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Rapid Reaction: Angels 1, Rangers 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Endy Chavez never could redeem his unfortunate error in the second inning when he misplayed a line drive, and it sent C.J. Wilson to one of the best-pitched 1-0 losses you'll ever witness.

The Texas Rangers' lefty outdueled his counterpart, major-league ERA leader Jered Weaver, who scattered seven hits over seven innings. Wilson befuddled the Los Angeles Angels lineup all day, allowing one harmless single through the right side in the fifth inning and an eighth-inning double.

What proved costly was hitting Howie Kendrick in the second inning with one out and then a hard-hit but routine liner to center off the bat of Mike Trout that Chavez just misplayed. The ball screamed by him and Kendrick came around to score the only run of the game.

Wilson threw a complete eight-inning game, struck out eight, allowed four baserunners and the one tough-luck unearned run. He lowered his ERA from 3.11 to 2.94.

Chavez went 0-for-4. Mike Napoli's single with two out in the ninth gave Chavez, who homered in the series opener, one last shot against hard-throwing Angels rookie closer Jordan Walden. Chavez fell behind 1-2 and pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second on ball 2. Walden's next pitch was low to take the count full.

On Walden's next offering Chavez slapped a grounder semi-deep in the hole at short, but he couldn't beat Erick Aybar's throw to end the game.

The loss, combined with Wednesday's blown 8-3 lead, ruined what started out as an opportunistic trip to Southern California. With ideas of building a seven-game lead heading back to Texas, the Rangers return home with just a three-game cushion after the Los Angeles Angels took the final two games of the series.

The Rangers' 12-game win streak is now a two-game run in the other direction with the troublesome Toronto Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark on Friday night.

* The Rangers had not lost a game without allowing an earned run since Aug. 7, 1989 at Toronto (2-1 loss). The team had not lost a 1-0 game on an unearned run since Sept. 30, 1984 against the Angels, which was Mike Witt's perfect game.

* Charlie Hough is back in the news. He was the last Rangers pitcher to lose a complete game without allowing an earned run. That happened on June 16, 1986 right here at the Big A. Hough lost his no-hitter in the ninth inning and the game ended on a strikeout-passed ball.

* Weaver notched his 12th consecutive quality start. It's the third-longest streak in a single season in Angels history. He entered the game with a 1.90 ERA and lowered it to 1.81. He left after giving up a single to Elvis Andrus to start the eighth.

* Ian Kinsler made a ridiculous over-the-shoulder stab of Torii Hunter's blooper in shallow right that kept Erick Aybar from scoring position with one out in the first inning. Angels center fielder Mike Trout returned the favor by robbing Michael Young of extra bases with a beautiful diving catch in the right-center field gap to lead off the second inning.

* Andrus was thrown out trying to steal third in the first inning with Adrian Beltre batting, one out and runners at first and second.

* Josh Hamilton wore sunglasses at the plate for the first time in a day game this season. He wore them his first three trips, resulting in a walk and two ground outs. He took them off for his eighth-inning at-bat with Andrus on first and nobody out. Hamilton, facing plenty of slow stuff, grounded to first and the Angels forced Andrus at second.

* Five of Rangers' six hits through six innings came with two outs. They stranded seven runners through six. Andrus' single to lead off the eighth inning was the only time Texas put the leadoff man on base.

* The Rangers one through five hitters went a combined 4-for-18 and two walks. Andrus accounted for three of the hits.

* Mitch Moreland swung at a high fastball to strikeout and end the sixth inning with the bases loaded and Weaver holding onto a 1-0 lead.

* Texas' bottom three hitters -- Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, and Chavez -- combined to go 2-for-12.