This should be Jered Weaver's finest hour.

On Friday, he became the American League's first 20-game winner this season. He has pitched a no-hitter this season. The Angels wonder why anyone else would win the Cy Young Award.

There might be a team spraying champagne in this ballpark this weekend. Unfortunately for Weaver and the Angels, that team would be the Texas Rangers.

Weaver did everything he could to keep the Angels alive Friday. But he could not stop the Oakland Athletics from winning, and he could not stop the schedule from marching toward its conclusion.

Weaver held the mighty Rangers to two runs over seven innings, and the Angels hung on for a 7-4 victory. But the A's won again, maintaining a two-game lead over the Angels for the fifth consecutive day.

A two-game lead with nine to play? Not so bad.

A two-game lead with five to play? Not so good.

"We saw some sillier things last year at 162 games," Weaver said. "Hopefully that happens to us. We've just to go out there and keep winning ballgames."

If not, by the time the Angels leave here Sunday, the Rangers could have clinched the American League West, and the A's could have clinched the final wild-card spot.

"We don't have control of our destiny," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We need to win and get some help. The only thing we control is how we play the game."