Aug 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher David Carpenter (52) reacts in the dugout after getting pulled in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Angels Vs. Rangers: Halos Have To Settle For Series Split

The Halos were forced to settle for a series split in Arlington. At the end of their big series they leave Texas just as they entered it -- five games out of first place.

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Angels Vs. Texas Final Score: Halos Can't Keep Pace In 15-9 Loss

The Los Angeles Angels had big plans for their four-game series against the first-place Texas Rangers. For the first two games of the series, it appeared as though those plans would come to fruition. However, after a pair of nightmare slugfests that once again exposed the thin bullpen, the Angels were forced to stand pat, splitting the four-game series and neither losing nor gaining ground on the Rangers in the American League West. On Thursday, the Angels eventually dropped an offense-fueled affair by a final score of 15-9.

In the top of the first inning, a sacrifice fly from Albert Pujols and the 28th home run of the year from Mark Trumbo staked the Angels to a quick 2-0 lead. Ian Kinsler answered back with a solo home run in the bottom of the first to cut the Halos' lead in half.

The Rangers hung a five-spot on their former pitcher C.J. Wilson in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to RBI singles from Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young to put Texas ahead, 6-2. Pujols hit an RBI double in the top of the third to get one of those runs back. In the fourth, a Kendrys Morales homer and RBI groundout from Bobby Wilson brought the Angels to within a run. An RBI single from Torii Hunter drove in two runs and put Los Angeles back on top, 7-6.

Nelson Cruz belted a home run in the bottom of the fourth to tie things up again. In the top of the fifth, Morales hit a big RBI double to put the Halos on top, 8-7. It would be the last time the Angels would lead in the game and it would only last until the bottom of the sixth, when Elvis Andrus doubled home Kinsler to tie things up.

The bottom of the seventh proved to be the back-breaker as the Rangers once again got to the Angels bullpen. Mitch Moreland singled on a bloop to drive in the go-ahead run. Andrus and Hamilton followed up with RBI hits to drive in three more and make it 12-8 Texas.

The Rangers kept going in the eighth, with Geovany Soto and David Murphy picking up RBI hits and making it 15-8. Alberto Callaspo hit a two-out home run in the top of the ninth. Howie Kendrick singled off of Joe Nathan and Chris Iannetta followed that up with a walk and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Unfortunately, Maicer Izturis struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

Wilson make it just 5.1 innings, striking out seven but giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and three walks as his 10th win once again eluded him.

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Angels Vs. Rangers: Albert Pujols Homers Twice, But Bullpen Blows Leads In 11-10 Loss

Despite two home runs by Albert Pujols and a pair of late leads, the Los Angeles Angels fell on Wednesday night to the Texas Rangers 11-10 in 10 innings. The Halos' bullpen blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning, then a three-run lead in the 10th.

The Angels, so close to being two games behind Texas in the American League West, are now four game back.

Pujols homered twice on the night and drove in four runs, including a two-run shot in the third inning, when the Angels rallied for six runs against Yu Darvish. The Angels added another run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Torrii Hunter, one of two doubles on the night for Hunter.

The Rangers scored four runs in the sixth inning to chase Angels starter Garrett Richards and pull within 7-5.

David Murphy's RBI single in the eighth inning pulled the Rangers to within 7-6, then Ian Kinsler homered in the ninth off Ernesto Frieri to tie the game at 7-7.

Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run in the 10th inning, and Pujols followed with a two-run shot to give the Halos a 10-7 lead. But Frieri gave up a second home run to start the 10th, to Nelson Cruz to pull within 10-8. After the next two batters reached with an error and a walk, Frieri was pulled in favor of Jason Isringhausen.

Two more singles pulled the Rangers to within 10-9, and Texas had the bases loaded with nobody out. Isringhausen got Kinsler to pop out in the infield for one out, but Elvis Andrus hit a two-run single down the left field line for a Texas win.

