With the Angels trailing, 10-6,
With a Globe Life Park crowd of 37,277 on its feet in anticipation of the Rangers clinching their sixth
C.J. Cron grounded an RBI single to center to make it 10-9,
The Angels will still need help from the
If the Angels and Astros finish in a tie, they would play on Monday in Houston to determine the league’s final playoff entrant, with the winner of that game traveling to New York to play the
The Rangers had erased a 6-5 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, an inning Andrus opened with an infield single off reliever Mike Morin. Odor popped out, but
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia pulled Ramos in favor of right-hander Trevor Gott, whose first pitch was smacked into center field by
The Angels threatened in the seventh when Trout and Pujols singled with two outs, but Rangers reliever Keone Kela got Murphy to bounce back to the mound, ending the inning.
Texas then tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh on solo homers by
The Angels appeared to break the game open with a four-run fifth, an inning that featured Perez’s run-scoring double after he had failed to advance a runner with a bunt, Giavotella’s RBI single, a
But the Angels gave it all back in the bottom of the fifth, an inning that started ominiously when
Chirinos chopped a grounder to third that Freese back-handed, but his low throw to second bounced into right field for an error. Odor spiked Giavotella's left shin with a late and questionable slide, got up and took third.
Delino DeShields hit a liner off the glove of a leaping Giavotella for an RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3. Choo followed with a grounder into the second-base hole.
Giavotella ranged far to his right to field the ball, but instead of getting the easy out at first, he went for an extremely difficult force at second. His throw and DeShields arrived at the same time, and Aybar, shielded by the runner, was unable to make the catch.
That loaded the bases for Beltre, who lined a two-run single to center off reliever
Angels left-hander Jose Alvarez kept the score even by entering with two on and no outs and striking out