ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rios had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Rangers finally gained some ground in the American League wild-card race with a 5-3 victory over the Angels on Friday night.
For the first time during its five-game winning streak, Texas moved closer in the wild-card standings with the Rays' loss at Toronto.
Texas trails Tampa Bay and Cleveland by one game.
With two games left in the regular season, the Rangers have a chance to go to the postseason for the fourth year in a row.
The loss was the 82nd for the Angels, ensuring them only their second losing record in the past 10 seasons.
Ian Kinsler led off the seventh with a walk off Juan Gutierrez, who took over after C.J. Wilson threw 121 pitches in six innings. Rios had his run-scoring hit after a sac bunt by Elvis Andrus, then scored on a two-out infield single by A.J. Pierzynski.
Texas went ahead 3-1 after a wild 31-pitch third inning for Wilson, the left-hander who left in free agency after being part of the Rangers' only two World Series teams (2010 and 2011). Wilson had three wild pitches and hit two batters in the inning.