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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 550
LA Angels1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 281
  W: B. Burke (5-2)   L: J. Quijada (0-3)   S: J. Hernández (1)
1:07 PM PT2:07 PM MT3:07 PM CT4:07 PM ET16:07 ET20:07 GMT4:07 1:07 PM MST3:07 PM EST3:37 PM VEN0:07 UAE (+1)2:07 PM CT, July 31, 2022
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 29,257

Rangers turn to Dane Dunning in bid for split vs. Angels

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Rangers and Angels have faced off in nine games so far this season, with Texas winning five of nine games. Since 2018, the Rangers have lost 10 of the last 11 series played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
  2. The Rangers are 3-10 (.231) on the road in July, which is the third-worst record in MLB, despite ranking in the top 10 in runs (sixth), hits (seventh), and home runs (third) in the month of July.
  3. Martin Perez has not recorded a pitching loss since his first two starts of the season. Perez's 17-start streak without a pitching loss is the longest streak by a Rangers' pitcher since Phil Ortega had 18-straight starts without a loss in 1967.
  4. Despite scoring two or fewer runs in three-straight home games, the Angels have the fourth largest differential in runs per game at home (4.24) versus on the road (3.61) in MLB.
  5. Shohei Ohtani has won four straight home starts and recorded 10+ strikeouts in three straight home starts. Ohtani is looking to become the first Angels' pitcher since 1978 to record more than three straight home starts with 10+ strikeouts, Nolan Ryan (five).
  6. The Angels have pitched shutouts in two straight games and have not recorded three straight shutouts in a single season since 1974, when the California Angels shutout Minnesota and Oakland in three straight games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/28/2022 thru 7/31/2022

The Texas Rangers aim to avoid an all-too-familiar fate on Sunday when they conclude their four-game series against the host Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

Although the Rangers have averted a one-run loss in this series, it has been a problem all season and one that has them looking at potentially setting an all-time modern record.

Texas is 5-23 (a winning percentage of .179) in one-run games this season. The record for the worst record in one-run games over a 162-game campaign is held by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who went 10-31 (.244) in 2021.

"There's a lot of little plays there that we have to make," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said after their most recent one-run loss against Seattle. "If we're going to win games, we've got to find a way to get it done. We had them on the ropes and just didn't have a big hit or a big at-bat. We're going to find a way to get them.

"We keep fighting no matter how bad it gets. We are going to learn from this. ... We keep getting in these situations and we're going to learn from them. We're going to bounce back. We're going to continue to grow from these things."

Texas bounced back from two losses to begin the series by posting a 9-7 victory on Saturday.

Right-hander Dane Dunning (1-6, 4.38 ERA) will start Sunday's game for the Rangers. He's winless in his last 14 starts, with his only victory of the season coming on April 30 against the Atlanta Braves.

Dunning hasn't pitched as badly as his record indicates - he's been hurt by the one-run loss as much as any Texas pitcher. In fact, the Rangers have lost by one run in each of Dunning's last five starts. He hasn't pitched all that poorly in those games, compiling an ERA of 4.38 and allowing three earned runs or fewer in four of the five games.

Overall, the Rangers are 1-10 in one-run games started by Dunning.

He is 1-3 with a 6.30 ERA in six career starts against the Angels.

Los Angeles left-hander Reid Detmers (3-3, 3.84) will make his 16th start of the season for the Angels. He's had an up-and-down season, considering it includes a no-hitter against Tampa Bay on May 10 and then a demotion to the minors on June 22.

Detmers has been sharp since returning to the big club, going 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts in July. He has allowed two runs in 17 innings with 19 strikeouts.

Detmers used his time at Triple-A Salt Lake to adjust his slider a bit, and the results have been positive.

"I've been feeling good," he said. "I made a couple tweaks a few weeks ago and ever since then I've felt back to normal. A few small tweaks changed a whole lot."

The primary difference in his slider is that he throws it harder now.

"For him to make those self-adjustments on his own, that's the mark of a frontline starter," Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said.

Detmers is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three career starts versus the Rangers.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 31, 2022

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