The Angels on the night had three home runs, eight walks, and struck out 16 times in 49 plate appearances, a three true outcome percentage of 55.1%. It was just the third time in Angels history that they struck out at least 14 times and walked eight times in a game in franchise history.

C.J. Wilson starts the series finale for the Angels on Thursday night, against Matt Harrison for Texas.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Final Score: Jered Weaver, Albert Pujols Lead Halos To 6-2 Victory

Two games in Arlington down, two to go. The Los Angeles Angels are right where they want to be so far, having taken the first two games of their four-game series against the first-place Texas Rangers. Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver was again excellent for the Halos, taking a perfect game into the fifth inning as the Angels picked up the 6-2 win.

Albert Pujols opened the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. Mike Trout and Pujols each hist solo home runs in the sixth to make it 4-0 Angels. Pujols' second homer was his 20th of the season, but it was also the 465th of his career, tying him with Dave Winfield for 31st place on the all-time list. Trout's homer, meanwhile, was his 10th in July, making him only the second Angels rookie to belt 10 homers in a month, joining Wally Joyner.

Torii Hunter hit a two-run RBI double in the seventh inning to make it 6-0 Angels. David Murphy finally got the Rangers on the board with a two-run double in the seventh, but that would be it for Texas' offense.

Weaver improved to 14-1 with a 2.29 ERA by allowing two runs on five hits and a walk in 6.1 innings pitched.

The Angels have secured at least a series split, but they will try ensure a series win with a victory on Wednesday.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Final Score: Kendrys Morales Helps Halos Obliterate Texas, 15-8

The Los Angeles Angels spent Saturday and Sunday unable to score a single run against the Tampa Bay Rays. They spent Monday stomping all over the Texas Rangers, making a massive statement to open this big four-game series and picking up the win by a final score of 15-8.

Angels starter Ervin Santana didn't need to worry about getting enough run support for once. Maicer Izturis hit a home run in the second inning to stake the Halos to an early lead, but they fell behind 2-1 in the bottom of the second after a Michael Young sacrifice fly and an RBI double from David Murphy.

Los Angeles jumped ahead again in the top of the third with a two-run homer from Mike Trout; his 17th of the season. Josh Hamilton answered back in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run to tie it up, 3-3.

The massive inning in the game -- the one where things really got out of hand -- was the nine-run sixth inning, which was highlighted by Kendrys Morals hitting two home runs in the inning -- the second being a grand slam. Morales becomes the first player since Juan Uribe in 2010 to pick up six RBI in an inning and joins Mark Bellhorn and Carlos Baerga as only the third player in MLB history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in one inning. The only other Angels player to hit two homers in one inning? Rick Reichardt in 1966. Morales joins Garrett Anderson as the only Angels players to have 6 RBI in one game three or more times. This is the 13th time an Angels player homered from both sides of the plate in one game. Six of those instances were by the great Chili Davis.

Bobby Wilson and Trout also had RBI hits in the sixth inning and when the smoke cleared, the Angels had a 12-3 lead. It was the eighth time this season that the Angels batted around, but they set a season-high mark with eight hits in the inning.

Young hit a sacrifice fly for Texas in the bottom of the sixth to make it 12-4, but the Angels scored another three runs in the seventh, thanks to a bases-loaded walk to Torii Hunter and a two-run single from Albert Pujols which made it 15-4.

Nelson Cruz blasted a massive two-run homer to dead-center field to bring the Rangers to within nine runs and Mike Napoli hit an opposite-field home run in the eighth to make it 15-7. In the bottom of the ninth, Nelson Cruz managed a two-strike, two-out RBI double, but the Rangers couldn't hope to close the gap any further.

Santana picked up the rare win by allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings.

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Angels Vs. Rangers Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

As far as late-July baseball goes, it doesn't get much bigger than this four-game series. The Angels will visit the Rangers in Arlington and try to gain significant ground in the AL West.

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