ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Trout helped convince Hector Santiago into getting a reverse Mohawk after the left-hander lost his first start and the Los Angeles Angels were swept in their first home series.
"Stay in your lane," Santiago said, explaining what the haircut symbolized. "Just like I draw the lane out on the mound. Stay straight ahead."
Santiago never seems to need much direction in Texas, where he has never lost as a starter after the Angels' series-clinching 10-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Trout had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Angels, who took two of three at Texas after losing three straight at home to defending AL champion Kansas City.
Los Angeles has won 15 of its last 19 games against Texas — and 11 of 13 in Arlington. The Angels had season highs for runs and hits (13).
"We went out there and put some runs on the board for Santiago." Trout said. "One through nine is coming in."
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. Ranaudo was recalled from Round Rock before the game, then optioned back to the Triple-A team afterward.
While the Angels had their early offensive outburst, Santiago went down in the tunnel because he didn't want to know how big of a lead he had.
"I know we're up. As long as I give up zeroes, I know we're in a good place," he said. "I gave up the home run, but I didn't see exactly where we were at. Even in the seventh inning, I didn't know the score until I came out of the game."
By that point, it was 10-1.
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.
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. He allowed six runs and six hits, with two strikeouts and two walks, in 1 2-3 innings.
"Even the ones that I did deliver for a strike were up in the zone, kind of thigh high, and I didn't have command of my secondary pitches too good," he said. "They were sitting on those fastballs."
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.
Angels: Los Angeles gets a day off Thursday before the opener of a three-game series in Houston on Friday.
Rangers: After playing 10 straight days, Texas has its first off day of the season Thursday. The Rangers open a three-game series at Seattle on Friday.
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