Jose Suarez threw the first complete game of the season for the Los Angeles Angels to lead them to a 4-1 win against the visiting Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Suarez (6-7) gave up his lone run on a groundout in the ninth inning. He allowed five hits, struck out a career-high eight and didn’t walk a batter. Suarez had not thrown more than 5 2/3 innings in his previous 26 major league starts.
Juan Lagares and Shohei Ohtani homered for the Angels (68-68), who have won five of six to get back to .500.
Texas left-hander Kolby Allard (3-12) allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Ohtani had the big blow against Allard, a three-run blast in the sixth inning that extended the lead to 4-0.
Luis Rengifo walked to lead off the sixth. David Fletcher followed with a routine ground ball to third baseman Charlie Culberson, but the ball went through his legs and into left field.
Ohtani then hit the next pitch from Allard deep over the fence in right-center field for his MLB-leading 43rd home run of the season.
Ohtani pitched seven innings and threw a career-high 117 pitches in a 3-2 win against the Rangers on Friday night.
Allard, who was born in Anaheim and grew up in South Orange County, retired the first seven batters to start the game before Lagares homered to left for his fourth of the season.
Suarez retired the first nine batters before Leody Taveras doubled to lead off the fourth. Tavares reached third with one out after an errant pickoff throw by Suarez, but he bounced back to strike out Adolis Garcia and DJ Peters to escape the inning.
Texas (47-88) also got its leadoff batter on base in the fifth, but Phil Gosselin made a nice running catch in left field with two runners on base to end the inning.
Gosselin was originally penciled in to play first base, but left fielder Justin Upton was a late scratch because of back tightness and Jared Walsh entered the lineup at first.
–Field Level Media