The Los Angeles Angels had a brief moment of glory when they defeated their American League West divisional rivals the Texas Rangers on Saturday, but in the rubber game on Sunday they were once again hopelessly outgunned. The Angels lost by a final score of 13-6.
The Rangers picked up a run on an Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly in the first inning, but the Angels actually took the lead in the top of the second. Mark Trumbo was once again invaluable, hitting a two-run homer to put the Halos on top, 2-1.
The bottom of the third would be the ultimate back-breaker, as the Rangers reclaimed the lead with a five-run inning on a Beltre RBI single and a Nelson Cruz grand slam.
Halos ace Jered Weaver had by far his worst start of the season. Weaver was knocked out after just 3.1 innings after surrendering eight runs on 10 hits.
The Rangers stretched the lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run Josh Hamilton double. RBI hits by Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus would push that lead all the way out to 10-2. Vernon Wells led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run. RBI hits by Maicer Izturis and Albert Pujols in the same inning would cut the lead to 10-5, but the Rangers got all three of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh, with RBI hits by Mitch Moreland and Hamilton and an RBI groundout from Ian Kinsler.
The Angels would add one more run in the ninth, on a two-out Kendrys Morales solo shot.
Trumbo was 3-for-4 with a walk. Alberto Callaspo and Howie Kendrick were the only Angels starters to not pick up a hit. Pujols was 1-for-5. Michael Young and David Murphy were the only Rangers in the starting lineup without an RBI. Murphy was the only starter for the Rangers to go hitless.
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