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Rangers try to start new win streak

Loe, Rangers try to get new win streak started

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.

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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.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Kameron Loe
• 9-5, 3.58 ERA in 2005
• 1-1, 9.00 ERA vs. LAA in 2005

LAA: 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.

Quotable:
"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

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
 Gameday
 Official game notes

On television
• TEX: FSN, ESPN
• LAA: FSN, ESPN

On radio
• TEX: KRLD 1080 AM; KFLC 1270 AM (Español)
• LAA: KSPN 710 AM; KTNQ 1020 AM (Español)

Quick hits
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.

On deck
• 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.

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