The Rangers, who surrendered a six-run inning the last time they took the field Wednesday in Oakland, were the victim of a five-run inning in Anaheim Friday night as the Angels beat Texas, 6-5.
A two-out rally in the ninth fell short after a double by Leonys Martin and an RBI single by Elvis Andrus cut a Ranger deficit in half. Ian Kinsler struck out to end the game.
After Ranger starter Matt Garza worked through three innings on just 27 pitches, the Angels got to him in the fourth inning. Three straight Angel hits led off the inning, including an RBI single from Mike Trout.
The Angels totaled six hits in the inning, the most important of which being a three-run blast to left-center off the bat of Mark Trumbo.
Garza tossed 31 pitches in the frame, more than doubling his pitch count to that point.
Los Angeles struck again in the fifth inning. Trout hit a chopper to second base, and Ian Kinsler made a throwing error on the play. Erick Aybar, who doubled to lead off the fifth, scored on the play to make it 6-3 in favor of the Angels.
Aybar’s run was an unearned run on Garza’s ledger.
All of the Angel offense came after the Rangers built a 3-0 lead through three innings against Angel starter C.J. Wilson.
Alex Rios put Texas on the board first with his third home run as a Ranger, which sailed over the left-center field wall at Angel Stadium. The one-out, solo blast was homer no. 15 on the season for Rios, including his time with the White Sox.
Rios was two-for-two Friday, recording his third multi-RBI game as a Ranger.
The Rangers strung together three hits in the third inning, including back-to-back RBI singles by A.J. Pierzynski and Rios that extended the Ranger lead to three.
Entering Friday’s game, Wilson had not pitched well against the Rangers since leaving Texas after the 2011 season.
Seven Rangers entered the contest batting .333 or better against Wilson. Wilson recorded a 7.65 ERA against his former club in 2012, and his first start against the Rangers in 2013 saw the lefty surrender six runs on 11 hits in just four innings.
But the six-and-two-thirds innings, four earned runs, seven hits, and three walks were enough to earn his first win against his former team Friday night.
Elvis Andrus launched his second home run of the season into the left field seats in the seventh inning. The solo blast chased C.J. from the game.
Texas put runners on first and second with no one out in the sixth inning against Wilson, but Jeff Baker grounded into a double play and Craig Gentry popped out to first to end the threat.
Mitch Moreland hit a bullet right at first baseman Mark Trumbo with Rios standing on second base and a two-run deficit in the eighth inning.
Garza recorded three-up, three-down innings in the sixth and seventh frames, but the damage was done with the six runs (five earned) allowed through five innings.
Garza has allowed four or more earned runs in six of his nine starts for the Rangers since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. He has also thrown at least seven innings seven times in those nine starts.
Cory Rasmus, Dane De La Rosa, and Ernesto Frieri combined to shut out the Ranger bats over the final two-and-a-third innings. Frieri recorded save no. 31 in the win, despite allowing one earned run.
Neal Cotts was the lone Ranger to pitch in relief of Garza, throwing a scoreless eighth inning.
The loss was the second straight for Texas. The second game of a three-game set with Los Angeles is slated for Saturday night, with a first pitch at 8:05 p.m.