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Angels 8, Rangers 3

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mark Trumbo homered, Grant Green drove in three runs and Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings to lead the Angels to an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

The Rangers didn't make things easy on themselves, particularly starting pitcher Derek Holland, with three errors in the first two innings leading to four unearned runs. They made four errors in all.

One night after snapping a 14-game streak without a home run, Trumbo homered again, hitting a two-run blast in the first inning, his 31st homer of the season. Green had a sacrifice fly in the second inning and a two-run double in the sixth as the Angels won for the 12th time in their last 15 games.

Richards (6-6) continues to make a case for a permanent spot in the starting rotation, winning for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings, finishing his outing by striking out the side in the seventh.

For the Rangers, the loss was their third in a row and the fifth in six games. In the meantime, they lost their hold on first place in the American League West and now trail the Oakland A's by 1 1/2 games, their largest deficit since they were two games back on Aug. 5.

Holland (9-8) gave up eight runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. A.J. Pierzynski homered for Texas, his 17th of the season.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Adrian Beltre's RBI single, but the Angels responded with three in the bottom of the first, highlighted by Trumbo's two-run homer, his 31st home run of the season. The Rangers committed two errors in the inning.

Jurickson Profar's RBI single in the second inning cut the Angels' lead to 3-2, but another Rangers error led to an unearned run in the bottom of the second. Grant Green drove in the run with a sacrifice fly.

The Angels increased their lead to 5-2 in the third inning in Chris Iannetta's RBI single.

NOTES: Angels CF Peter Bourjos is likely to have surgery on his right wrist, ending his season. Bourjos broke the wrist when hit by a pitch on June 29, but he has struggled since returning Aug. 16, hitting .109 (5-for-46) with 15 strikeouts. Rehab is expected to take eight weeks. If he decides against surgery, he would be limited to pinch running and playing defense the rest of the season. ... Angels 2B Howie Kendrick is expected to be activated from he disabled list in about a week when the club is in Houston. Kendrick has been out since he hyperextended his left knee on Aug. 5 in a collision with RF Collin Cowgill while chasing a pop fly. He is hitting .301 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs. ... Rangers CF Leonys Martin was dropped from the leadoff spot to No. 9 for Saturday's game. He batted leadoff in his previous 31 starts, but he has hit just .160 (8-for-50) in his last 13 games. ... Rangers LHP Neal Cotts has a 1.17 ERA this season, the fourth lowest among qualifying relievers in the American League. The Rangers' record for lowest ERA by a reliever in a season (minimum 50 innings pitched) is 1.57 by Jim Kern in 1979.
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