ANAHEIM (AP) —Mike Trout snapped a career-worst 27-game home run drought, Hector Santiago pitched six innings of one-hit ball for his first victory in seven weeks and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 7-0 Sunday to give manager Mike Scioscia his 1,400th regular-season win.
Scioscia, who has guided the Angels to six AL West championships and a World Series title during his 16 seasons in the job, surpassed Wilbert Robertson for 27th place on the career win list and became the 10th manager to reach 1,400 victories with one club.
A one-out double in the second inning by Rougned Odor was the Rangers’ only hit against the effectively wild Santiago (7-9), who issued a career-high six walks and struck out three.
Shin-Soo Choo’s infield single in the eighth against Mike Morin was the only other hit by the Rangers, who were shut out for the ninth time. It was the 12th shutout by the Angels’ staff.
Santiago is 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in four starts against Texas this season, including a 13-0 win on July 4 at Arlington in which he held the Rangers to three hits over seven innings.
The left-hander bailed himself out with inning-ending double plays in each of the first two frames — the second of which he started by snaring a line drive by Chris Gimenez and doubling off Odor at second base with two men in scoring position.
Santiago was 0-5 with a 6.46 ERA in his previous eight starts since beating Boston 11-1 on July 20. Last Monday at Oakland, he gave up five runs over 2 2-3 innings in the shortest of his 27 starts this year.
Colby Lewis (14-8) failed for the third time to establish a new career high for wins, allowing seven runs — six earned — and 10 hits in five-plus innings. The right-hander is 1-3 with an 8.31 ERA in four starts against the Angels this season.
Trout went the other way with an 0-1 pitch in the first inning, barely clearing the yellow line atop the 18-foot wall in right field. It was the reigning AL MVP’s 34th homer this season and first in a span of 96 at-bats since his solo shot off Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman on Aug. 7 at the “Big A.”
Lewis failed to retire any of his first five batters in the second as the Angels added three more runs. Erick Aybar scored on a wild pitch and Taylor Featherston singled home David Freese, who followed Lewis’ leadoff walk to Aybar with the first of his two doubles. A single by Kole Calhoun loaded the bases for Trout, whose sacrifice fly made it 4-0.
Featherston chased Lewis with an RBI double in the sixth, the Angels’ third straight hit with none out. And Albert Pujols hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly after an intentional walk to Trout.
Rangers: CF and leadoff hitter Delino DeShields did not play because of soreness in his torso, which was caused by a checked swing in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 2-1 win. . RHP Tanner Scheppers, who had been sidelined by inflammation in his left knee, was reinstated from the disabled list to shore up a bullpen depleted by RHP Keone Kela’s elbow injury.
Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (11-9) gets the assignment Monday afternoon in the opener of a four-game series at Seattle He is 4-0 with a 2.78 in his last six starts, but has not reached the seventh inning in any of his last 12 outings since pitching 8 1-3 innings of three-hit ball in a 4-0 win at Toronto on June 27.
Angels: Rookie RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2) opposes major league ERA leader Zack Greinke Monday night the opener of a three-game series at the “Big A,” as the Halos try to avenge a three-game sweep by Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Tropeano will make his fourth spot start of the season in place of Matt Shoemaker, who is missing at least one turn in the rotation because of a right forearm strain.
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