Yu Darvish's season-high winning streak ended with another poor effort against one AL West rival. However, he has a strong chance to bounce back by continuing his success against another.
Looking to help the Rangers avoid a season-high fifth straight defeat and first road sweep at the hands of the Angels in seven years, Darvish tries for a sixth consecutive road win at Los Angeles on Sunday night.Darvish (7-3, 2.39 ERA) won four straight starts and allowed eight runs in 47 2/3 innings to win five of his previous six outings before giving up seven -- four earned -- and walking a season-high five in five innings of a 10-6 loss at Oakland on Tuesday, falling to 1-8 with a 4.94 ERA lifetime versus the Athletics."He was out there searching, which he always does," manager Ron Washington said. "Usually he finds something, but (Tuesday) he just didn't find it."The right-hander has no problem leaving that outing in the past."I have to prepare for my next start," he said. "I'm not facing just the A's."Instead, he'll face the Angels, against whom he's 7-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 career starts. Darvish allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and struck out nine during a 14-3 win at Los Angeles on May 4 to improve to 6-0 with a 3.81 ERA in his last nine versus the Angels (40-33).He also has a 2.36 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings during his five-start winning streak at Anaheim.Texas (35-39) opened its nine-game West Coast trip with two wins at Seattle, but has lost five of six since. Shin-Soo Choo hit a tying homer in the ninth inning Saturday, but Howie Kendrick delivered a game-winning RBI double in the 10th to hand the Rangers a 3-2 defeat."The biggest thing is just going up there and trying to put good at-bats together and put good swings on the ball," Kendrick said.The Rangers were last swept in Anaheim from April 2-4, 2007.Kendrick has doubled in four straight games and is batting .321 with 17 RBIs in his last 28 versus Texas. However, he's 0 for 19 with seven strikeouts versus Darvish.Teammate Erick Aybar, meanwhile, is 6 for his last 11 with two doubles and a home run against Darvish.Hoping to solidify a spot in the Angels rotation, rookie Matt Shoemaker (4-1, 3.83) allowed two runs and set career highs with 10 strikeouts and eight innings pitched during a 9-3 win at Cleveland on Tuesday to improve to 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA in seven career starts.This will be the right-hander's first appearance versus Texas.Choo is batting .478 (11 for 23) with three home runs and six RBIs in his last six games against the Angels.It's uncertain if Albert Pujols will be in the Angels' lineup after he sat out Saturday due to lower-back pain. He's 2 for his last 6 with a homer against DarvishLos Angeles announced it requested waivers on 42-year-old Raul Ibanez for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. The 19-year veteran hit .157 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 57 games for the Angels.