Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Texas leads 2-0 (as of 7/30)

Game 1: Monday, July 29
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 30
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 31
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Angels 11

(48-57, 21-29 away)

Rangers 14

(58-49, 31-24 home)

Coverage:  FSSW

8:05 PM ET, July 30, 2013

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

12345678910 R H E
LAA 2010103400 11 16 0
TEX 2031001313 14 19 1

W: J. Nathan (2-1)

L: D. Stange (0-1)

Angels-Rangers Preview

STATS LLC

The Texas Rangers ended their losing streak with a dramatic late rally, but they might have a difficult time moving past their recent slump against one of baseball's hottest pitchers.

The Los Angeles Angels will try to snap their own four-game skid and hand the Rangers their 13th loss in 17 games Tuesday night when C.J. Wilson faces his old team in Arlington.

Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, Texas (57-49) appeared to be on its way to a fifth straight defeat before A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto hit home runs off closer Ernesto Frieri in Monday's 4-3 win.

"We needed that game after the offensive struggles we've been through the last few weeks," Pierzynski said. "To have a game like that, especially at home after the trip we came off, it's huge."

The Rangers had scored only one run in 28 innings before plating three with four hits over the final two. Even with the late-inning heroics, they've averaged 2.5 runs and batted .178 with runners in scoring position during this rough patch.

Mitch Moreland (.140), Ian Kinsler (.217) and Leonys Martin (.205) are among those mired in slumps.

It doesn't figure to get any easier against Wilson (11-6, 3.18 ERA), who is 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his last eight outings.

The left-hander won his third straight by allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings in an 8-3 victory at Oakland on Thursday. He's now seeking his career-best fifth straight road win.

The former Ranger, though, hasn't pitched well against his old club, going 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA in five starts. He's also 0-1 with a 11.12 ERA in three outings at Texas while with the Angels.

Adrian Beltre has gone 10 for 28 (.357) with a homer, four doubles and four RBIs versus Wilson, while Kinsler is 4 for 10 with a homer.

The Rangers counter with Derek Holland (8-6, 3.06), who is 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA in his last six starts.

The left-hander, however, has dropped his last two outings while getting just one run of support. He yielded two runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Yankees in Arlington.

"His job is to keep us in the ballgame, and he's been doing that," manager Ron Washington said.

While Holland is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 road starts, he's 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in his last five at home while being backed with three total runs.

Holland, 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA in his last six starts versus the Angels (48-56), has allowed eight runs and 12 hits over 12 2/3 innings in two outings this season. He walked five and struck out 12 without factoring in either decision, though the Rangers won both games.

This time, he faces a Los Angeles team trying to win for just the second time in nine road games.

Howie Kendrick has gone 9 for 18 with a homer, three doubles and seven RBIs against Holland the past two seasons.

Teammate Mike Trout went 2 for 2 with a double in the opener and is hitting .375 with 22 RBIs over his last 36 games. He's a .344 hitter (21 for 61) with six homers in 16 lifetime games at Texas.

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Gameday Matchup

 Los AngelesTexas
W-L78-8491-72
Night53-6270-46
Grass73-8388-68
Current StreakL4L1
Last 104-68-2

Pitching Matchup

Los AngelesTexas
C. Wilson
17-7, 3.39 ERA

Last Game:
9/27 at TEX
6.0 IP, 3 ER
Dec = ND
D. Holland
10-9, 3.42 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 vs LAA
4.2 IP, 4 ER
Dec = ND

Gameday Lineups

NO.Los AngelesTexas
1. E. Aybar, SS L. Martin, CF
2. C. Cowgill, LF E. Andrus, SS
3. M. Trout, CF I. Kinsler, 2B
4. M. Trumbo, 1B A. Beltre, 3B
5. H. Kendrick, 2B A. Pierzynski, DH
6. J. Hamilton, DH N. Cruz, RF
7. A. Callaspo, 3B J. Baker, 1B
8. C. Iannetta, C G. Soto, C
9. J. Shuck, LF C. Gentry, CF

Research Notes

From Elias: The Rangers are the second team this season to win consecutive games via a walk-off HR. The Giants did it on May 3-4 vs. the Dodgers. The last time the Rangers won consecutive games via a walk-off HR was Oct 2-3, 1981 vs. California.
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Mark Trumbo's first-inning home run off Derek Holland was calculated at 452 feet, his 9th 450+ foot homer over the past three seasons, most in the American League.
Mark Trumbo's 452-foot home run is the longest home run by an Angel at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since Vladimir Guerrero hit one 468 feet off Luis Mendoza on July 7, 2008.

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