ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim scored eight times in the fourth inning, the strangest of the season for the Rangers, and Jered Weaver recovered from a rocky third inning to help the Angels open a three-game series Tuesday with an 11-3 victory.
The Rangers failed to gain ground on Oakland, which was routed at Detroit, and their lead in the American League West held at three games. Third-place Anaheim moved within 6 1/2 games.
Anaheim trailed 3-1 to start a fourth inning that saw Josh Hamilton leave with "sinus issues," Ryan Dempster continued to struggle after exerting himself on a third-inning play, and Tanner Scheppers leave with a knee injury after two runs scored on a wild pitch.
Scheppers, who had to be helped off the field, was diagnosed with a bruised right knee.
Mark Lowe was the third Rangers pitcher, and he didn't fare well in his first outing since allowing a walk-off homer Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay. He allowed the final three runs of the Angels' rally, and the Rangers were down 9-3 and out against Weaver.
Mike Napoli started the third inning with a and Ian Kinsler had a two-run shot two batters later off Weaver, who improved to 18-4 this season and 9-0 at home against the Rangers in his career.
-- Jeff Wilson