Following a stretch in which he went 4-0 with a 3.79 ERA in six starts, Valdes gave up eight earned runs and 10 hits in each of his last two outings. He lasted four innings in a 9-5 loss to Houston on June 21, and just 3 1-3 innings in a 13-0 loss to Oakland on Thursday
His ERA rose more than 1 1/2 runs in those outings, from 4.62 to 6.20.
“I can’t remember a time in nine years that I’ve had back-to-back outings this bad,” Valdes said after the loss to the A’s.
Valdes has already beaten the Angels twice this season. He gave up three runs and seven hits over five innings in the Rangers’ 6-3 win in the season opener on March 30. He then limited Anaheim to just five hits in eight innings of Texas’ 4-0 win on April 14.
The right-hander will try for another strong showing against the Angels as the Rangers try to keep their improved play going.
Texas has won five of seven following a stretch in which it won just four times in 27 games.
Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs, and Mark Teixeira also homered as the Rangers won the opener 6-3 Monday night. John Thomson held the defending World Series champs to three runs and three hits over seven innings after going 2-7 with a 6.64 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
Rodriguez has 38 homers and 85 RBIs against the Angels—his highest totals against any team.
Garret Anderson homered in a losing effort as the Angels, winners of five of their previous seven, had a three-game win streak snapped.
Anaheim will turn to Jarrod Washburn, an 18-game winner last season. Washburn will be looking to snap a four-start losing streak in which he’s given up 21 earned runs and 29, including 10 homers, in 23 innings.
“I’m not confused. I know exactly what I’m doing wrong,” Washburn said. “I’m throwing the ball over the plate too many times. I’m making too many mistakes against some good lineups that make you pay for your mistakes.”
STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 21 GB, AL West. Angels - 3rd place, 12 1/2 GB, AL West.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Valdes (6-4, 6.20 ERA). Valdes went 9-13 for the Angels in 2001, and is 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in nine career starts against them.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Washburn (6-9, 4.19 ERA). The left-hander is 5-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 10 appearances, including two in relief, against the Rangers. He gave up five runs and five hits over five innings in a 5-4 loss to the Rangers on April 15.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Hank Blalock, .322 avg.; Rodriguez, 20 HRs, 54 runs and 7 SBs; Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro, 52 RBIs. Angels - Anderson, .315 avg., 19 HRs and 68 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 47 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rangers, 5-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - Texas set a club record for losses in June, finishing 6-21. … RHP Jeff Zimmerman, who has yet to pitch for the Rangers this season after undergoing ligament transplant surgery exactly 11 months ago on his elbow, reported no tightness or discomfort after throwing a two-inning simulated game. He has another one scheduled for Thursday before going on a minor league rehab assignment. … Texas optioned LHP Mario Ramos to Triple-A Oklahoma and recalled RHP R.A. Dickey from the Pacific Coast League club. Angels - DH Brad Fullmer is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the ruptured patella tendon in his right knee, but Dr. Lewis Yocum will wait to see if the swelling goes down before deciding whether to operate. … OF Anderson celebrated his 31st birthday on Monday, and became the sixth player this season to homer on his, joining Adrian Beltre, Jeromy Burnitz, Jim Edmonds, Ryan Klesko and Corey Koskie. … OF Anderson, 2B David Eckstein and 3B Glaus are a combined 13-for-65 (.200) against RHP Valdes.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 14-26 on the road; Angels - 22-18 at home.
INJURIES: Rangers - LHP Aaron Fultz (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. Angels - INF Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.