If the Angels either miss the postseason by one game or miss winning the AL West by one game they may very well look back at the game they lost last night to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers held a five-game lead at the start of this four-game set in Arlington but the Angels buried the Rangers in this first two games.
Last night, the Angels had Garrett Richards on the mound and the Rangers had Yu Darvish. The Angels got on the board first in the 3rd scoring six runs and the score at the end of four the score was 7-1 Los Angeles.
But the Texas forever Rangers scored four in the 5th and at the end of five we had a ballgame, with LA up 7-5. But the Rangers made it 7-6 in the 8th and then in the bottom of the 9th, Ian Kinsler tied the game with homer off Ernesto Frieri.
But to their credit, the Angels came back strong in 10th as Chris Iannetta homered and Albert Pujols hit his second homer of the game as the LA put three on the board against Joe Nathan. But as if this were an episode of Wednesday Night Lights, in the bottom of the 10th, the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz homered, Mitch Moreland singled in a run off Jason Isringhausen (3-1) and with the sacks filled Elvis Andrus hit a walkoff two-run single to give the Rangers an 11-10 win.
It was the second time in Texas history the club has rallied to win after trailing by three in extra innings. The Rangers also did it May 18, 1975, against Detroit when they scored three in the 10th to tie the game and one in the 11th to win it on a walkoff single by Texas Rangers Hall of Famer and current Rangers broadcaster Tom Grieve.
This was one big win for the Rangers and an even bigger loss for the Angels.