By Pete Zarustica
Jered Weaver and Andrelton Simmons each put on virtuoso performances Sunday to allow the Los Angeles Angels to salvage the last game of the series with the Texas Rangers with a 3-2 victory.
Simmons homered in the second and sixth innings to provide what proved to be the winning margin. Yunel Escobar also went deep for the Halos.
“I’m not a homer hitter, but I’m taking better swings lately,” said Simmons. “I’ve been feeling really, really good lately with my swing and ran into a couple today.”
Jered Weaver (11-11) was touched twice for home runs by Adrian Beltre, but otherwise held the Rangers in check, working 6.2 innings while striking out eight batters and walking two. He yielded just two single in addition to Beltre’s home runs.
The Angels totaled eight hits in the win, which put their record at 63-79, fourth in the American League West. Texas (85-59) still leads the ALW.
Escobar and Simmons each had two hits. Mike Trout went hitless, but did draw a walk.
The Angels next host a series with the Seattle Mariners (75-68, third in the division) starting on Monday. Ricky Nolasco (5-13) will get the start for the Halos.