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WATCH: Texas Rangers use timely hitting, defense to defeat Los Angeles Angels

Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) beats out the throw to first base as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Packy Naughton (58) covers during the second inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) beats out the throw to first base as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Packy Naughton (58) covers during the second inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Ibanez had three hits and two RBIs to help the Texas Rangers to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of the three-game series on Tuesday night in Arlington, Tex.

Adolis Garcia also drove in two runs and made two stellar plays in right field, and Jonah Heim collected two hits and an RBI for the Rangers (58-99).

Rangers rookie right-hander A.J. Alexy (3-1) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Kolby Allard pitched a 1-2-3 sixth for Texas, Dennis Santana retired all five batters he faced, and Joe Barlow pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Angels starter Packy Naughton (0-4) lasted just two innings. The rookie left-hander allowed four runs and four hits, walked three and didn’t record a strikeout.

Max Stassi homered for the Angels (74-83), who are nine games under .500 for the first time this season.

Stassi homered for the second time in three games, a two-run shot in the second inning that gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.

Heim answered with a one-out RBI double down the left field line in the bottom half of the inning to cut it to 2-1.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked to load the bases and Ibanez came through with a two-run single for a 3-2 lead. Garcia drove in the fourth run of the inning with a ground out to make it 4-2.

Ibanez hit a line drive that got past Angels left fielder Phil Gosselin for a triple in the seventh inning. Garcia drove him home with a line drive that barely cleared the drawn-in infield for a 5-2 lead.

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Texas aided Alexy with some excellent defense.

Shortstop Kiner-Falefa made a diving backhand catch on a line drive up the middle by Brandon Marsh to lead off the game.

Garcia crashed into the wall in foul territory just as he reached over the fence to snare a fly by David Fletcher for the final out of the second.

Garcia also caught a line drive and doubled up Jack Mayfield at first as he tried to scamper back in the fourth inning.

–Field Level Media