RECAP: Angels rally from early deficit to beat Ranger 6-3
Collin Cowgill and David Freese each hit two-run homers in the fifth inning for the Los Angeles Angels, who rallied from an early deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Monday night.
Matt Shoemaker (2-0) was down 3-0 after the first, but pitched into the seventh without allowing another run. He won his ninth consecutive decision over a 10-game stretch.
Both homers by the Angels off Ross Detwiler (0-2) came with runners on base after walks. Cowgill's first of the season tied the game at 3, and Freese's third made it 5-3.
Los Angeles got its first run in the fourth on a play that ended with Matt Joyce thrown out trying to stretch his RBI double into a triple, though it took a 3-minute, 13-second replay review for that call to stand.
The Angels, swept in three games by Kansas City in their home-opening series over the weekend, have won 10 of their last 11 games in Texas. They had a season-high 11 hits.
Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland had consecutive RBI singles before a sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus for the quick 3-0 lead.
Those were all the runs allowed by Shoemaker, who struck out seven with one walk in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 4-0 in four career starts against Texas, with 21 strikeouts and four walks.
Detwiler struck out three and walked four while giving up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Huston Street worked the ninth for his AL high-matching third save in as many chances.
Joyce hit a ball that ricocheted off the glove of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo in the gap. Joyce kept running and dived head-first into third base as Adrian Beltre swiped to tag him. Third base umpire Dan Iassogna called him out in what initially looked clearly to be an out before the Angels challenged the call.
Umpires took a long time looking at replays. Some angles appearing to show Joyce avoiding a tag on his arm, and others seemed to show Beltre's glove making contact.
It was the second time Angels manager Mike Scioscia questioned Iassogna about a play involving Beltre.
In the Texas first, Beltre was running hard around third on Fielder's hit when he ran into third base coach Tony Beasley, who had signaled for him to stop. Scioscia argued to no avail that Beltre should be out because of the contact.
Beltre then scored on Moreland's single, and Fielder came home after Cowgill made a running, lunging grab of Andrus' flyball near the right-field line.
Angels: RF Kole Calhoun (right calf soreness) was out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row. Scioscia said he was available to play and used him a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. Calhoun had an RBI single and was lifted for a pinch-runner. ... RHP Garrett Richards (recovering from left knee surgery) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Rangers: RHP Tanner Scheppers is close to being activated from the disabled list (right ankle sprain) after three appearances in four games on a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco, including back-to-back Saturday and Sunday.
Angels: The Angels go for their 11th win in their last 12 games in Texas when rookie right-hander Drew Rucinski makes his first major league start. He threw two scoreless innings in relief Saturday against Kansas City.
Rangers: Right-hander Nick Martinez (1-0), who had seven scoreless innings in his first start, pitches at home for the first time this season.