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DJ Peters Has 2 HRs, 4 Hits To Help Rangers Beat Angels 7-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DJ Peters homered twice, had a career-high four hits and drove in four runs, and Taylor Hearn pitched seven innings of seven-hit ball in the Texas Rangers' 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Peters, the former Dodgers outfielder who grew up 30 minutes north of Angel Stadium in Glendora, had the first multi-homer game of his rookie season. He hit a solo shot in the second and a three-run blast in the third before adding a single and a late double, delighting his vocal family and friends in the Anaheim stands while Texas snapped a three-game skid.

Hearn (5-4) won his third consecutive start, allowing three runs and striking out four in the longest start of his career while ending the last-place Rangers' five-game losing streak against the Angels. Hearn even struck out Shohei Ohtani twice, giving him three strikeouts of the major league homers leader in their four career matchups.

Ohtani went 0 for 4. The two-way star got a walk and his 23rd stolen base in the eighth inning, but struck out with two Angels on base to end it.

Jo Adell hit two homers for the Angels, who lost for only the third time on a nine-game homestand concluding Monday.

Janson Junk (0-1) lost his major league debut after pitching six-hit ball into the fourth inning for the Angels. His teammates let him down with two defensive misplays that could have prevented all of his five runs allowed — including four unearned runs.

Peters connected for his ninth homer leading off the second inning, but only when Angels center fielder Brandon Marsh missed a good opportunity to catch it at the fence.

Peters then blasted a two-out homer in the third on the first pitch after Angels shortstop Luis Rengifo extended the inning by blowing an easy throw to first.

Adell got the Angels' first run with a solo homer leading off the fourth, ending his 15-game homer drought. He added a two-run shot to right in the sixth for the second multi-homer game of his career.

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