Jurickson Profar kept the Texas Rangers in the playoff hunt with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-5.
It was a back-and-forth ballgame that the Rangers had to have—and they got it.
Texas took the lead in the sixth inning on a Leonys Martin two-RBI double, but Tanner Scheppers could not hold the lead in the seventh. Kole Calhoun greeted the Rangers' reliever with a triple and scored on Mark Trumbo's RBI single.
The Rangers didn't do themselves any favors in the top of the second by putting up a club-record four errors in the inning, allowing the Los Angeles Angels to re-take the lead 4-3.
Ron Washington's club had to feel pretty good after taking a 3-1 lead in the first. Pitcher Matt Garza cruised to two quick outs in the second, but it was all downhill from there for the Rangers. Mitch Moreland booted a routine grounder, Ian Kinsler did the same and added a throwing error to the mix, and Adrian Beltre added another for good measure.
Jerome Williams has escaped several jams for Los Angeles, the biggest coming in the fifth inning. Texas loaded the bases with no outs, but Williams struck Alex Rios out on a full count and induced a Beltre double play to end the threat.
Texas fell behind early but came up with a quick response to take the lead over the Los Angeles Angels after one inning,
Tampa Bay and Cleveland both held serve in their games, keeping Texas out of the playoff picture for now.
Can Texas come back and make a run at the postseason?
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