Mazara hits long homer as Rangers beat Angels 15-9

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara hit the longest home run in the major leagues this season, Rougned Odor drove in three runs in likely his last game before a suspension and Texas beat the Los Angeles Angels 15-9 Wednesday.

Mazara led off the second with a drive into the second deck of the right-seat seats that would have traveled 491 feet had it landed unimpeded, according to Major League Baseball’s Statcast program. Along with his eighth homer of the season, he had a two-run single during a four-run sixth that made it 11-6.

Los Angeles had leads of 1-0 and 4-1 after its first two at-bats, but Hector Santiago (3-3) quickly gave those up each time. It was 4-4 when Texas started the third with consecutive hits off the lefty before Ryan Rua greeted Mike Morin with a two-run single that put the Rangers ahead to stay.

Odor is awaiting the outcome of his appeal heard in New York on Tuesday for an eight-game suspension assessed for punching Toronto slugger Jose Bautista during a brawl May 15. A decision is expected before Friday night’s game.

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Colby Lewis (4-0) got the win even though he failed to get through six innings for the first time in 10 starts this season. He left with a 7-5 lead after giving up consecutive hits starting the sixth.

Texas set season highs for runs and hits (18). It was the most runs allowed by Los Angeles this season.

Rafael Ortega hit his first career homer, a three-run drove in the eighth for the Angels.

While Mazara’s homer is the longest in the majors this season, the Rangers wouldn’t verify it as the longest hit in their 22-year-old ballpark; the Statcast system has been used only since last season.

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Ballpark records list Josh Hamilton’s 490-foot homer against Houston on June 27, 2010, as the longest, a measurement determined by a University of Texas-Arlington physics professor. That home run also was hit into the upper deck in right field, but higher up and three sections closer to center field.


Rangers CF Ian Desmond had 10 putouts, a club record for an outfielder in a nine-inning game. … C Bobby Wilson had a career-high four hits, including a two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth. His two homers this season are both grand slams. … Mike Trout, Yunel Escobar and Jett Bandy each had a sacrifice fly for Los Angeles.


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Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs, coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2014, threw his third bullpen session Wednesday and is expected to pitch a simulated game Saturday. Skaggs started this season at Triple-A but hasn’t pitched since April after experiencing biceps tendinitis.

Rangers: RHP Yu Darvish threw a bullpen session, three days before his first scheduled start for the Rangers since August 2014 and after Tommy John surgery. Darvish said the session went good and that he’s very calm right now.


Angels: Los Angeles opens a three-game series at home against Houston on Friday night.

Rangers: Texas starts a three-game interleague series at home Friday against Pittsburgh. Jeff Banister spent 29 years in the Pirates organization before becoming the Rangers manager last season.