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Simmons slices and Weaver dices in Angels 3-2 win over Rangers

Simba hits two dingers and Weaver is ace-like as Halos stop the four-game losing streak with close win over Texas

MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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The Angels may have lost this series, but they’ll be darned if they didn’t at least come away with one victory. The man on the mound to make their current four game losing streak disappear and come to a screeching halt was Jered Weaver, the wily veteran. The man with the big stick to put the runs on the board was a fella by the name of Andrelton Simmons, but the Big A denizens call him Simba.

Two dudes, one mission: destroy the Rangers (for at least one game of the series).

After today’s win, Jered Weaver is now 12-0 with a 2.24 ERA in 19 career home starts against Texas. He eats Rangers for breakfast, and today, while the ball seemed to be sailing out of the park, he kept on that same path of dominance.

Weaver ended up with 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER and a whopping 8 Ks. This was Weaver’s time to shine and show his top shelf stuff, and he didn’t disappoint. He gave up two homers to Adrian Beltre, which constituted both of the Rangers’ runs for the day. That’s it...exclude Beltre from this game and they have zilch.

Speaking of guys with multi-homer games, our very own SS gunslinger Simba had his first 2-homer game as a Halo. He knocked one out in the second inning, one pitch after an embarrassingly bad swing, and then he hit another solo shot out in the sixth. That’s three homers on the season for Simmons overall, guess he was sand bagging some for sweet, sweet Texas comeuppance.

Yunel Escobar also had a homer to leadoff the game, the first leadoff homer for the Angels in 2016. With three runs, and Weaver providing heavy cover, the Angels had enough to skirt by with a 3-2 victory and one heck of a way to end a series.

Credit new Angel Andrew Bailey with the save, and light that baby up, yessir. The Angels had a good run going for a couple weeks there, but then last week they really hit the skids again. They needed a win to stop the assist in stopping the bleeding. Now we wait and see if it worked.