ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Trumbo launched a three-run homer in a five-run fourth against Matt Garza, and C.J. Wilson and the Angels hung on for a 6-5 victory that, barring an Oakland collapse, would drop the Rangers out of first place in the American League West.
Oakland would be a half-game up in the division if it held on to beat Houston after rallying from an early deficit. The Angels rallied, too, from a 3-0 hole, to send the Rangers to their fifth loss in their past seven games.
The Rangers made it interesting against Ernesto Frieri in the ninth, getting a two-out double from Leonys Martin, and he scored on a single by Elvis Andrus. Ian Kinsler was next, and he worked the count to 3-1 before striking out two pitches later to end it.
Garza breezed through the first three innings, facing the minimum and allowing only a Josh Hamilton single to start the second, but the first two Angels singled to start the fourth to put runners at first and third for Mike Trout.
He also singled to plate the Angels’ first run, and after Hamilton bounced into a fielder’s choice, Kole Calhoun singled to make it 3-2. Trumbo was next, and he launched his 30th homer to erase the Rangers’ lead.
The Angels scored an unearned run against Garza in the fifth. The right-hander, acquired July 22 for the stretch run, has allowed at least four runs in six of his nine starts since the five-player trade with the Cubs.
Rangers pitchers have allowed more than five runs in consecutive starts after going 31 straight allowing five or fewer.
Alex Rios homered for the Rangers in the second, and A.J. Pierzynski and Rios delivered RBI singles in the third to stake the Rangers to a three-run cushion. Wilson would retire the next seven, and he pitched around a leadoff single and a walk to work a scoreless sixth.
Andrus took Wilson deep with two outs in the seventh, his second homer of the season on Wilson’s 116th and final pitch of the game.
-- Jeff Wilson