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John Lackey Suffers Angels Comedy of Errors; Rangers Derek Holland Dominant

Final Score in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Rangers 7, Angels 0

The Angels had as many hits as they had errors Sunday afternoon and it added up to a thumping at the hands of the suddenly playoff-viable Texas Rangers. The Dallas Nine saw starter Derek Holland carry a no-hitter into the 6th inning, while a splendid early pitching performance by John Lackey was disrupted on errors so tragic that they must be classified as comedy. Lackey made a great effort, striking out 8 while throwing over 130 pitches.

Mike Scioscia gave three tired Angels a rest against his team's closest division opponent. A slumping Chone Figgins, a lukewarm Kendry Morales and a tepid Mike Napoli watched the game from the shade of the dugout and 2 of 3 saw their replacements choke the simplest plays of the century. Quinlan could not cover 1B to save his behind and Abreu snapped his glove closed before the ball had arrived on the next play.

The only Angels highlight was the return to the mound of Jose Arredondo from the minor leagues. Well... there was that solo homer he surrendered late in the game, but he did have 2 strikeouts in 1.2 IP. Baby Steps!