ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Three errors by the Rangers in the first two innings led to four unearned runs Saturday, and Derek Holland allowed four runs with two outs as the Angels beat the Rangers 8-2.
The Rangers are 1-4 so far on their six-game road trip and have fallen 1 ½ games behind Oakland in the American League West. They will try to avoid a three-game sweep to the Angels today with rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch making his first start since early July.
The Rangers have lost five of their past six games and six of their past eight, but are holding down the first wild-card entry into the playoffs.
Holland allowed eight runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings. He committed one of the three errors, to the first batter he faced, and the usually sure-handed Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus booted grounders.
An Angels fielding miscue in the first inning allowed the Rangers to take a 1-0 lead. Third baseman Luis Jimenez booted a potential double play grounder from Ian Kinsler and threw wildly to second base.
Andrus went to third and scored easily as Beltre followed with a double.
But the lead was gone in a flash. Holland threw away a tapper by J.B. Shuck to start the Angels’ first, and he went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Erick Aybar. Mike Trout followed with a grounder to Beltre, who looked home but bobbled the ball for his 13th error of the season.
Mark Trumbo hit the next pitch onto the rock pile in center field for a two-run homer and a 3-1 lead.
The Rangers came back with a run in the second, as Jurickson Profar singled with two outs to score Leonys Martin. But another error to start the bottom half, on Andrus, led to another unearned run and a 4-2 Angels lead.
The run the Angels scored in the third was on Holland, who allowed a leadoff double to Aybar but got the next two hitters. But he walked Josh Hamilton, and Chris Iannetta followed with an RBI single to left.
Holland worked scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, and was an out away from pitching out of trouble in the sixth. No. 9 hitter Grant Green, though, doubled home two runs despite initially being down 0-2 in the count, and Shuck brought in Green for an 8-2 lead to end Holland’s night.
-- Jeff Wilson