Isiah Kiner-Falefa had four hits, including one during a five-run fifth inning, leading the Texas Rangers to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas.
Kiner-Falefa had a double in the fourth inning and singles in the first, fifth and sixth, raising his season average to .322, tied for fourth in the American League.
The Angels (17-27) got a home run from Matt Thaiss, his first of the season, but otherwise missed opportunities, going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Rangers reliever John King (1-0), the third of seven pitchers used by Texas, gave up one unearned run in two innings to get the victory, the first of his major league career in just his second game. Angels starter Julio Teheran (0-3) took the loss.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Rangers starter Kyle Cody when Andrelton Simmons led off with a walk, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Anthony Rendon.
Cody, making just his second start of the season coming off Tommy John surgery, was finished after 2 1/3 innings and 55 pitches. He allowed the one run on three hits and three walks, leaving in the third inning after he walked the bases loaded with one out.
Jesse Chavez, though, escaped any damage by striking out Shohei Ohtani and getting Albert Pujols on a flyout.
The Angels scored an unearned run in the fourth inning off King, thanks to shortstop Anderson Tejada's throwing error, taking a 2-0 lead.
Teheran cruised through the first three innings, allowing only a single while keeping the Rangers (15-27) off the scoreboard. But in the fourth, Texas cut its deficit to 2-1 on Nick Solak's RBI single, then broke the game open in the fifth and knocking Teheran out of the game.
Teheran and two Angels relievers combined to give up four hits, three walks and one hit batter as the Rangers pushed across five runs for a 6-2 lead.
The Rangers added a run in the sixth when Kiner-Falefa and Leody Taveras pulled off a double steal, Taveras stealing home.
--Field Level Media
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