ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adolis García homered and doubled off Dylan Bundy, Kohei Arihara took a shutout into the sixth inning and the Texas Rangers got their offense on track in a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Texas eclipsed its entire output from a three-game home series against Baltimore over the weekend, when it totaled just four runs.
“These guys have been working hard and we’ve had a good dialog every day,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said of his hitters. “It wasn’t a grand slam or a three-run homer, it was just using the whole field and really running the bases well.”
Justin Upton homered for the Angels, while Bundy (0-2) gave up five runs and seven hits and was knocked out the game during the Rangers’ five-run sixth inning. The right-hander had six strikeouts with two walks.
Arihara (2-1), in his fourth major league start, retired Angels star Shohei Ohtani in two at-bats, although one was a deep fly to center that García caught while crashing into the padded wall. Arihara and Ohtani were teammates in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters from 2015-17.
“Honestly, I felt like it was going to be gone off the bat,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I thought it was one of the better swings I’ve put on the ball this season. And I feel like the wind brought it back a little bit. That might’ve had something to do with it. I was happy with the approach but didn’t get the right results.”
Ohtani even flipped his bat as he left the batter’s box, but Arihara had no issue with his friend’s reaction.
“For me, I was just thinking, ‘Don’t go over, don’t go over, don’t go over the fence,’” Arihara said through an interpreter. “(García) obviously made a great play and I was very happy to see that.”