Lynn earns 100th win, Rangers sweep Halos

August 10th, 2020

ARLINGTON -- There is nothing like playing in front of your own fans' doppelgangers and hearing your own piped-in crowd noise to get a team turned around.

The Rangers did that this weekend, and they also celebrated 's 100th career win with a 7-3 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Field. Texas completed a three-game sweep of Los Angeles after a 1-5 West Coast road trip had dropped it to 3-8 to start the season.

“It’s a plus,” Lynn said. “Especially when we hadn’t won a series yet. So, you come in and sweep a team in your division and a team that has Mike Trout on it, that’s huge. Hopefully, we can go on a little run. The sweep kind of rights the bad start we had.”

Rangers manager Chris Woodward was thrilled with the sweep, but he is hardly satisfied with where his team is right now.

“I think it’s important that we always keep reality in check,” Woodward said. “We have to play better. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that we’ve turned things around. We still walked too many guys today. “

Lynn had trouble zeroing in on the strike zone as dictated by home-plate umpire Nate Tomlinson. Lynn issued three walks and needed 109 pitches to get through five innings, At one point, catcher Jeff Mathis went to the mound to check to make sure Lynn’s frustrations weren’t boiling over toward the umpire.

“It wasn't much about anything, except he was just trying to make sure I was where I needed to be,” Lynn said. “I told him I was, and I needed somebody else to be where they needed to be. And I wasn't talking to him.”

This was Lynn’s third chance at the milestone victory. He was the Rangers’ winning pitcher on Opening Day, but he took no-decisions in his last two starts, despite allowing one run over 13 1/3 innings in those outings.

It was the shortest of Lynn’s four starts the season, but the only runs he allowed came on a two-run home run by Tommy La Stella in the fifth. Lynn struck out six, while he now owns a 1.16 ERA.

“You are out there trying to do everything you can, try to make pitches,” Lynn said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way, and sometimes it does. Today, we came out and swept the series, so that makes me happy.”

Lynn began the day averaging 1.96 runs of support per nine innings. The Rangers improved that early, taking a 1-0 lead in the third as Rob Refsnyder hit a leadoff single and scored on a two-out double from Isiah Kiner-Falefa against Angels starter Andrew Heaney.

Texas added four more runs in the fourth. After a one-out double by Nick Solak, Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus each had RBI singles. Mathis later had a single and a stolen base, leading to a two-run single by Shin-Soo Choo.

The Rangers scored another run in the fifth on a four-base error by Angels right fielder Jo Adell, an unusual play in which a ball hit by Solak bounced off Adell's glove and over the right-field wall.

Leading 6-3 through six innings, Texas held on because its relievers pitched their way out of big jams in the seventh and eighth. In the seventh, the Angels had two runners on and two outs with Trout up, and Joely Rodríguez induced an inning-ending groundout.

In the eighth, relievers Brett Martin and Jimmy Herget combined for a scoreless inning by mixing three walks with three strikeouts. Herget finished the inning by fanning Luis Rengifo with the bases loaded.

“It was awesome of our guys like Jimmy Herget to come through in a big spot,” Woodward said. “That’s huge for his confidence. There’s a lot of good things moving forward, but we still have to play better baseball. We’ve just got to keep building off of it.”

But there is no doubt the Rangers were feeling much better about themselves after a weekend at home against the Angels.

“It’s amazing to think, three days ago, the world was ending and we were out of the playoff race,” Woodward said. “Now, if the season ended today, we’re probably in the playoffs. It’s insane to think that, but we’ve just got to keep going, we’ve got to keep improving, keep getting better.”