Rangers clinch playoff berth with 5-3 victory

Fri Oct 2, 2015 1:05am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers guaranteed themselves a post-season spot by beating the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday with third baseman Adrian Beltre driving in three runs for Texas, though just making the playoffs was not enough for the team.

"We're trying to get this division," Texas center fielder Delino DeShields said. "It's a good feeling to be guaranteed in the playoffs, but we're not done yet.

"We've got one more game to get the division and that's the goal we've been working for all year."

The Rangers (87-72) can do no worse than a wild card and are three games ahead of Houston (84-75) in the American League West with three games left in the regular season.

The Astros begin a three-game series with Arizona on Friday.

Texas needs one more win, or an Astros loss, to clinch their sixth division title.

The Angels, last year's West champion, were eliminated from the division race, but are still alive for a playoff berth.

Los Angeles and Minnesota are 83-76, one game behind Houston for the second wild card spot.

The New York Yankees (87-72) locked down the other wild card with their victory over Boston earlier on Thursday.   Continued...

Oct 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) and catcher Robinson Chirinos (61) and center fielder Delino DeShields (7) celebrate scoring against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports