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Texas at Los Angeles

Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
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For the slumping Texas Rangers, a matchup with the Los Angeles Angels may be exactly what they need. After dominating last season's series, they'll again look to make the Angels their punching bag Friday night in Anaheim.

Texas (15-13) has dropped four in a row after being swept in three games at home by Oakland. The Rangers were outscored 25-4 by the Athletics and totaled only 15 hits in the series.

They're homerless in six straight and Prince Fielder, batting .206 with just two home runs, is without an extra-base hit in eight consecutive contests.

"I have no choice but to stay patient until it comes," Fielder told the team's website. "I feel good so I'll keep playing hard and see what happens. I'm just up there trying to drive the ball. I haven't done it that much, that's obvious."

Adrian Beltre has hit .217 in six games since returning from a strained left quad and has no RBIs in the last five. Elvis Andrus is hitless in 14 at-bats during the four-game skid.

Aggravating their offensive issues were a season high-tying four errors in Wednesday's 12-1 defeat. Oakland took a 7-0 lead after the third, tacking on four runs after Andrus committed an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play.

"When you don't play well enough to win, you've just got to keep going," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll get back to where we were."

The Rangers may find some solace in their first matchup with Los Angeles, against which they won a club-record 15 games in 19 meetings in 2013. They had never previously beaten the Angels more than 12 times in a single year.

Texas averaged 6.1 runs in last season's series while batting .302 with 26 home runs, including Andrus hitting .475 in nine games at Anaheim. Andrus has batted .409 with 15 runs in his last 16 matchups with the Angels, while Beltre owns a 1.034 OPS with seven homers and 18 RBIs over his past 23.

Fielder is hitting .352 in 15 games against Los Angeles since joining the AL, but he'll be facing an Angels starting staff which has a 2.45 ERA in its last 10 games.

That's a major reason Los Angeles (14-13) is over .500 for the first time since starting 1-0 last season. Plus, the Angels scored at least six runs in each leg of a three-game sweep of Cleveland this week.

They're now looking for Hector Santiago (0-4, 4.44 ERA) to bounce back from a rough outing. He gave up four runs, six hits and a bases-loaded balk in 4 1-3 innings of a 4-3 road loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

Santiago is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four games - two starts - against the Rangers, though they have been significantly better against lefties this season. Texas has a .777 OPS against southpaws compared to .676 against right-handers. Beltre is 7 for 19 against left-handers, while Fielder is 5 for 12 lifetime off Santiago.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis (1-1, 4.60) didn't record a decision Saturday in his third start since returning from elbow and hip surgeries, yielding three runs over five innings of a 6-3 win at Seattle. He's 4-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 14 career games against the Angels.

Los Angeles' David Freese is 7 for 20 over his last five games after totaling nine hits in his first 18. He was 8 for 23 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs versus Texas en route to World Series MVP honors in 2011 for St. Louis.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Texas5th AL West6193.39634 ½ 7-3 L 1
Los Angeles1st AL West9659.619-6-4 W 1
 
 
Injuries
Texas
PlayerInjury
J. AdduciConcussion
S. BakerTriceps
E. BeltreLeg
M. ChoiceHamstring
S. ChooElbow
Y. DarvishElbow
P. FielderNeck
P. FigueroaElbow
M. HarrisonBack
K. KouzmanoffBack
M. MikolasShoulder
M. MorelandAnkle
A. OgandoElbow
M. PerezElbow
J. ProfarShoulder
A. RiosThumb
T. ScheppersElbow
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
R. BrasierForearm
S. BurnettElbow
J. HamiltonShoulder
B. MoranElbow
G. RichardsKnee
M. ShoemakerOblique
T. SkaggsElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 2LAATEX 5-2Lewis Santiago 
May 3LAALAA 5-3Richards Tolleson 
May 4LAATEX 14-3Darvish Skaggs 
Jun 20LAALAA 7-3Richards Saunders 
Jun 21LAALAA 3-2Morin Cotts 
Jun 22LAALAA 5-2Shoemaker Darvish 
Jul 10TEXLAA 15-6Santiago Lewis 
Jul 11TEXLAA 3-0Richards Tepesch 
Jul 12TEXLAA 5-2Weaver Mikolas 
Jul 13TEXLAA 10-7Skaggs Baker 
Aug 15TEXLAA 5-4Richards Martinez 
Aug 16TEXLAA 5-4Shoemaker Lewis 
Aug 17TEXTEX 3-2Feliz Street 
Sep 9TEXLAA 9-3Santiago Lewis 
Sep 10TEXLAA 8-1Shoemaker Tepesch 
Sep 11TEXLAA 7-3Morin Martinez 
Sep 19LAATEX 12-3Bonilla Santiago 
Sep 20LAALAA 8-5Weaver Lewis 
Sep 21LAA 3:35 PM EDT