Mickey Moniak and Zach Neto both hit home runs and drove in three runs as the Los Angeles Angels ended the Texas Rangers' season-best streak of five straight wins with a 7-2 victory.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mickey Moniak and Zach Neto both hit home runs and scored three runs as the Los Angeles Angels ended the Texas Rangers' season-best streak of five straight wins with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday night.

Neto finished a three-run homer before the cycle for the Angels, who had lost four straight and eight of nine games. He and Moniak gave Los Angeles five hits and three runs off the bottom two batters in the lineup.

“It's a long process and a long season. Up until now, it hasn't gone the way I wanted it to. That's in the past,” said Moniak, who has a .198 batting average with five home runs. “The only thing I can do is focus on my work and get better every day and get back to being the baseball player I can be.”

Moniak, the No. 9 hitter, hit a three-run shot in the second inning to make it 4-0. Neto added an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run homer in the eighth inning, his 12th of the year.

Angels starter Griffin Canning pitched well until the fifth inning, when he allowed a two-run homer to Leody Taveras with no outs. After getting Travis Jankowski to ground out, Canning loaded the bases with two consecutive singles and a walk before being tagged out.

Hans Crouse struck out rookie Wyatt Langford and batter Adolis García to end the inning. Crouse (1-0) then managed a hitless sixth inning to earn his first major league win.

“It feels good,” said Crouse, who grew up in nearby Dana Point. “It's a really cool feeling for me that it happened at home, growing up here. Having my grandfather, wife and son in the stands makes it even more special. I was just trying to do my job and minimize the damage. Honestly, I wanted to get a double-play ball and get out of the inning, but to get the two strikeouts and then throw a scoreless inning was pretty damn cool. It's a special moment for me, one I'll never forget.”

Langford also struck out Hunter Strickland with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning. García, the MVP of last year's AL Championship Series, hit a pop-up against José Marte to end the inning.

Earlier in the day, García was added to the Home Run Derby to represent the host Rangers in next week's All-Star festivities. García is the only one of the event's eight batters not selected for the All-Star Game.

Texas starter Michael Lorenzen (5-5) allowed five runs and five hits in five innings. He allowed four walks and struck out three times.

“He just wasn't in time,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “His release point was a little off. He struggled with it and didn't finish strong. He let a couple of guys walk and hit a batter. He'll tell you that's a recipe for something bad to happen. Offensively, we had guys on the field and did some good things, we just didn't get the hit.”


Angels star Mike Trout and his wife Jessica welcomed a baby boy named Jordy Michael on June 30, Trout announced on social media. This is the couple's second child. Trout has played in just 29 games this season due to a torn meniscus, but is aiming to return in late July.


Angels outfielder Jo Adell sat out because of a virus.


Rangers: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-9, 3.80 ERA) starts Friday night in Houston.

Angels: RHP Jack Kochanowicz will make his major league debut on Thursday night against Seattle. The 6-foot-4 Kochanowicz was selected in the third round of the 2019 draft.



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