Ward’s 3-run homer, 5 RBIs lead Angels over Rangers 9-8

Los Angeles Angels’ Juan Lagares (19) and Jose Rojas (18) celebrate after they both scored off of a single hit by Taylor Ward during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Ward hit a three-run homer in the first inning and had a career-high five RBIs, leading Los Angeles over the Texas Rangers 9-8 in the finale of a 10-game homestand that saw the Angels lose Mike Trout to an injury for at least eight weeks. Ward hit a drive to right-center on a slider from Dane Dunning  in a five-run first and drove in a pair of runs with a bloop single in a four-run fifth that boosted the lead to 9-1. Ward had the third three-hit game of his big league career, his second against the Rangers.