The sloppy conditions of a rain-drenched field at the end didn't really bother Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
That sloppy defense? Well, that was a different story.
The Angels had five errors that led to three unearned runs and they lost 7-4 Saturday to the Texas Rangers, who with their sixth straight victory will go into the regular season's scheduled finale still with a chance to get into the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
''You can't sugar-coat the way we played defense. It was just brutal,'' Scioscia said. ''They were silly mistakes, and it cost us. That's the story of this afternoon.''
Texas was down three batters in, but the Angels made five errors for a game for the first time since Sept. 16, 2006, also at Texas. Shortstop Erick Aybar, right fielder Kole Calhoun, left fielder Collin Cowgill, pitcher Garrett Richards and third baseman Andrew Romine had the miscues.
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