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TEX@LAA: Darvish fans nine over six innings

ANAHEIM -- There are no guarantees for the Rangers any longer, not after Sunday night.

Their losing streak reached five games as the Angels completed a three-game sweep with a 5-2 victory at Angel Stadium behind the pitching of Matt Shoemaker.

Two-time All-Star right-hander Yu Darvish, the closest to a sure thing in a Rangers uniform, had won five consecutive decisions in Anaheim.

But that was before Darvish was knocked around for four runs in the fourth inning Sunday, which included home runs by C.J. Cron -- his third in three days against the Rangers -- and Kole Calhoun, plus an RBI double by David Freese.

"In my last start [in Oakland], my mechanics were off, and I wasn't able to make the adjustment between starts," Darvish said. "It was just the fastball. With sliders, I was able to throw good ones in key situations, but yes, my command was off."

Darvish (7-4) came in with a 5-1 record and a 2.43 ERA at Angel Stadium, with 53 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. He struck out nine in six innings Sunday, but allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, four walks (three by Hank Conger) and two wild pitches.

"He got some balls up in the zone, in the wrong spot," manager Ron Washington said.

"We might have found a little something in his mechanics that [Darvish] might be able to work out, and get a little more action on his pitches," catcher Chris Gimenez said. "It might be an easy fix. We'll take a look at it in his next bullpen [session]."

Shoemaker (5-1), facing the Rangers for the first time, went 7 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out six. The only run Shoemaker allowed came in the sixth inning, when Leonys Martin scored from third on Shoemaker's errant pickoff throw to first base.

Brad Snyder homered off relieverJoe Smith in the ninth for the Rangers' final run.

"You've got to give [Shoemaker] credit," Washington said. "He shut us down. He had a good breaking ball, and he threw strikes."

Calhoun's homer was a two-run shot that hit the right-field foul pole. But that was not his only notable moment in the game.

In the first inning, Calhoun was awarded the game's first run, thanks to a new baseball rule plus a replay review that overturned the out call on the field, and led to Washington being ejected.

With Calhoun running from first on a 3-2 pitch, Albert Pujols singled to center. Martin's throw in missed the cutoff man, and went up the third-base line, so Calhoun headed home. Darvish backed up the play and threw to Gimenez, and Calhoun was called out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia questioned the play, and the call was reversed because Gimenez was ruled to be blocking the plate (Rule 7.13).

"I, honestly, really don't know what I'm supposed to do on that play," Gimenez said. "It was just a reaction play. The ball took Darvish over there, and I kind of went over there. It was a situation where there wasn't any intent [to block the plate]."

When Washington emerged from the dugout, he was immediately ejected by plate umpire Bill Miller, so bench coach Tim Bogar took over as manager.

It was Washington's second ejection this season, and 15th of his eight-year managerial career. Ted Barrett threw him out April 14 in a 7-1 loss to Seattle. Miller was responsible for Washington's first ejection, in 2007.

"You're not supposed to come out and question that," Washington said, referring to replay-review rulings.

That automatic, the Ranger manager said, he got. He said he doesn't get the ruling on that particular play.

"You can't stop the instincts of the game from happening," Washington said. "To me, that was an instinctive play [by Gimenez]. I think each play has to be judged for what it is. What's the catcher supposed to do, look down at the plate, and see where his feet are supposed to be?"

"You can't just blanket it. It was instinctual, where the ball took him."

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre had two hits, leaving him one shy of 2,500. Martin had three hits, including two doubles. But the Rangers left five men on base.

"We have to find ways to produce runs," Washington said. "[If] we produce runs, we'll be fine." Comments