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Matt Harvey suffers third straight rough outing in Angels’ loss

The Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera slides home to score as Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy waits on a late throw during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn (35) throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 17: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels first bumps Zack Cozart #7 after scoring in the second inning against the Texas Rangersat Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) prepares to score against the Texas Rangers on a hit by Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) scores in front of Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) on a hit by Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields (3) flips his bat after making a fly out against the Los Angeles Angels to end the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) visits with starting pitcher Lance Lynn (35) after the base were loaded against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 17: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels gets the throw ahead of the steal attempt by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) prepares to tag out Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) for the last out of the first inning during a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) is pulled from the game against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 17: Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers hits a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 17: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers slides into third for two-run triple against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 17, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Angels relief pitcher Ty Buttrey composes himself after allowing a run against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Matt Harvey has not made the kind of first impression he or the Angels had hoped.
A promising outing for Harvey ended up as his third straight disappointing game, and the Angels lost 5-4 to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
The Angels had a chance to overcome Harvey’s rough start, loading the bases with no outs in the ninth, down by two, but they scored just one run. Justin Bour was called out on strikes on a pitch that appeared to be outside, for the first out of the inning. A run scored when Andrelton Simmons grounded into a fielder’s choice at third, then Brian Goodwin struck out.
The Angels were swept by the Rangers.
They had a 2-0 lead after three innings on Wednesday, having put consistent pressure on Texas starter Lance Lynn, but it all started to go wrong after that.
Harvey gave up an unearned run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth, a performance that left his ERA at 9.64 after four games. He has allowed 20 earned runs in 18-2/3 innings.
Harvey gave up two runs in six innings in his first start, but he has since had three rough outings.
In each of the bad games, he’s mostly been burned by one inning. He gave up five runs in the first inning on April 4, three runs in the second inning on April 9 and then four runs in the fifth on Wednesday.
That spoiled what had been, up to that point, an encouraging outing.
Harvey faced the minimum nine hitters through three innings, allowing just a single. In the fourth, he gave up an unearned run, with second baseman Tommy La Stella kicking a ground ball with two outs to allow the run to score.
Harvey took the mound in the fifth with a 2-1 lead, facing the bottom of the Rangers’ order, and the wheels fell off.
Asdrubal Cabrera lined a single on a good slider at the bottom of the zone. Harvey then hung a slider that Logan Forsythe yanked into left field. Isiah Kiner-Falefa dumped a first-pitch fastball into center field, driving in a run.
After Delino DeShields bunted to move the runners into scoring position, Shin-Soo Choo turned on an inside fastball and pulled it down the right field line for a triple, ending his night. One more run was added to Harvey’s line when Ty Buttrey gave up an RBI double to Danny Santana, putting the Angels behind 5-2.
The Angels could not get those runs back, although there were some encouraging signs from the offense.
Andrelton Simmons had his second straight two-hit game. Jonathan Lucroy also had two hits. Zack Cozart had two hard outs and a single. Bour doubled. La Stella, who had hit a flyout with the bases loaded in the third, hit a solo homer in the eighth.
More to come on this story.
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