Jun 3, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Michael Young (10) follows through on a run-scoring single as Los Angeles Angels catcher John Hester (41) watches at Angel Stadium. The Rangers defeated the Angels 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Angels Vs. Rangers: Los Angeles Captures Series, Falls Short Of Sweep

The Los Angeles Angels played a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at the Big A. The Halos kept their hot streak alive by taking two of three from the first-place Rangers.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Final Score: Halos Drop Series Finale, 7-3

The Los Angeles Angels managed to take two of three from the first-place Texas Rangers over the weekend, but they failed to secure the sweep as they were defeated on Sunday by a final score of 7-3.

Elvis Andrus hit an RBI double in the top of the third inning to get the Rangers on the board. Michael Young put the Rangers up 2-0 in the top of the fifth with a two-out RBI infield single.

Erick Aybar hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 2-1. The Rangers got the run back in the top of the sixth on an RBI groundout by Ian Kinsler, but the Halos once again cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the frame as John Hester led off with a home run.

Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to put the Rangers on top for good, but the Angels managed to pick up one more run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Mike Trout that made it 5-3. The Rangrs plated two final runs in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Mike Napoli and Andrus.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Final Score: Halos Hang On for 3-2 Win In Exceedingly Odd Game

The Los Angeles Angels were hoping to make an impression against their first-place rivals the Texas Rangers and they have done just that. After a 3-2 victory on Saturday night, the Halos have taken the first two games of this series against the current leaders in the American League West.

The Angels scored their first run in this bizarre game in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Albert Pujols scored on a fielding error by third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Rangers tied things up in the top of the seventh on a David Murphy sacrifice fly.

The Angels went ahead in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Alberto Callaspo, then went ahead 3-1 on a sacrifice fly by Kendrys Morales to right field that scored Mike Trout. The throw from right fielder Nelson Cruz and tag by catcher Yorvit Torrealba resulted in a bang-bang play that even replays showed inconclusive. Trout was called safe and Torrealba went ballistic and was immediately tossed from the game.

The Rangers cut the Angels lead to 3-2 in the top of the eighth. As Michael Young singled to right field and Elvis Andrus was going first-to-third, Torii Hunter made an ill-advised throw to third that skipped into the crowd, allowing Andrus to score.That was as close as the Rangers would get, however.

The game was hardly terrific baseball, as the two teams combined for four errors in the game (three by Texas). The two starting pitchers were terrific, however. Yu Darvish went 6.1 innings for the Rangers and was charged with two earned runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven. C.J. Wilson went six innings for the Angels, giving up no runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Ernesto Frieri continued his lights-out performance, pitching a four-out save that included three strikeouts. Frieri allowed the bases to be loaded for Josh Hamilton, but he struck out Hamilton on three pitches to end the game.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Final Score: Halos Come From Behind To Win, 4-2

The Los Angeles Angels appear to finally be firing on all cylinders. On Friday night, they kicked off a three-game series against the first place Texas Rangers and managed to pick up the win in come-from-behind fashion by a final score of 4-2.

The Rangers got on the board in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Adrian Beltre. Mike Napoli added another RBI single in the top of the fourth to put Texas on top 2-0.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis had only allowed one Angels hit before the bottom of the sixth inning. John Hester led off the sixth with a double and came in to score on an RBI triple by Mike Trout. Trout scored on an Albert Pujols sacrifice fly as the Angels tied things up 2-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Angels took the lead for good on a two-out, two-RBI single by Trout, who drove in three of the four Angels runs.

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Dan Haren Likely To Start Sunday Finale For Angels Vs. Rangers

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia planned to use Thursday's off day to give his starting pitchers an extra day of rest, but Jered Weaver's back injury has thrown a wrench into those plans. Though it is not yet official, expect Dan Haren to start the series finale for the Halos on Sunday against the Texas Rangers, on regular rest.

Haren allowed one run in seven innings to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, and in his last two starts has 21 strikeouts and no walks in 16 innings. If Haren comes out of his bullpen session with no problems, he will get the start on Sunday afternoon, against Matt Harrison for Texas. Here are the probable starters for the weekend American League West showdown in Anaheim:

The Angels recalled Garrett Richards on Tuesday when Weaver was placed on the disabled list. Richards will be available in the bullpen for the next few games, perhaps through Saturday if his turn in the rotation comes on Tuesday. The Angels could start Ervin Santana, who is pitching Wednesday night against the Yankees, on Monday against the Seattle Mariners on regular rest, or they could give him an extra day and have him pitch Tuesday. Richards figures to start one of those two games, the one that Santana does not pitch.

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter missed 16 games while in Texas with his family dealing with his son's arrest on sexual assault charges, but was 1-for-4 in his return to the Angels on Tuesday night. Manager Mike Scioscia held Hunter out of the lineup on Wednesday, as he is easing Hunter back in, but Hunter will play on Friday against Texas.

"I thought he looked great. He really ran well down the line, and looked good in right field. He came out of it okay," said Scioscia. "He'll get back into the swing of things."

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