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Friday, June 1st (All times eastern)

Texas Rangers (31-20) at LA Angels of Anaheim (26-26), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.58) LA Angels - Jerome Williams (5-2, 3.81)

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers took a pounding in the last two games of their six-game homestand, allowing a combined 31 runs, and hope a change of scenery will get the club back on track.

The American League West-leading Rangers kick off a 10-game road trip tonight with the first of three straight games against the division-rival LA Angels of Anaheim. The Rangers had won their first four games on their homestand until dropping a 10-3 decision to Seattle on Tuesday, followed by a tremendously lopsided 21-8 setback in Wednesday's series finale.

Rangers starter Derek Holland lasted only 1 2/3 innings and was rocked for eight runs and eight hits, including two home runs. Yoshinori Tateyama did no better in relief and was reached for eight runs -- six earned -- in just two- thirds of an inning.

"They hit every single pitch we threw no matter where it was, what it was they were hitting it, so you just have to tip your hat to them," Holland said. "You're going to have days, I mean everybody is going to have them, and, yeah, the hardest part is probably forgetting things, but if you can forget things you'll be a better person."

Mike Napoli drove in two runs, while Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Ian Kinsler recorded two hits, an RBI and run scored each for the Rangers. Alberto Gonzalez ended with three hits and three runs scored. The 21 runs tied for the second most given up by the Rangers in club history. They allowed 23 runs to Oakland on Sept. 30, 2000.

Texas recorded a 17-6 mark in April and went a bit soft in May, going 14-14. It will hand the ball to Colby Lewis in Friday's series opener in Anaheim and he is 4-3 with a 3.58 earned run average in 10 starts this season. He is 1-0 in his previous two starts since a personal three-game slide and did not record a decision in Saturday's 807 win over Toronto, as he gave up four runs and 10 hits in a season-low 5 1/3 innings.

Lewis, who is 2-2 in five road assignments this season, will face the Angels for the 14th time in his career. The right-hander owns a 4-3 mark to go along with a 4.48 ERA in the first 13 games (11 starts) in this series.

Meanwhile, the Angels had their eight-game winning streak come to an end with Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees in the finale of a three-game series from Angel Stadium and will try to bounce back tonight.

The Angels are 2-1 so far on a nine-game homestand and were done in by Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly that scored Raul Ibanez for the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. Hisanori Takahashi was tagged with the loss and starter Ervin Santana escaped with a no-decision despite surrendering five runs and six hits (2 homers) in five innings.

Mark Trumbo homered in a career-high fourth straight game and finished with three RBI in a losing cause. Trumbo finished with three hits and three RBI, and had homered in three consecutive games last season from July 8-11.

"My ultimate goal is to hit the ball hard and help the team win," Trumbo said.

Mike Trout drove in two runs and Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 in defeat. Trout entered the contest batting .327 and has hits in 20 of 27 games. The Halos are 5 1/2 games behind the Rangers for the AL West lead and will also host Seattle on their current residency. They are 11-5 in the past 16 games.

Jerome Williams gets the call for the Angels and he is 5-2 with a 3.81 earned run average in nine games (eight starts) this season. He has tossed three quality starts in a row and has won five of his past six decisions, including a 5-3 win at Seattle on Saturday. Williams allowed three runs in six innings that day with five strikeouts and two walks.

The big right-hander will make his first career start against the Rangers and faced them in relief in a 10-3 loss in Arlington on May 11. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and yielded a season-high six runs and 11 hits. In four relief appearances against Texas, Williams has no record and a 12.19 ERA over 10 1/3 innings pitched. On a brighter note, he is 7-0 with a 1.74 ERA in seven starts at Angel Stadium, including a 4-0 mark this season.

Anaheim lost two of three meetings with Texas from May 11-13 and six of the past seven matchups between the teams. The Rangers have won three straight and six of seven trips to the Big A.

06/01 11:00:09 ET

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