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Angels Vs. Rangers: Nelson Cruz Powers Texas To 11-7 Win

The Los Angeles Angels had their six-game winning streak snapped Friday night with an 11-7 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The Rangers hold a three-game lead in the American League West. In many ways, the game was a microcosm of the American League this season.

Texas built a big lead early, up to 11-0 in the sixth inning. Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and drove in six runs for the Rangers. Eight days ago, the Rangers were three outs away from building an eight-game lead over the Halos, only to see the Angels win six straight games to pull within two games.

Dan Haren allowed seven runs in under five innings for the second time this season, and took the loss to fall to 13-7.

Tonight, the Angels rallied for seven runs in the final three innings, though it was too little, too late. Russell Branyan hit a three-run pinch home run in the eighth inning and Howie Kendrick hit a two-run shot in the ninth to pull the Angels within four runs. Hopefully their season won't have a similar ending.

Ervin Santana starts on three-days rest Saturday for the Angels, facing C.J. Wilson of the Rangers.

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