A crowd of 45,772 in Globe Life Park was on its feet for the ninth inning, as Rangers left-hander
The Angels needed to beat the Rangers -- and they needed Arizona to beat Houston -- on Sunday to force a one-game tiebreaker against the
Instead, the Angels closed the season with an 85-77 record, while Texas advanced to the AL division series against the
But Richards left after six innings and an overworked and injury-plagued bullpen that kept the Angels in playoff contention for the last two weeks collapsed in the seventh, when five Angels relievers combined to give up four hits and three walks.
Angels right-hander Cam Bedrosian opened the seventh by walking Chris Gimenez. He then collided with third baseman
But Freese stumbled as he tried to get up to throw home and had no play as another run scored for a 5-2 Texas lead.
The Angels got off to a great start when
Pujols and Trout (41 homers) became the first pair of Angels teammates to hit 40 homers in the same season. Until this season, former third baseman Troy Glaus, who hit 47 homers in 2000 and 41 in 2001, was the only other Angel to hit 40 homers in a season.
But Richards seemed a little over-amped in the first inning, walking DeShields and Choo, the latter on four pitches. Fielder stroked an RBI single to left to pull the Rangers to within 2-1.
Richards escaped further damage with the help of Trout, who raced to the wall for Moreland's drive, but he needed 32 pitches to get out of the first inning.