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Battling for wild card, Angels win

Angels shortstop Erick Aybar tries to turn a double play as the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre slides into second base during the sixth inning in Arlington, Texas. Mitch Moreland was safe at first base. The Texas loss prevented the Rangers from clinching the AL West.

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Angels shortstop Erick Aybar tries to turn a double play as the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre slides into second base during the sixth inning in Arlington, Texas. Mitch Moreland was safe at first base. The Texas loss prevented the Rangers from clinching the AL West.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Trout hit a leadoff triple in the ninth inning and scored on Albert Pujols' tiebreaking single, sending the wild card-contending Angels to a 2-1 win over the Rangers that kept Texas from clinching the AL West title Friday night.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson (6-4) appeared in his fourth consecutive game. Trout hit the second pitch deep into the right-center gap, then slid headfirst into third base before emphatically pumping his right arm toward his teammates in the dugout.

Pujols followed with a soft single to leftfield on the next pitch.

Texas went into Friday already assured a playoff spot, but able to secure the division title with a win over the Angels or a loss by second-place Houston.

Mike Morin (4-2), the fourth Angels pitcher, retired the only batter he faced when Adrian Beltre grounded out to end the eighth.

Joe Smith worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save, including a strikeout of slugger Josh Hamilton.

Shin-Soo Choo matched his career high with his 22nd homer leading off the Texas fourth to tie the score at 1. Choo is batting .413 (33-for-80) over his last 21 games to raise his batting average from .253 to .276, and has reached base in 51 of his last 53 games.

Angels 2

Rangers 1

Battling for wild card, Angels win 10/02/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2015 11:57pm]
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