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MLB: LA Angels 5, Texas 4 (1st game)

Sept. 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Torii Hunter pounded a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning Sunday and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 5-4 in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Hunter's clutch smash against Rangers closer Joe Nathan (3-5) made a winner of Garrett Richards (4-3), who had recorded the final out in the eighth,

Mike Trout socked a solo homer for Los Angeles, which ended the contest two games behind the Oakland Athletics in the race for the final American League wild-card spot.

Kendrys Morales and Albert Pujols each provided an RBI for the Angels.

Nelson Cruz belted a two-run homer for Texas, which came into the game leading Oakland by 2 1/2 games in the AL West.

The Rangers were looking to clinch a playoff berth with a victory in the nightcap.

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