ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jefry Marte hit a three-run homer and the Angels shut down a late rally by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for a 7-4 win Wednesday night that gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep.
It was the second straight sweep for the Angels, who won their sixth in a row and moved out of last place in the AL West.
Albert Pujols had two hits and scored twice, Yunel Escobar had two RBIs and Marte hit his sixth home run.
The Rangers rallied in the ninth inning when Ian Desmond homered, Adrian Beltre doubled and Ryan Rua singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. The rally fell short when Rougned Odor flew out to left field.
Desmond went with 2 for 4 with the home run and Mitch Moreland hit his 13th homer, a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning. Desmond’s homer came with two outs in the ninth off Huston Street, his team-leading 18th this season.
The Angels got a run in the first inning before Marte connected on a 3-0 fastball from Martin Perez for a three-run homer. Escobar then drove Johnny Giavotella home with a single to right in the second inning, putting Los Angeles up 5-0.
Hector Santiago (8-4) pitched five innings for his third straight win, yielding three earned runs on five hits. His 24-inning scoreless streak ended in the third inning, when the Rangers scored twice to cut the Los Angeles lead to 5-3.
The Rangers scored in the third when Beltre tripled home Desmond and then scored on Rua’s sacrifice fly.
But Perez’s shaky command resulted in another run for the Angels in the third. With runners on second and third and Jett Bandy at the plate, Perez’s appeared to wobble in his delivery and was called for a balk, scoring Pujols.
Perez (7-7) lost his third decision in as many games, giving up seven earned runs for the second time in July.
The Rangers have gone 4-14 since June 28.
Rangers: 1B Prince Fielder and LF Shin-Soo Choo were both placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. Fielder was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and Choo has been dealing with inflammation in his lower back. Infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino Shields were called up from Triple-A Round Rock to fill their roster spots.
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs made his final start for Triple-A Salt Lake, completing his rehab from his 2014 Tommy John surgery. Skaggs threw 94 pitches over 5 2/3 innings, gave up one hit, walking three and striking out 12. He’s expected to rejoin the team later this week.
Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish will make his second start since coming off the disabled list Friday in Kansas City. Darvish, who is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in four starts this season, was on the DL from June 13 until July 16 with right shoulder discomfort.
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker will take the hill in Houston following the Angels’ day off. The AL pitcher of the week is coming off his first complete game and shutout and is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts against the Astros this season.