Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Friday, September 19
LA Angels3
Game 2: Saturday, September 20
LA Angels8
Game 3: Sunday, September 21
LA Angels1

Rangers 5

(61-93, 33-47 away)

Angels 8

(96-59, 52-28 home)

    Coverage:  FSW

    9:05 PM ET, September 20, 2014

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    TEX 000000140 5 8 1
    LAA 10205000 - 8 13 0

    W: J. Weaver (18-8)

    L: C. Lewis (10-14)

    S: H. Street (15)

    Rangers-Angels Preview


    The Texas Rangers have embraced the spoiler role during their season-best winning streak, though the Los Angeles Angels should be feeling confident about putting an end to the run.

    The West-champion Angels will try to avoid a third straight loss while building their lead for the AL's top seed on Saturday night when Jered Weaver seeks his 10th consecutive home victory over the Rangers.

    Texas (61-92) may own the worst record in baseball, but it's making an impact in the postseason races in both leagues.

    After sweeping playoff hopefuls Atlanta and Oakland, the Rangers cruised to a 12-3 win in Anaheim on Friday. Ryan Rua had a career-high four hits and Jake Smolinski homered as Texas claimed only its second victory in the last 14 meetings.

    "They're excited about being out here," interim manager Tim Bogar said. "They're having fun."

    Since totaling 24 runs and hitting .234 while dropping 11 of 12 overall, the Rangers have turned things around with 46 runs and a .320 average during their longest winning streak since last September.

    Texas, however, might have a difficult time extending the run in a matchup with Weaver (17-8, 3.50 ERA).

    The right-hander, who has gone 5-1 with a 2.86 ERA in his last seven starts, allowed one run and four hits with a season-high 12 strikeouts over seven innings in last Saturday's 5-2 home win over Houston.

    Now Weaver will start on extra rest after he was scratched Thursday following the club's division-clinching win a night earlier. The Angels (95-59) still own a 2 1/2-game lead over Baltimore for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

    "The way he threw the ball last time, you could see his stuff has been coming, and I think he'll maintain it," manager Mike Scioscia told MLB's official website. "But I don't think it's ever a bad thing getting (extra rest)."

    Weaver has been dominant at home versus Texas, going 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 15 career starts. He's also allowed just three runs over 15 innings in two meetings this season -- both Los Angeles victories.

    Adrian Beltre is hitting .211 in 76 at-bats versus Weaver, but he's batting .365 in the season series after going 2 for 4 Friday.

    Colby Lewis (10-13, 5.12) has given up three earned runs over 14 innings in his last two starts after going 1/3 with a 5.46 ERA in his previous four. He surrendered one run over seven innings in Sunday's 10-3 home win over Atlanta.

    Lewis is 5-7 with a 5.14 ERA in 16 career starts versus Los Angeles, though he's 3-2 with a 2.65 mark in his six in Anaheim.

    The right-hander allowed a combined 18 runs and 23 hits over 8 1/3 innings in home meetings in July and August before limiting the Angels to two earned runs and five hits over seven in a 9-3 loss in Arlington on Sept. 9.

    Kole Calhoun homered off Lewis in the most recent matchup and is 6 for 10 with four RBIs against him this season. Howie Kendrick (5 for 10), Albert Pujols (4 for 10) and Mike Trout (4 for 13) also have gone deep in the matchup.

    Trout has a career-high 34 home runs and a MLB-best 107 RBIs, but he's hitting .215 with two homers and 12 RBIs versus Texas after going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts Friday.

    Los Angeles last dropped three in a row during a four-game skid from Aug. 5-8.

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    Gameday Matchup

     TexasLos Angeles
    Current StreakL1L3
    Last 107-33-7

    Pitching Matchup

    TexasLos Angeles
    C. Lewis
    10-14, 5.18 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 vs OAK
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    J. Weaver
    18-9, 3.59 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at SEA
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.TexasLos Angeles
    1. L. Martin, CF K. Calhoun, RF
    2. E. Andrus, SS M. Trout, CF
    3. R. Odor, 2B A. Pujols, 1B
    4. A. Beltre, 3B H. Kendrick, 2B
    5. J. Smolinski, RF E. Aybar, SS
    6. T. Telis, DH D. Freese, 3B
    7. R. Rua, LF B. Boesch, DH
    8. R. Chirinos, C C. Iannetta, C
    9. A. Rosales, 1B E. Navarro, LF

    Research Notes

    Jered Weaver is getting hot at the perfect time for the Angels... In his last 8 starts, he has a 2.82 ERA, nearly a run lower than in his 1st 25 starts this season... He's 6-1 in his last 8 games... Watch out if he keeps it going in October.

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