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TEX@LAA: Rangers fall to Angels on a walk-off homer

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers were greedy. They wanted that sweep.

"You're always a little greedy ... that's just human nature," outfielder Josh Hamilton said.

You can't always get want you want either. The Rangers were three outs away from a four-game sweep of the Angels and couldn't finish the job. Instead, Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off reliever Mike Adams that gave the Angels a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rangers at Angel Stadium on Thursday night.

Adams, trying to make a 1-0 victory stand up for Colby Lewis, was pitching because Neftali Feliz was unavailable. Adams entered the game with a 1.12 ERA, the lowest for a reliever in the Major Leagues. But Trumbo jumped on a 1-1 cut fastball and smashed it down the left-field line, soaring by the foul pole by a few feet or more for the game-winner.

"I was trying to keep the ball down," Adams said. "I was trying to get the double play. That one stayed up and ran across the plate."

Feliz had pitched in two straight and four of the last five games. He told manager Ron Washington before the game that he was available. But Washington decided against it.

"Sometimes you have to take it out of their hands," Washington said. "We're very comfortable with Mike or Koji [Uehara] pitching the ninth. We just didn't get it done. Trumbo can swing the bat. He just caught one. We didn't lose this one. They won it."

Mike Napoli gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the seventh with a home run off Angels starter Jered Weaver. That was his 20th home run and extended his road hitting streak to 19 straight games, the second longest in club history. But the Rangers couldn't make it stand up.

"It was still a good series for us," Napoli said. "We had a chance to sweep, that part is kind of tough. But we'll forget about this tomorrow and try to keep it rolling. We'll be fine. We won the series. That's what we wanted to do."

The Rangers, despite having a six-game winning streak come to an end, did take three of four from the Angels. They entered the series with a four-game lead in the American League West and leave Southern California with it now at six games. But three more outs would have made it an eight-game lead with 37 left to play.

"We're satisfied taking three of four," Hamilton said. "Obviously, we would have liked to have had this one, but we won the first three and put ourselves in position to win this one. It just didn't turn out that way."

Instead, there is still a race going on in the AL West, although Angels manager Mike Scioscia made it clear his team still has much work to do.

"We have a tall order in front of us," Scioscia said. "The first order of business for us is to get our team together and start to play consistent baseball, and we've been struggling with that all summer and we need to see that."

Lewis, pitching in front of family and friends down from his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Angels were 0-for-5 off him with runners in scoring position and that allowed him to get the upper hand on Weaver when they both left after seven innings.

"I was just trying to go out there and do my job and match zeros with Weaver," Lewis said.

"Colby was real good," Washington said. "I just wish we could have supported him better. It was a pitchers' duel and there weren't a whole lot of opportunities. The guys on the mound just didn't let much get past them. Weaver stood out there and fought, too. We made him work and Colby matched him. But we got to the ninth and couldn't shut it down."

Mark Lowe pitched the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two. Then came Adams, who was told before the game that he would be used as closer because Feliz was unavailable.

"We all knew the situation," Adams said. "Obviously, that's a role I want to be in eventually, but tonight didn't help that. It's just one night. Stuff happens. I'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Torii Hunter led off the inning with a single before Trumbo hit the game-winner.

"This game was great," Hunter said. "Colby Lewis over there -- he was filthy today. He hit that outside corner and he just lived there and kept us off-balance. It was never over until the fat lady sang and she sang when Trumbo hit that ball. It's a good ballclub over there and we were able to come through today." Comments