Angels Smoke Rangers 6-1 in Anaheim

July 20, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington (38) smokes in the dugout during batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 6 Rangers 1

Angels ace Jered Weaver gave up a first inning homerun to All Star shortstop Elvis Andrus but the floodgates opened to reveal a drought as the once-vaunted Texas offense left eleven men on base. All Star Ian Kinsler got the frack off our field after stranding four baserunners.

Weaver only struck out four and walked one, spreading six hits out over seven innings. With the game tied at 1 apiece Weaver gave up a single and a double to begin the bottom of the third inning. He then got Kinsler to foul out and ended up walking Andrus to load the bases. Josh Hamilton grounded into a double play to end what would be the only Rangers threat of the night.

Despite Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout hitting solo homeruns late to add some insurance, the biggest hit of the night was a booming two-run double by Erick Aybar that capped a three-run fourth inning to put some distance between the teams. Howie Kendrick also had two ribbys with a double and a fielders choice. If Howie gets his gap power going this is going to be a division race.

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