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In the second, he got into a bases-loaded jam with no outs, and actually did well to escape with just one run scoring. Kole Calhoun made a diving catch and then Canning struck out the next two hitters.Canning allowed three straight hitters to reach with two outs in the third, including a Nomar Mazara two-run double. In the third, he hung a changeup that Rougned Odor blasted for a two-run homer, putting the Angels down 5-2.Canning stuck around long enough to give up one more run before departing.Besides the poor results, Canning also lost some velocity on his fastball in his final inning. Canning said he wasn’t fatigued or injured. It seemed that he and Manager Brad Ausmus were willing to write it off as just a bad night.“If Griff is on his game, you wouldn’t see runs being put up like that,” Ausmus said. It was the first of his 12 big league starts in which he didn’t finish the fourth, and the first time he allowed more than four runs.“I just was working behind,” Canning said. “It’s kind of the story of what I’ve been doing all year. Just falling behind guys, and then I have to come in the zone. I think if I’m able just to work ahead, that’s usually when I throw well.”Canning had a lead before he threw his first pitch, thanks to Mike Trout’s first-inning homer, which was his 25th homer of the season. It was also Trout’s ninth homer this season against the Rangers, which tied the franchise record for homers against one team in a single season. The Angels have six games left against Texas.Trout had a chance to get the Angels back into the game in the seventh, when he came up with two on a four-run deficit. He hit a flyout to center field. Shohei Ohtani then hit a flyout to right.By the time the Angels batted again, Odor had put the game out of reach with a 471-foot, three-run homer on a 100-mph fastball from Luis García.That would send the Angels out of town with a lopsided loss, although still having won two of three against the Rangers in the wake of the stunning loss of Tyler Skaggs.“Coming here, taking two out of three from a pretty good team that is second in the division, under the circumstances, I think is a victory,” Lucroy said. “I tell the boys, you win two out of three the rest of the year, you win the World Series. Do the math on it. It’s true.“The circumstances have been really tough, but the guys haven’t made any excuses. We’ve played hard, played to win. That’s what Skaggsy would have wanted, and I don’t think he would have liked it too much if we were in here feeling sorry for ourselves. He wants us to battle and fight. We had a tough one tonight. We’re not gonna win them all. But I’m happy with the first two games of the series.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ARLINGTON, Texas — Griffin Canning, who has been the Angels best starting pitcher to date this season, endured the worst start of his young big league career.Canning gave up six runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in the Angels’ 9-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.“He wasn’t throwing many strikes, like he usually does,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “He wasn’t very sharp with his execution. That’s pretty much it.”Canning struck out the side in the first inning, but couldn’t make it through another clean inning.