Baseball / Sports

Rangers top Angels to snap four-game slide

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios hit homers in a three-run sixth inning Friday, and Colby Lewis allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Rangers opened a three-game series with a 5-2 victory over the Angels.

Choo went 3 for 4 with two RBIs before leaving before the bottom of the seventh because of soreness in his left ankle. He was playing left field for the first time since spraining the ankle April 19.

Lewis (2-1) helped bring an end to the Rangers' four-game losing streak by allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out six while walking one and hitting another. Five relievers finished off the Rangers' first win since April 26.

The Rangers hadn't homered in six games, but hit two in the sixth to erase a 2-0 deficit after the Angels scored two-out runs in the second and fourth against Lewis.

The Rangers had managed only three hits through five innings against Hector Santiago, who had beaten them May 2, 2013. But Choo started the sixth with a shot to center, and Fielder followed three batters later with a single off the glove of Erick Aybar, who was shifted up the middle.

Rios followed with a drive to left-center, and the Rangers were suddenly ahead 3-2.

After Lewis and Aaron Poreda combined on a scoreless bottom of the sixth, the Rangers added two more in the seventh. They opened the inning with a Leonys Martin single and a walk to Michael Choice, and they were at first and second with one out after J.P. Arencibia failed to get a bunt down and struck out.

But Choo ripped a single to center to score Martin as Choice went to third. He was safe at home as he was hit in the back by a throw home by third baseman Ian Stewart on an Elvis Andrus chopper.

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