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LAst Night's Action: Angels Still Can't Break Through Against Texas

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Texas Rangers defeat LA Angels 4-3. Coming into Monday’s game the Angels were four games behind the Rangers. Now having lost the first three games of the four-game series, the Angels fall to seven games back with nothing going right.

It looked like the Angels had a good shot of winning the game with Ervin Santana getting the start especially after he notched his 1,000th career strikeout against Michael Young in the first inning. It looked even better after the first inning when the Angels took their first lead of the series in the bottom half of the inning.

After Peter Bourjos hit a triple with one out in the first inning off of Rangers’ starter C.J. Wilson, he came home on Howie Kendrick’s grounder. And after Torii Hunter was safe on first thanks to shortstop Elvis Andrus’ throwing error, he came home on Mark Trumbo’s double. And like that the Angels had a two-run lead.

Although it seemed like it would hold up with Santana, some interesting fielding by Erick Aybar at shortstop in the fifth inning helped the Rangers score once. Then Santana’s lack of control in the sixth inning was particularly startling making him fortunate he escaped the inning giving up only a solo shot to Mitch Moreland that tied the game.

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Santana had a rough time in the eighth inning getting the bases loaded with no outs, but it looked like he would escape leaving the game tied after striking out Yorvit Torrealba and Endy Chavez. Santana made a pretty good out pitch to Ian Kinsler. The problem was it was blooped into left field and scored two.

Kendrick hit a solo homer to bring the Angels to within a run, but with this offense who’s kidding? They had a runner on third with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Aybar flew out to right to end the game.

And just like that season is slipping away from the Angels. They have Jered Weaver to try and salvage one game, but with being six games back at best and six weeks until the end of the season they really are starting to push it.

Milwaukee Brewers defeat LA Dodgers 3-1. All of the offense for the Dodgers came from Tony Gwynn, Jr. who hit his first homer of the season in the seventh inning off of Zach Greinke.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers. 11:10 a.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Texas Rangers at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.