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July 12, 2014

Texas has now dropped 12 of last 13 games; 20 of 23

ARLINGTON, Texas — Garrett Richards allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal winning streak to seven decisions as the Los Angeles Angels handed the Texas Rangers their sixth consecutive loss, 3-0 on Friday night.

Mike Trout provided Richards all the run support he needed with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 22nd of the season.

Richards (11-2) is unbeaten in his last eight starts and the right-hander has an ERA of 1.27 during that span. His last loss was May 30, at Oakland.

Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar had two hits each for Los Angeles, and Alex Rios had two for Texas.

Texas right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5) retired the first 10 batters he faced before Trout sent a 1-0 sinker 418 feet to center field for the game’s first run. Tepesch allowed two runs in the seventh.

The Rangers left eight men on base, including runners in scoring position in six innings.

The Rangers (38-55) have lost 12 of their last 13 games and 20 of their last 23, saddling them with the worst record in the major leagues.

Trout has driven in 45 runs in his last 51 games. He entered Friday’s game second in the American League in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

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