ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels delivered an early knockout blow with 13 runs in the opening three innings and cruised to a 15-6 victory over the slumping Texas Rangers before 30,686 Thursday night at Globe Life Park.
Texas, now 16 games under .500, lost its fifth in a row and has won only three of its past 22.
Mike Trout led the Angels with four hits, including his 21st home run, and drove in four.
Dubious record: A Rangers pitcher had never allowed more than 12 runs in a game -- until the Angels rocked Colby Lewis for 13 in 2⅓ innings. John Burkett and Charlie Hough, the two Rangers who allowed 12 in 1999 and 1986, respectively, can now rest easy as they slip from atop the list.
By the scoreboard clock, it took nine minutes for the Angels to open a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.
Lewis allowed 13 hits (one shy of the club record), but the defensive play behind him didn’t inspire much confidence. Second baseman Adam Rosales hopped a throw into the stands, turning Kole Calhoun’s leadoff triple into a run. First baseman Carlos Pena fumbled a ground ball when he appeared to have a play at the plate. In the Angels’ six-run second inning, Rangers right fielder Alex Rios gloved and then dropped Albert Pujols' fly to right that carried to the wall. Rios was charged with an error, making two of the runs in the inning unearned.
Speed and power: Trout had hits in his first two at-bats without getting the ball out of the infield. A big swing in the first generated a 40-foot dribbler. An inning later, Trout’s speed allowed him to leg out a ground ball to short. But on his third look at Lewis, Trout launched a 407-foot three-run home run over the center-field wall, the knockout blow for the Rangers' pitcher.
Hard feelings: Former Ranger Josh Hamilton was greeted with boos when introduced in the first inning and promptly doubled high off the right-field wall, the first of three doubles for the Angels' cleanup hitter. Hamilton turned boos to cheers in the third when he went down swinging. Feelings are still pretty raw about his "not really a baseball town" remark in reference to Arlington.
Rolling along: Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single. It is the longest Rangers streak since Elvis Andrus hit in 16 straight last season. Beltre added to his club lead with his 13th home run in the sixth, squeezing one over the wall in the right-field corner. He finished his evening with his third hit, a single in the ninth.
Riding the wave: The incredible start for Rangers rookie outfielder Jake Smolinski continues. His two-run double in the first inning, followed by a single in the fourth and another RBI double in the ninth, made him the first Ranger to have eight hits in his first four games. He finished with three RBIs and scored twice. Smolinski came into the game as the first Ranger since Brandon Boggs in 2008 to have as many as five hits in his first three games.
Mopping up: Long reliever Roman Mendez put the brakes on the Angels' assault, checking them on one hit in 2⅔ innings. That’s two scoreless outings for Mendez in two major league appearances.
Matt West, promoted from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day, retired six straight in his major league debut.
Finishing it off was catcher Chris Gimenez, the second Rangers position player to pitch this season and the seventh in club history. He retired all three he faced and got a strikeout.
Up next: The Rangers and Angels meet in the second matchup of a four-game series at 7:05 Friday with Nick Tepesch (3-4, 4.29 ERA) facing off against right-hander Garrett Richards (10-2, 2.71 ERA) at Globe Life Park on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.