ARLINGTON, Texas —
It was all fun and games for the
Frieri, in his second season as closer, has had his share of devastating defeats, but he took this loss harder than any other, spending more than 10 minutes after the game with his hands behind his head, staring blankly into his locker. It was as if the weight of a season filled with frustrating losses had fallen on his shoulders.
"It's a tough situation, we've been struggling, and I went out there and gave up the game," Frieri said after his third blown save. "That's what makes this game so frustrating at times. We needed a win to relax, to calm down, and we lost again."
Frieri tried to elevate a 1-and-2 fastball to the left-handed-hitting Pierzynski but left it down and in, right in Pierzynski's swing path. Home run to right field.
Nelson Cruz singled but was wiped out on
"It's tough, man," said Weaver, who struck out six and is 4-1 with a 1.31 earned-run average in his last seven starts. "These games are very important. We're trying to do what we can to battle and win, and it's just not working out for us.
"We're going to keep fighting, scratching and clawing, but it's getting down to the nitty gritty. We've got to start putting something together if we're going to get back in this thing. We can't let games like this slip away."
Shuck's solo homer to right off Matt Garza, his first in 357 at-bats, and
Weaver's scoreless streak of 192/3 innings and Texas' scoreless streak of 26 innings ended in the sixth on
The Angels failed to score after putting runners on first and third with no outs in the eighth, as
The Rangers trimmed the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth when Andrus singled off reliever
"Every time you miss with location, you're going to get hurt, and I'm No. 1 at doing that," Frieri said. "I miss, I get hurt really bad."