"Yeah, that seemed a little odd," he said. "I played well here, and I played hard for these people. I don't know what to make of it. But it was ... really odd."Still, the displeasure directed toward Matthews was nothing like the boos Rangers fans have begun to shower on their own team. The Rangers' five consecutive home losses have featured all manner of sloppy play, mental lapses and physical errors. Tuesday's included catcher Adam Melhuse throwing to an uncovered base as Figgins stole second in the third, and Murphy hitting a seventh-inning double only to be tagged out when he kept running before noticing lead runner Marlon Byrd had stopped at third base. "I think their baserunning mistake was big that inning," Scioscia said, "but those guys did a lot right on the field. They made us earn it. I don't think they gave us anything." Rangers manager Ron Washington wasn't nearly so charitable. He felt it necessary to apologize for his team's performances in series sweeps by the Blue Jays and Angels. "We played five bad games," Washington said. "Whatever type of mistake that could be made, we've made. We do apologize to the fans for that, but it will get better." With the weather at one of the summer's hot spots unseasonably cool and pleasant (68 degrees), and with the home team playing so poorly in virtually every facet of the game, perhaps the Angels' only regret was that this stay was limited to only two games. The Rangers proved quite a tonic after the Angels lost two of three in Seattle. Even Figgins was able to celebrate after getting two consecutive singles against the hobbled Millwood, ending an 0-for-22 career drought against the pitcher. "It was frustrating," admitted Figgins, who thrust his arms in the air at first base and grinned after his third-inning single. About the only disappointment for the Angels was the shaky performance of starting pitcher Dustin Moseley. The converted reliever gave up four runs on seven hits and was pulled after he was unable to retire the Rangers' leadoff hitter in the fifth. Moseley is 1-1 with a 7.80 ERA after three starts in place of the injured John Lackey. "There's more in there," Scioscia said. "Dustin has the ability to come out with the consistency he showed for his first five innings last time [April 9 against Cleveland] and get on a roll." Moseley sounded equally disappointed after walking five and striking out one in his four-inning stint. "This is not the way I expected myself to do," he said. "I'm better than the three starts I've had. There's no excuse for it. It's just a lack of focus at times. ... I don't throw 95 mph, so I need to have strike one. I've got to get back to attacking the hitters." Darren Oliver (1-0), the second of five Angels pitchers, got the win in relief. Closer Francisco Rodriguez walked two in the ninth inning, but also struck out two to nail down his fifth save in six chances.
Ken Daley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.