Rapid Reaction: Angels 2, Rangers 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Rangers took a 1-0 lead into the ninth, but couldn't hold it. Mike Adams came in to close the game and gave up a two-run home run to Mark Trumbo, his 23rd homer of the season. He was mobbed by teammates at home plate after the winning homer. The win pulls the Angels to six games back of the Rangers. Texas still wins the series with three out of four games. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

* Adams gave up a single to right to Torii Hunter and then gave up the towering two-run homer down the left field line to Trumbo, a player that manager Ron Washington was praising before the game. Frankly, Adams just didn't have his good stuff.

* It was a classic pitchers duel on Thursday, as Jered Weaver and Lewis were both on their games. Lewis' off-speed stuff was particularly good. His slider became an effective out pitch and he was able to move his fastball around the zone. He went seven shutout innings and had seven strikeouts and two walks. He was excellent and pitched deep in the game.

* Mike Napoli provided a big hit, a long home run that crushed the rocks in left-center field. Napoli knew it was gone the minute he hit it, staying in his pose for a second and staring it down as he headed toward first base (that didn't appear to please Weaver). Napoli has been the club's hottest hitter and when that pitch to him was up in the zone, he nailed it. Coming into the game, Napoli was hitting .378 with 12 doubles, nine homers and 24 RBIs since being activated from the disabled list July 4.

* The homer extended Napoli's road hitting streak to 19 games, second-most in club history. That pushed Napoli out of a five-way tie for second that included Mike Hargrove (1975), George Wright (1982), Julio Franco (1991) and Otis Nixon (1995). The all-time leader is Rafael Palmeiro, who hit in 30 straight road games from June 1 to August 1, 1993.

* Lewis' biggest inning Thursday might have been the fifth. He made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt to first base (though Napoli tried to backhand it and stay on the bag instead of coming off the bag), allowing the speedy Peter Bourjos to go from first to third with one out. Lewis, though, was able to bear down and get Erick Aybar on a nasty 1-2 slider and struck out Jeff Mathis to end the threat.

* Lowe pitched what was likely his best inning of the season in a 1-0 game in the eighth. He struck out Maicer Izturis with a nice changeup with big movement, got Howie Kendrick to ground out to short and then struck out Vernon Wells on a nasty slider. He needed just 11 pitches (nine of them strikes). Lowe came to the mound for his warm-up pitches and looked like he was on a mission. A friendly reminder: Lowe came over in the Cliff Lee trade while hurt. That's good work by the front office.

* Neftali Feliz pitched four of the last five days and warmed up on the day he didn't pitch, so the Rangers didn't want to use him. They also wanted to stay away from Koji Uehara. So Lowe got the eighth and Adams came in to close the game in the ninth. He couldn't get the job done.

* For the first time all series, Michael Young didn't have a three-hit game. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and finished the series 10-for-17 (.588).

* The Rangers' approach was to work Weaver, as the first inning demonstrated. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus each had seven-pitch at-bats, and Weaver threw 29 pitches in the first inning. So despite not scoring a run, the Rangers were able to drive up Weaver's pitch count.

* Elvis Andrus likes hitting against Weaver. He was 3-for-3, including a double with two outs in the third. He also had a stolen base. Andrus is now 17-for-42 off Weaver in his career, a .405 clip.

* Bobby Abreu hit a shot to right field that hit near the top of the wall, which is higher in parts of right field. If it's hit a few feet to the left, it's a homer. Instead, it was a double and Lewis got the next batter, Torii Hunter, to pop up to end the inning.

* Mitch Moreland was taken out of the lineup prior to Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring. Mike Napoli moved to first base and Josh Hamilton was put at DH with Endy Chavez going into CF.