Mike Trout had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run to back another win in Texas for Hector Santiago as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 10-2 in a series finale Wednesday.
Santiago (1-1) allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five career starts at Texas, one win came with the Chicago White Sox in 2013. He joined the Angels last season.
Los Angeles went ahead to stay with a six-run second off Anthony Ranaudo (0-1), the right-hander making his Texas debut while starting in place of injured Derek Holland.
Erick Aybar had a sacrifice squeeze bunt that plated a run in the second before Trout drew a two-out walk and scored on Matt Joyce’s double that made it 6-0 and chase Ranaudo. It was 7-0 after Trout’s RBI single in the fourth.
Albert Pujols had a pair of RBI singles and David Freese added a two-run single for the Angels, who reached their season highs in runs and hits (13). Los Angeles took two of three in the series and has won 15 of its last 19 games against the Rangers – and 11 of 13 in Arlington.
The only run allowed by Santiago came when Carlos Corporan lined a homer into the right-field seats in the fifth inning. It was Corporan’s first homer.
In the previous five games, Angels starters had been tagged for 22 earned runs over 24 1-3 innings.
Adam Rosales homered in the ninth for Texas, snapping an 0-for-24 drought that went back to last season.
Texas acquired Ranaudo from the Red Sox in January in a trade that sent Robbie Ross Jr. to Boston. Ranaudo allowed six runs and six hits, with two strikeouts and two walks, in 1 2-3 innings.
Holland, who missed most of last season recovering from left knee surgery, threw only one inning in the Rangers home opener Friday before coming out with a shoulder injury that will keep him out at least two months.
Angels: Right-hander Garrett Richards (rehabbing after left knee surgery) is expected to join the team in Houston, and could start Sunday against the Astros. He threw 91 pitches over five innings in a rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Salt Lake. "His stuff looked good," Scioscia said. "He fielded a bunt, covered first, showed a little agility there, which is as important as anything we’re talking about."
Rangers: Right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla had Tommy John surgery Wednesday, and also had bone spurs removed from his elbow. The Rangers said the surgery went as expected. … Right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa (groin) pitched an inning Tuesday for Double-A Frisco, and continue rehab with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. … Left-handers Martin Perez (Tommy John surgery) and Matt Harrison (spinal fusion) will continue rehab in extended spring training in Surprise, Arizona, starting Friday.