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Angels Romp Rangers, 15-6

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Umpire Lance Barrett #94 and Hank Conger #16 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim react as Jake Smolinski #20 of the Texas Rangers hits a two run double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 10, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

All-Star center fielder Mike Trout had a three-run homer among his four hits for the fast-starting Los Angeles Angels in a 15-6 victory over the freefalling Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

The first four Angels batters in the game had hits and scored. It all got started when Kole Calhoun had a leadoff triple into the right-field corner, then trotted home on an errant relay throw that bounced into the seats.

Calhoun had four hits and scored four times while finishing a homer shy of a cycle. He had three hits in the first three innings for the Angels, who won for the seventh time in eight games.

The Rangers have lost five straight and 19 of 22. They have the worst winning percentage in the majors at .413 with their 38-54 record.

Hector Santiago (1-7) struck out eight in six innings. The left-hander allowed four runs and five hits.

Colby Lewis (6-6) allowed a club-record 13 runs in only 2 1-3 innings. He also gave up a career-worst 13 hits in his 130th major league start, while his ERA increased by more than a full run -- from 5.51 to 6.54 -- after 11 earned runs were changed against him.

Calhoun added an RBI double in the second, again pulling the ball down the right-field line. Trout then drove in a run on a chopper for an infield hit before Albert Pujols had a sacrifice fly -- though he reached base when right fielder Alex Rios dropped the ball on the warning track for an error. Josh Hamilton, the AL MVP with the Rangers in 2010, had his second RBI double in as many innings.

Erick Aybar, added to the AL All-Star team Thursday, also had RBIs in each of the first two innings.

He drove in a run with a groundout in the first and had an RBI single in the second.

Trout's 21st homer, with one out in the third, made it 13-2 and chased Lewis.

Rangers rookie outfielder Jake Smolinski, who made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter Monday, had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice. He has hits in all three of his starts and is the first Rangers player ever with eight hits in his first four games.

NOTES: The Angels had lost eight consecutive games at Texas. ... RHP Matt West became the third player to make his major league debut this week for the Rangers. He had two scoreless innings in relief and was the 28th pitcher used this season by Texas, breaking a tie with the Angels for the most in the majors. C Chris Gimenez made it 29 when he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. ... Rangers All-Star 3B Adrian Beltre had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active in the AL. He is hitting .500 (42 of 84) his last 22 home games. ... Angels RHP Garrett Richards (10-2, 2.71), who finished second in the final five voting for the last spot on the AL All-Star team, starts Friday night against righty Nick Tepesch (3-4, 4.29).
 

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