Texas Rangers surrender 8th grand slam, one shy of franchise record, in loss to Angels

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The Los Angeles Angels scored seven runs in the fourth inning, including four on Jared Walsh’s grand slam, to beat the Texas Rangers 8-5 Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Gibson was chased after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on five hits, four walks and and a hit batter in four innings. He surrendered the grand slam, which is the eighth allowed by Rangers pitchers this season. That’s in 54 games of a pandemic-shortened season. They allowed a franchise record nine grand slams in 1988.

Texas has six games remaining, including two in Arizona before finishing with a four-game series against the Astros at Globe Life Field.

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered in the first inning to give Texas a lead. It’s the third consecutive game the Rangers have homered in the first inning for the first time since 2004. Texas also added a run in the second on Anderson Tejeda’s double and Nick Solak’s single in the third to take a 3-1 lead before the Angels exploded in the fourth.

Derek Dietrich’s two-run homer in the sixth pulled Texas to within 8-6.

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