ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 21: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 21, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Angels Win Series With Texas As Weaver And Bullpen Shutout Rangers, 1-0

Thursday's pitching duel saw the Angels come out on top 1-0.

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Angels Shutout Rangers 1-0

Jered Weaver and the Angels came out on top in a sensational pitchers’ duel Thursday afternoon against the Texas Rangers. Using an unearned run and a brilliant performance by their ace and bullpen, the Angels managed to sneak a 1-0 win by the Rangers. The win moves the Halos to within three games of the the AL West division leading Rangers.

Weaver (13-4) went seven innings, scattering 7 hits, while striking out 6 and walking two. The cross-firing right-hander was only in trouble once, in the 6th inning the Rangers loaded the bases with two outs, but Weaver struck out Mithch Moreland to end the threat and keep the shutout intact. The seven scoreless innings pitched by Weaver lowers his AL leading ERA to 1.81, a third of a run better than second place Josh Beckett.

It was a tough lose for Rangers’ starter CJ Wilson. Wilson (10-4) went 8 innings without allowing an earned run, but was the victim of the Texas defenses’ 76th error of the season. Only the Oakland Athletics have made more errors (77) in 2011. The only hits Wilson allowed were a lead-off single to Mark Trumbo in the fifth and a two-out double to Maicer Izturis in the eighth. Wilson also struck out 8 and walked one.

The Angels sole run scored when center fielder Endy Chavez misplay a routine, two-out flyball in the second which allowed Howie Kendrick to score from second base. Kendrick had gotten on base after being hit by a Wilson breaking ball with one out. Kendrick advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Mike Trout’s misplayed flyball for the lone run of the game.

Scott Downs pitched a perfect 8th before giving way to rookie Jordan Walden in the ninth. Walden’s 23 save is the new rookie record for saves in a season, besting Ken Tatum’s 22 saves in 1969.

The Angels and Rangers have now split the season series with 3 wins apiece. The two clubs will face each other another 10 times, including three in Anaheim to end of the season.


Angels Look To Build On Dramatic Win, Close In On Rangers

The Angels hope Wednesday's dramatic come-from-behind victory will be the type of win that could turn things around for the recently struggling club.  Last night's 9-8 Halo win put an end to the Rangers' 12-game winning streak, while also reviving the Angels quest to remain in contention in the AL West.  Heading into the All-Star break, the Angels had won 8 straight series while compiling a 19-6 record and cutting the Rangers lead to one game.  However, that changed once the break ended as the club had dropped four of five, falling 5 games back before stunning the Rangers with a 6-run 6th inning Wednesday.

Angels' ace Jered Weaver (12-4, 1.90 ERA) will look to continue his own 6-game win streak as he'll try to contain the hot-hitting Ranger offense in the final game of their 3-game series.  Over his last 10 starts, Weaver has compiled a stellar 6-0 record by holding opponents to a .191 batting average.  In those 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed more than 3 run just once and lowering his league leading ERA from 2.35 to 1.90.  Over his career, Weaver has faced the Rangers 22 times, the most of any team in the majors.  In those 22 games, he has gone 8-5 with a 3.38 ERA and has never lost to the Rangers in Anaheim.

The Rangers turn to CJ Wilson (10-3, 3.11 ERA) to get them back into the win column.  The left-hander has his own 6-game win streak on the line, while Texas has won each of Wilson's last five starts against Los Angeles.  The Southern California native is 0-1 in two career starts in Anaheim.

Who's Hot - Last 14 Days:
Alberto Callaspo - 13 for his last 29 (.448)
Erick Aybar - 13 for his last 39 (.333), 4 2B, 2 HR
Mark Trumbo - 10 for his last 35 (.286), 2 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI

Mike Napoli - 11 for his last 20 (.550), 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Eddy Chavez - 9 for his last 24 (.375)
Josh Hamilton - 14 for his last 40 (.350), 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI
Ian Kinsler - 13 for his last 42 (.310), 4 2B, 3 HR

Who's Cold - Last 14 Days:
Bobby Abreu - 5 for his last 34 (.147)
Maicer Izturis - 2 for his last 22 (.091)

Nelson Cruz - 5 for his last 35 (.143), 10K
Mitch Moreland - 5 for his lat 32 (.156)

Game time is 12:35 (PDT) and will be show on Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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