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"It's not fun at all," Hunter added. "It wasn't fun for us and it wasn't fun for the Rangers. I'm sure all 18 hitters that started were frustrated. But it was an old-time pitcher's duel and everyone else loved it. We hated it."
Weaver and Wilson both were on their game right from the start. Weaver retired the first two batters in six of the first seven innings. Andrus doubled with one out in the first and was thrown out at third by Jeff Mathis on the front end of an attempted double steal after a walk to Josh Hamilton.
"Anybody in that lineup can hurt you with a homer, so the focus was to keep those guys off the bases and getting early outs. And getting to two outs as quick as possible was huge," Weaver said. "I have to give it up to the defense. They made some great plays."
The Angels got a break in the second when rookie Mike Trout's routine flyball broke off the glove of Chavez in right-center for an error that allowed Howie Kendrick to score from second base with two outs. Kendrick was hit by a pitch in the foot and stole second.
"I felt like I made a couple of mistakes, so I wasn't perfect. If you're not perfect, you can't expect to win," Wilson said. "You always need offense to score, and we just didn't score today. So whether I gave up one run or five runs, it's the same result -- a loss."
Chavez's error was his first this season and the first by any Rangers outfielder since July 3, when Hamilton overthrew catcher Yorvit Torrealba trying to keep Florida's Wes Helms from scoring on a single to center by Emilio Bonifacio -- allowing allowed Bonifacio to take an extra base.
The Angels are scheduled to play 10 of their final 41 regular-season games against the Rangers, including a three-game set at Anaheim that concludes the schedule.
"It probably will," manager Ron Washington said when asked if he thought the division race will go down to the wire. "But I'm not concerned about Anaheim. I'm concerned about the Texas Rangers and who we're going to be playing next. When we see the Angels, we'll play them. But I don't watch the box scores, wondering what Anaheim is doing. And I'm quite sure they don't do the same with us."
NOTES: Weaver is 7-0 with a 2.32 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rangers in Anaheim. ... Wilson's only complete-game victory in the majors was on May 7, 2001, when he beat Kansas City 4-1 with a five-hitter at the Ballpark in Arlington. ... Trout robbed Michael Young of extra bases with a diving catch in center field leading off the second inning. ... The Rangers are 22-15 with a .286 team batting average and averaging .5.35 runs since firing hitting coach Thad Bosley on June 8 and replacing him with Triple-A hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. Before the change, the club had a .261 average and was averaging 4.7 runs.
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