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Hamels' control eludes him; Rangers fall to Angels

May 1, 2016 at 11:36 p.m.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

ARLINGTON — Cole Hamels' control eluded him on Sunday, and the Texas Rangers saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamels pitched five innings, the shortest of his 19 regular-season and postseason starts for Texas following his acquisition last July 31. He allowed four runs on seven hits and a season-high four walks. Three of the walks came in the Angels' three-run fifth.

"I've really got to challenge them," said Hamels, who made his first start since April 20 after skipping one with soreness in his left groin. "Even though they are a good team, you just have to make them earn the bases."

Hamels said he felt fine but lost command of his two-seam fastball.

"It was moving in a couple different directions on my release point," he said.

"The four walks, obviously, not the command he's used to," Texas manager Jeff Banister said, "but most of the misses were small."

It was the Rangers' second loss in Hamels' 12 home starts with Texas and the first since his Rangers home debut last Aug. 1.

Kole Calhoun got three hits and drove in two runs as the Angels avoided a series sweep.

Greg Mahle (1-0), a 23-year-old rookie, was the first of five Los Angeles relievers and pitched a scoreless fifth inning to pick up his first major league win.Tom Wilhemsen (1-2) took the loss.Angels starter Garrett Richards worked only four innings because of dehydration and cramping. He gave up four runs, only one of them earned after his throwing error. The short outing came after Matt Shoemaker lasted only 2 1-3 innings in his start Saturday night.Mahle, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez and Fernando Salas combined for four scoreless innings. Joe Smith allowed two runs in the ninth in a non-save situation."Can't say enough about our bullpen," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "They keep taking the ball. These guys are picking up the slack."

Texas scored three times in the fourth. Trying to start a double play with no outs, Richards threw between shortstop Andrelton Simmons, standing on second base, and third baseman Yunel Escobar, a few steps to Simmons' right, into center field.



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