Angels fizzle in rainy series finale

August 19th, 2018

ARLINGTON -- When it rains, it pours.

The literal and figurative meanings both applied to the Angels, who sat through two rain delays before falling to the Rangers, 4-2, on 's three-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

Clinging to a one-run lead, the Angels allowed the Rangers to mount a rally after and delivered back-to-back singles off right-hander , putting runners on the corners with one out. Odor subsequently blasted a 2-0 changeup through heavy rainfall and deposited it into the right-center field bleachers to put Texas in front, 4-2.

It was the 13th home run surrendered by Ramirez this season, tied with the Rays' for the most among Major League relievers.

"Early on, I think [Ramirez's] command was a little crisper," manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's the one thing that has maybe put him into some bad counts here in the last month or so; [he] was just maybe not being quite as fine as he was earlier in the year with some of his pitches. He'll get it back. He's got good stuff. When he gets it in the zone, he'll get outs."

Ramirez retired for the second out, but the game was suspended for another 56 minutes due to the rain. After the weather cleared, Ramirez returned to the mound and coaxed a first-pitch groundout from to finally end the inning.

After dropping three of four games this weekend, the Angels dropped back to .500 at 63-63. Inclement weather also wreaked havoc on Saturday night's game, which was delayed two hours and 26 minutes and didn't conclude until 12:59 a.m. Sunday. Scarcely 13 hours later, the sleep-deprived Angels returned to Globe Life Park for the series finale.

Rookie extended his run of success against Texas by firing five innings of one-run ball, though his outing was cut short by a brief downpour in the bottom of the fifth that triggered an 18-minute rain delay. When play resumed, the Angels opted to turn to their bullpen, sending in to pitch the sixth.

"[Barria] pitched really well," Scioscia said. "He got out of the first inning giving up a run, but after that, he started to use his fastball and a good mix of pitches. Good slider today and mixed his changeup in. He worked hard, threw almost 80 pitches, and then with that delay, we didn't want to send him back out after having to sit down."

Barria departed after scattering seven hits, walking one, striking out five and throwing 78 pitches. The 22-year-old right-hander is now 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three starts against the Rangers this season.

"I always try to locate my pitches and do my job every game," Barria said in Spanish. "I've been fortunate to throw the ball well against Texas."

The lone blemish for Barria came in the first inning, when he yielded a leadoff double to Choo, followed by an RBI single to Odor.

The Angels countered with a pair of runs off Rangers right-hander in the fourth. After reached on a single, shot a grounder to right field and alertly hustled into second base for a double.

followed by bouncing a grounder to , who threw wildly to the plate and allowed Fletcher to slide in safely from third. then scored Ohtani from third by grounding into a 6-4-3 double play, giving the Angels a 2-1 lead.

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"I thought we had good at-bats this series," Scioscia said. "On the mound, we had some leads and didn't hold them very well. Those guys have a tough lineup. They can hit the ball out of the park, they get on base, and we didn't do some things on the mound like we needed to. Unfortunately, we didn't come in here and win as many games as we wanted."

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Fletcher finished the series batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and four RBIs, extending his hitting streak to six games.

UP NEXT

The Angels will head to Arizona and have an off-day on Monday before opening a two-game Interleague series against the D-backs on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. PT at Chase Field. Right-hander (1-3, 4.35 ERA) will oppose left-hander (10-4, 3.18 ERA) in the series opener. Pena faced Arizona on June 19 at Angel Stadium and gave up one run over four innings in his first career MLB start. The Angels lead the all-time series against the D-backs by a 15-12 margin.