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Rangers Vs. Angels Final Score: Texas Drops Series Opener, 6-1

The Texas Rangers dealt Jered Weaver his only loss of the season earlier in the summer, but they had less luck in their second matchup, losing 6-1 to the Anaheim Angels on Friday night. Weaver had a strong night, earning his 12th win and giving up only one earned run on a solo home run from Elvis Andrus in the first inning.

The Rangers were able to keep the score tight until the bottom of the fourth, when the Angels drove in runs from Albert Pujols, Howard Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo, building a lead they'd never give up. Anaheim followed up that scoring burst with homers from Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Derek Holland pitched 6.2 innings, giving up all six of the Angels' earned runs, nine hits and two home runs.

The win cuts the Rangers' AL West lead over the Angels to five games. The teams will play Game 2 of their series on Saturday at 3:05 CT.

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