Nick Martinez improved to 2-0 with seven strong innings and has not allowed an earned run in 14 innings this season.
How it happened: Chirinos, batting ninth, gapped a two-run double in the third and homered an estimated 418 feet into the Angels' bullpen with two on for an 8-0 Texas lead. That proved to be plenty for Martinez, who allowed five hits and walked one.
Key play: As a general rule if Mike Trout cannot run it down, then nobody can. But in the second inning, while chasing down Chirinos’ deep drive to left-center, Trout appeared to shy away when he saw left fielder Matt Joyce coming his way on a dead run. Trout changed course and the ball skidded off his glove for a two-run double.
In control: Martinez weathered an early storm, pitching out of jams in the opening two innings. The key moment: inducing Erick Aybar’s double-play ball with the bases loaded to end the second inning.
Elvis left the yard: The Rangers finally hit their first home run of the season at Globe Life Park in Game 5, and surprise, it was Elvis Andrus clearing the wall at an estimated distance of 367 feet. Andrus ended a streak of 481 homer-less at-bats, longest in the majors, dating to last May.
Immediate results: Rangers manager Jeff Banister inserted Rougned Odor into the leadoff spot for the first time this season in an effort to shake things up and was rewarded. Odor in the first inning worked an eight-pitch walk, fouling off two pitches with two strikes, and eventually scored the game's first run on Mitch Moreland’s single. With the new lineup, only Adrian Beltre among starters was hitless.
Running Rangers: Texas came into the game having stolen only two bases in its first eight games. In the first two innings the Rangers swiped three -- one each by Odor, Andrus and Leonys Martin. All three eventually scored.
What’s next: The Rangers conclude their opening homestand with a 1:05 p.m. Wednesday matchup against the Angels at Globe Life Park. Anthony Ranaudo, a 25-year-old right-hander acquired from the Red Sox in the offseason, will make his first start for the Rangers. He will be opposed by Hector Santiago.