Tough glove for Rangers: Error costly in 1-0 loss
Wilson's two-hit gem for naught as second-inning flub saddles Rangers with second straight loss
07/21/2011 11:23 PM
07/22/2011 11:50 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The last time the Texas Rangers found themselves mulling a similar defeat was nearly 27 years ago, this time at Angel Stadium.
Mike Witt threw a perfect game for California that day, the last day of the 1984 season in Arlington, and the only run in the game was scored in large part due to a passed ball on Donnie Scott.
Jered Weaver wasn't perfect Thursday, and his team is now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Though they play in the same park, it sure looks a lot different.
But Weaver and the Angels repeated the bottom-line result from Sept. 30, 1984, beating the Rangers 1-0 with an unearned run to take the three-game series.
C.J. Wilson tossed a two-hitter, but Endy Chavez dropped a line drive with two outs in the second inning to allow Howie Kendrick to score the game's lone run.
Wilson and Chavez shared the blame for the Rangers' second straight loss after a 12-game winning streak. Wilson had hit Kendrick in the foot with a pitch with one out, and Chavez just flat clanked Mike Trout's drive into right-center field.
"I hit a guy in the foot today with a frickin' 0-2 slider. I'm not happy about that," Wilson said. "If I don't hit that guy in the foot, even if we do make the error, no one's on base and we get out of the inning. That's my fault."
Said Chavez: "I just missed the ball. No excuse. No nothing."
The victory allowed the Angels to climb within three games of the first-place Rangers in the American League West. The teams play 10 more times this season, with seven of them in Orange County.
The Rangers went 5-2 on their seven-game road trip, with both losses by one run. They return home for a seven-game homestand tonight against Toronto and Minnesota.
"We can't expect to win all the time," left fielder Josh Hamilton said. "But you hate to lose the last two the way we lost them."
Weaver (13-4) allowed seven hits in seven-plus innings, throwing 122 pitches, but the Rangers had a runner in scoring position in only two innings against him.
Elvis Andrus and Hamilton were at second and first with one out in the first, but Andrus was thrown out trying to steal third. He argued the call by Jim Wolf, claiming that he was never tagged by Alberto Callaspo.
Weaver got the first two outs in the sixth on just three pitches, but the next three Rangers reached on a double, intentional walk and infield hit.
That brought up Mitch Moreland, who swung through a high fastball for the final out.
The Angels, meanwhile, had only two base runners get to second base -- Kendrick in the second and Maicer Izturis after a two-out double in the eighth.
Wilson, who threw 112 pitches, struck out eight and walked one in his second complete game of the season. The Angels didn't have a hit until Mark Trumbo singled to start the fifth.
"C.J. certainly pitched well enough to win a ballgame, but we just didn't put any runs on the board," manager Ron Washington said. "It was two good pitchers who battled today."
The Rangers are 4-5 against the Angels this season. They play again Aug. 15-18.
"We're through with the Angels for now," Washington said. "We both are competitive teams. They can play, just like we can play. They took two out of three. We'll move on. We've got Toronto and Minnesota to concern ourselves with."
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760
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