MLB: Texas 5, Los Angeles Angels 3

Sept. 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Alex Rios drove in the tiebreaking run with a seventh-inning single Friday that boosted Texas to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers find themselves just one game behind co-leaders Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the chase for the American League's two wild card berths.

Unless the Rays or the Indians lose both their remaining regular-season games, the best Texas can hope for is to earn a spot in a playoff game for one of the wild card berths.

The Rangers won their fifth in a row, coming through with a key seventh inning against J.C. Gutierrez (1-5).

Ian Kinsler drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, went to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Gutierrez and moved to third on a sacrifice by Elvis Andrus.

Rios then singled to right to bring in Kinsler with the run that snapped a 3-3 tie. Rios stole second and eventually scored an insurance run on a single by A.J. Pierzynski.

Neal Cotts (7-3), the third of five Texas pitchers, earned the victory by striking out two in a perfect seventh inning. Joe Nathan retired the side in order in the ninth on just seven pitches for his 42nd save.

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