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OC Register: Angels blown out in another rough game for José Suarez


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ANAHEIM — A week after José Suarez gave the Angels and their fans reason to believe he’d solved his issues, everything came crashing down around him again.

The embattled lefty gave up seven runs and then left with an injury in the third inning of the Angels’ 16-8 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

There was no immediate word on the nature or the severity of the injury, but a trip to injured list for Suarez would save the Angels a discussion about what to do with him.

Suarez now has a 9.62 ERA after six starts. He has allowed 37 hits, including nine homers, in 24-1/3 innings. The Angels seemed to be ready to pull the plug on his spot in the rotation after he gave up seven runs against the Oakland A’s on April 24, but Manager Phil Nevin said they believed there was hope to give him another try.

Suarez responded with five scoreless innings in a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

On Sunday, though, Suarez got through a shaky first inning on 26 pitches. He took the mound in the second with a three-run lead — thanks to Anthony Rendon’s first homer in nearly a year — but he gave those runs right back.

Suarez allowed a two-run homer to Ezequiel Duran in the second and then a two-run homer to Josh Smith in the third.

After Smith circled the bases, Suarez seemed to indicate something didn’t feel right with his arm, and he left the game.

Even after Suarez was out of the game, it was still an ugly performance for the Angels pitchers.

Chase Silseth made it through 3-1/3 innings, but he was charged with six runs. Only three of them were earned because the Angels made two errors on one play in the fourth.

With the infield in, Rendon bobbled a grounder before throwing home. Catcher Matt Thaiss then couldn’t keep the ball in his glove, allowing two runs to score.

Silseth and Chris Devenski combed to allow five runs in the seventh as the Rangers put the game out of reach.

Angels pitchers gave up 30 runs in the three games this weekend against the Rangers, including 26 in losses on Saturday and Sunday.

Outfielder Brett Phillips finished on the mound on Saturday, and infielder Jake Lamb worked the ninth inning on Sunday.

That spoiled what was a nice offensive day for the Angels, starting with Rendon’s homer.

Rendon had gone 153 plate appearances without a homer, dating back to May 17, 2022. He hurt his wrist shortly after that, missing almost all of the rest of the season, and he had started this season without a homer. Rendon also drove in a run with a single and he walked twice.

Thaiss had three hits. Taylor Ward had a hit and two walks. Shohei Ohtani had two hits and a walk.

The Angels had chances to get back in the game, but they left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings. Both times Hunter Renfroe made the final out of the inning.

More to come on this story.

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