Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 5/13/12
ARLINGTON, Texas If the Angels aren't in awe of the Rangers now, they at least have a greater appreciation of how difficult it will be to catch Texas. That challenge became just a little harder after Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Rangers, who took two of the three games over the weekend. Texas now holds an 8-game lead over Los Angeles in the AL West standings. The ferocity of those wins the Rangers also bashed the Angels, 10-3, in the opener is what makes the challenge of catching Texas so daunting. "Yeah, I'd say they're pretty good," said the Angels' Jered Weaver, who started Sunday. "You've got to be on your A game when you go out and face these guys, especially in their home park. That just wasn't the case tonight." After ringing up five wins to start the season, Weaver was handed his first loss and saw his ERA bloom from 1.60 to 2.83. Weaver had allowed just one run in his last 23 innings before facing the Texas lineup. Sunday, he gave up eight runs and exited after 3 13 innings, his shortest outing since 2009. "They don't give you a chance to breathe," Weaver said. "You've got to be pretty fine with all your pitches and that wasn't the case tonight." The Angels did get an impressive pitching performance Saturday from C.J. Wilson, who allowed just two runs over 5 23 innings in a 4-2 win. But if the Angels have to pitch lights-out just to have a chance against the Rangers, that doesn't bode well for their 16 remaining games against Texas. A whopping 13 of those games are in the second half of the season, and by then the Rangers could have the division wrapped up. "They didn't do anything to surprise us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We knew they could swing the bats. They've got some good arms. We have to control the game like we did yesterday and we weren't able to do that in a couple of these games." Sunday's victory gave the Rangers their fourth-straight series win over the Angels. The Rangers have won six of the last seven series with Los Angeles and 10 of the last 13. If the Angels had swept the Rangers, they would only trail Texas by four games. After a terrible start to the season, a series sweep would have made them 17-18 with 127 games to go. Instead, the Angels are 15-20 and have been blown out twice by the division-leading Rangers. "We'll turn the page on this one," Scioscia said. "Those guys had a great night in the batter's box and we're going to have to pick it up and keep moving forward." The key for the Angels likely rests in not focusing on catching the Rangers and just trying to make themselves better, which is a chore in itself given the rough start. "Regardless of who we're facing, we just want to go out there and win ballgames," Weaver said. "Obviously it would be nice to do it against Texas who's leading the division. It just didn't happen this series, but what do we got, 16 more, 17 more against them? We'll turn the page here and go back on a homestand and try to get the ball rolling again." Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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