ARLINGTON – The Dempster Debut was a dud, but the end result wasn’t for the Texas Rangers.
For the second straight night, the Rangers rallied for another victory, this time pulling away for a 15-9victory over the Los Angeles Angels to split a four-game series at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers extended their lead to five games over the Angels in the American League West.
With the game tied 8-8 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Rangers took the lead for good. Michael Young led off with a single, moved to second on a Geovany Soto groundout and scored on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland.
The Rangers scored three more runs in the seventh on a single by Elvis Andrus and ground-rule double by Josh Hamilton. They added three more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run double by Soto.
Hamilton had four RBIs on the night, starting with a two-run single in a five-run second for the Rangers.
That five-run inning had staked newly acquired starter Ryan Dempster to a 6-2 lead, but he couldn’t make that lead stand or make it through five innings. The Angels rallied for a single run in the third and then regained a 7-6 lead with four runs in the fourth.
By the time Dempster’s night was over, the Rangers trailed 8-7 in the fifth. He allowed eight runs on nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
Angels starter C.J. Wilson didn’t fare much better. He gave up eight runs on 10 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
Finally, it's worth noting, that Mike Olt went 1 for 3 in his big league debut with Texas, singling in the second inning.
-- Drew Davison