Angels’ Noah Syndergaard knocked out in first inning loss to Rangers – Press Enterprise

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a brilliant week for the Angels’ starting rotation, history quickly changed with a new week.

Noah Syndergaard failed to get out of the first inning for the first time in 126 career starts, allowing six runs in the Angels’ 7-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Syndergaard allowed two more runs than the Angels’ starters in seven games last week, when they combined for an 0.81 ERA. It was the fifth time in Syndergaard’s career that he had allowed six runs or more. Only four of the races were won.

The Angels still had a chance to win because they had booked Syndergaard with a three-run lead in the top of the first. The bullpen then held the Rangers at striking distance. Jaime Barria did most of the heavy lifting with 4-1/3 scoreless innings.

The Angels left two runners on base in the fourth and sixth innings. They had the ingredients for a rally in the seventh when Taylor Ward led off with an infield single, but Mike Trout then hit a double play, beautifully converted by shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien, and Shohei Ohtani struck out.

Seager and Semien, the duo the Rangers signed for a combined $500 million over the winter, also hurt Syndergaard in his nightmare first inning.

Semien won an 11-pitch duel with Syndergaard, earning a walk. Seager then singled to right, driving in the first run of the game. Adolis García followed with a brace. A third run scored on a sacrifice fly.

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