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OC Register: Angels finally put everything together, blow out Rangers


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ANAHEIM — The Angels enjoyed a brief respite from their miserable finish to the season on Tuesday night.

For one of the rare moments in this nightmarish second half, everything went right for the Angels in a 9-3 victory over the first-place Texas Rangers.

Left-hander Reid Detmers gave up one run on four hits in seven innings, striking out seven.

Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer, his 24th of the season, in the first inning. It was the first of his three hits. The Angels added five runs in the fifth, when they strung together six hits.

Randal Grichuk, Logan O’Hoppe and Jo Adell had two hits apiece in the blowout victory.

Adell is now hitting .267 (8 for 30) with an .866 OPS in eight games since he came off the injured list last week.

Although Detmers could pitch once more if the Angels want him to work on four days of rest in the season finale on Sunday afternoon, if Tuesday was the end of his season it was a positive finish.

Detmers, who said in spring training his goal was to win 20 games, is now 4-10, with a 4.48 ERA.

However, he posted a 2.41 ERA over his last seven starts, including two victories over the Rangers, who have the best offense in the American League.

Detmers took a no-hitter into the eighth in a victory over the Rangers in August, which was the first game in this seven-game stretch.

One of the keys in September for Detmers has been increased use of his changeup, which was an accommodation to a blister that impacted his slider.

In this outing, he threw 16 changeups and 16 sliders among his 100 pitches. When he beat the Rangers last month, he threw 28 sliders and only two changeups. The ability to win with different pitch mixes is critical for Detmers to develop the ability to work deep into games and beat teams that have seen him before.

More to come on this story.

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