ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit an early three-run homer, and Luis Rengifo and David Fletcher each had a two-run double during a five-run eighth inning that rallied the Los Angeles Angels past the Texas Rangers 9-7 on Saturday night.
Marcus Semien and Meibrys Viloria homered for the Rangers, who won the first two games of the series.
Ohtani launched his 22nd homer in the third, but the Angels trailed 7-4 going into the eighth. Fletcher, who entered in the third after Phil Gosselin was beaned, lined a two-run double to the left-field wall with one out to bring Los Angeles within 7-6.
After pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki struck out, Ohtani was intentionally walked and Taylor Ward drew a walk from Brett Martin (0-7). Fletcher tied it at 7 when he scored on a wild pitch, and Rengifo followed with a line drive into the right-center gap to put the Angels on top.
Max Stassi added two hits and an RBI for the Angels. Touki Toussaint (1-0), who came on for starter Chase Silseth in the fifth, got the win in his Halos debut after allowing two runs in four innings.
Raisel Iglesias gave up a one-out single to Semien and walked Jonah Heim before getting Nathaniel Lowe to ground out and retiring Adolis García on a long fly to center for his 16th save and first since June 29.
Semien hit a three-run shot to center off Silseth (1-4) in the fourth to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead. Viloria had a two-run drive to center on a sinker by Toussaint that stayed up in the strike zone to make it 7-4.
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the third on RBI singles by Lowe and García before the Angels went ahead in the home half. Gosselin was beaned on a sinker from Glenn Otto, and Andrew Velazquez had a bunt single before Ohtani drove Otto’s 88 mph changeup into the elevated bleachers in center field.