Walkoff for Texas, step down for Halos

ALBERT PUJOLS had two hits and drove in two in the Angels’ 8-7 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday (Flickr/bk1bennett).

Another walkoff loss on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Angels meant a step down for the Halos. After losing 8-7 after blowing an early 7-4 lead, the Orange County team dropped out of a tie for third place in the American League West into fourth.

A single and two wild pitches put Elvis Andrus at third base in the bottom of the ninth in Arlington and Hunter Spence singled him home with the winning run.

Angel reliever Trevor Cahill (3-8) was the loser for the Halos.

After falling behind 2-0 in the second, the Angels caught and passed the Rangers with two runs in the fourth and fifth and three in the sixth. But the Halo bullpen – after Noe Ramirez, who worked two strong innings – again failed, allowing six hits and four runs the rest of the way.

The Angels’ offense did well, with 12 hits and four walks. Brian Goodwin, Albert Pujols and Max Stassi each had two hits, with Pujols driving in two runs.

The Angels will have today (Thursday) off and then visit another Texas team, the Houston Astros on Friday.

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