cron put the Angels ahead 1-0 when he had their fourth consecutive single to start the second inning against Wandy Rodriguez (5-4).
After a sac fly an inning later, Cron’s three-run homer in the sixth made it 11-0 and he had an RBI double in the eighth. Cron had only eight RBIs in his first 39 games this season.
Santiago has a 2.40 ERA this season and finally got some real run support. He left after 104 pitches with a 13-0 lead — matching the number of runs the Angels scored combined while he was still on the mound his previous seven starts.
Kole Calhoun had a solo homer and sacrifice fly for the Angels, who have won seven of their last nine games.
Los Angeles matched its largest winning margin this season, and the season-high 17 hits were two more than the previous night in an 8-2 series-opening win.
It was the most lopsided loss this season for Texas, which had its biggest shutout loss since another 13-0 setback to Oakland in June 2003.
Santiago has five no-decisions this season in starts when he allowed one or no earned runs, including his previous two games. His 13 such games since the start of 2014 are the most in the majors.
Rodriguez is 0-4 with a 7.42 ERA in his six home starts for Texas. Like the Rangers, the 36-year-old lefty is better on the road — he’s 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in eight starts away from their ballpark.
Texas is 15-21 at home this season, while its 26-20 road record is second-best in the majors.
Cron’s sacrifice fly in the third scored Erick Aybar, whose leadoff double that inning was his seventh consecutive at-bat with a hit in the series. Aybar finished 3 for 4 a night after his first career five-hit game.
Calhoun, who had four RBIs in the series opener, homered in the fourth.
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