The Rangers will try to pull even with the .500 mark as well as the Angels when their three-game series continues at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.
Kameron Loe will open for the Rangers. He's 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA as a starter and has allowed only six homers and 23 walks in 76 1/3 innings this season. In his last outing, Loe allowed six hits and one earned run in 5 1/3 innings for his ninth win.
The Angels will counter with John Lackey, who was born in Abilene, Texas, and played at Texas-Arlington and Grayson County College in Denison. Lackey allowed six runs in his last start, but is 6-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break.
The Rangers fell on Tuesday, 2-1, as Bartolo Colon earned his 20th win for the Angels. Michael Young doubled and scored the Rangers' only run.
RHP Kameron Loe
9-5, 3.58 ERA in 2005
1-1, 9.00 ERA vs. LAA in 2005
RHP John Lackey
12-5, 3.46 ERA in 2005
1-0, 7.63 ERA vs. TEX in 2005
Player to watch
Young is 16-for-38 (.421) with two doubles, a triple, two homers and nine RBIs lifetime against Lackey. Young extended his hitting streak on Tuesday to a career-high 17 games and currently leads the league in batting with a .329 mark.
"We did have some opportunities because of [three errors by the Angels]. We capitalized on one of them, but their pitching was just too good tonight." -- Mark Teixeira, on Tuesday's loss
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Tuesday's loss snapped a five-game winning streak, Texas' second longest of the year. The Rangers won nine in a row from May 20-31. ... The Rangers are 9-37 when scoring three or fewer runs. ... Kevin Mench has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.
Thursday: at Angels, 9:05 p.m. CT
Friday: at A's, 9:05 p.m. CT
Saturday: at A's, 3:05 p.m. CT
Mark Thoma is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.