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On Monday night, Max Scherzer, starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers, had a dominant performance against the Los Angeles Angels, allowing only one hit over seven shutout innings. As reported by Sports Illustrated, Scherzer struck out the side in the top of the first inning in a very uncommon fashion. He made his third start for Texas and continued his dominant run in the dog days of summer. According to The Dallas Morning News, Scherzer's dazzling performance helped the Rangers' starting rotation form the backbone of the team.
The Rangers employed a patient approach to support Scherzer against the left-hander Patrick Sandoval, who threw 83 pitches in 2 2/3 innings and walked six. Additionally, the Rangers' offense helped secure a 12-0 victory over the Angels with home runs from Adolis Garcia and Nate Lowe.
Rangers' extension of their lead in the American League West and their struggle for a playoff spot were helped by Scherzer's performance. Currently, the Rangers record stands at 63-57, trailing the Houston Astros by 7.5 games in the division.