Rangers hunt Syndergaard in 6-Run 1st, Beat Angels – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Eli White had Texas’ first and last of five hits in a six-run first inning against Noah Syndergaard, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-4 on Monday night.

Jon Gray won on his home debut despite allowing Shohei Ohtani’s RBI to double the base of the center field wall in a first three-pointer. Rangers’ immediate response knocked out local high school standout Syndergaard after two-thirds of an inning.

Gray said the Rangers’ offensive response “gives you another chance.”

“After a tough first set like that, you feel like you’ve always lost the game,” he added.

Jonah Heim hit a solo home run to cross in the seventh, just beyond Mike Trout’s reach, for his second RBI.

Joe Barlow worked around a first walk in the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances, and center fielder Adolis García finished the game with his second minimal catch of the night, on Taylor Ward. The Rangers are 8-5 in May after going 7-14 in April.

White took the Texas lead and had two RBIs, a stolen base and a run in the first. His second single came from Jaime Barria, a starter for much of his big league career and the first of three relievers for Los Angeles. Barria pitched 4 1/3 innings and threw 62 to Syndergaard’s 42.

Gray (1-1) allowed four runs and eight hits while striking out eight as he set season highs with 5 2/3 innings and 89 pitches. He left two previous starts with injuries, each time on the 10-day injured list, and started Monday with a left knee brace.

“After getting those sixes, (Gray) settled down and won the game for us,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said.

Syndergaard (3-2) allowed six runs – four earned – four hits, two walks and two steals. He grew up 17 miles south of Globe Life Field in Mansfield.

“When it rains, it rains,” said Syndergaard, who has missed most of the past two seasons with the New York Mets due to injury. “I have to have a short-term memory, but I (have to) also learn from my mistakes, learn from this outing and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

García followed up Sunday’s two-homer outing with an RBI double on the warning lane to left-center for Rangers’ only extra hit of that inning.

Ohtani doubled on a 3-0 fastball.

The Angels were 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position. In addition to Garcia’s two running catches, Texas shortstop Corey Seager made a backhand save from the bottom of the hole on Trout to start a double play in the seventh to stifle a potential rally.

HISTORY ON TUESDAY?

Angels LHP rookie Reid Detmers has a chance on Tuesday to match Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of consecutive no-hits after throwing one against Tampa Bay on May 10 in his 11th major league start.

“I’m preparing like any other start,” said Detmers, who was named AL Player of the Week earlier Monday.

“I’m just looking for bumps in confidence,” manager Joe Maddon said.

“We have to do everything we can to upset him, to make him uncomfortable,” Woodward said. “Give him some heat.”

SHORT JUMPS

Ohtani’s fourth three-out game of the season was his first since April 22. … White’s two-hit inning was Texas’ first since Isiah Kiner-Falefa on Sept. 28, 2019, against the New York Yankees. … Brandon Marsh’s two-run double on the opposite field to the shallow left in the first extended his hitting streak to seven games, tying his career best.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Cs Max Stassi and Kurt Suzuki, in IL 10 days, could return this weekend in minor league games.

Rangers: C Mitch Garver (right forearm) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Frisco as a DH. … RHP Albert Abreu (sprained left ankle) will begin a rehab assignment this week at Triple-A Round Rock.

NEXT

Angels: Detmers (2-1, 3.77 ERA) allowed Texas five runs in 3 1/3 innings without a decision on April 15.

Rangers: LHP Taylor Hearn (2-2, 5.26) blanked Kansas City on a five-inning hit on May 12 in the best of 18 major league starts.

Lance B. Holton