ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the Los Angeles Angels, it's too little, too late. For the Texas Rangers, it's now or never.
Such is the case for the two teams, the Angels long since having fallen out of contention and the Rangers find themselves fighting for their playoff lives.
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 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.
"I feel like I have (made a statement), more so this year than any other year as far as making strides in a positive direction," said Richards, who has bounced around from the starting rotation to the bullpen. "I'm keeping it simple, pounding the bottom half of the zone, mixing in my off-speed in for strikes and just developing as a pitcher altogether.
"At this point, I'm done worrying about next year. I'm going to take the innings that they're giving me right now and try to make the most of it and try to put us in a position to win a ballgame. That's all I can do."
For the Rangers, the loss was their third in a row and the fifth in six games. In the meantime, they've 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. They still hold the top wild-card spot over No. 2 Tampa Bay.
Holland has been as consistent as any of the Rangers starters this season, throwing 20 quality starts this year. But now with two sub-par starts in a row, Holland has joined the rest of the rotation in trying to fight off a collective slump.
"We're just not getting the job done," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They're certainly very capable. We're only a game and a half out, we're not going any place. We'll be around. You go through those types of stretches. You hate to have them happen in September but those guys are healthy and they'll get the ball and the next time through the rotation will be the time we put this back together and move forward."
Holland (9-8) gave up eight runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"Just (not) locating his pitches," Washington said of Holland. "At least he tried to throw his fastball, he moved it around. Just couldn't get his changeup where he wanted to and couldn't get his breaking ball where he wanted to."
A.J. Pierzynski homered for Texas, his 17th of the season.
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.