Six Angels pitchers through seven hitless innings vs Rangers

Six pitchers have combined to throw seven hitless innings for the Los Angeles Angels against the Texas Rangers.

Jim Johnson opened Tuesday night’s game with 1 1/3 innings, and Noe Ramirez, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson and Jose Alvarez have followed with no-hit ball. The group has combined for seven strikeouts and three walks.

The Angels led 1-0 through 6 1/2 innings.

The Houston Astros used a record six pitchers in a no-hitter against the Yankees in 2003. Roy Oswalt started that game but was injured in the first inning.

The Angels planned to make this one a bullpen game, following a trend started by the Tampa Bay Rays this season of using relievers as openers. Los Angeles is using the strategy to cover for an injury-decimated rotation that is without Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and more. Manager Mike Scioscia used four bullpen games in August.

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