Angels' playoff hopes alive with win over Rangers

Sat Oct 3, 2015 12:24am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Mike Trout hit a leadoff triple in the ninth and then scored the winning run in a 2-1 victory on Friday over the Texas Rangers, keeping the Los Angeles Angels' playoff hopes alive.

Pounding his hands together, it was obvious what the moment meant to last year's MVP.

"It's a big game," Trout said. "We're fighting."

The Angels (84-76) were one game behind Houston starting the day in the race for the second wild-card spot. Minnesota also began Friday tied with Los Angeles.

"We can't lose anymore," Trout said.

The loss kept the Rangers (87-73) from celebrating an American League West title before a sellout crowd of 47,219.

Texas, already assured of a spot in the post-season, came into the game needing one win or a Houston loss to clinch the division.

The Astros were at Arizona later on Friday.

"We've got two games left and we're going to continue to play hard," Texas manager Jeff Banister said.   Continued...

Oct 2, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) hits a triple in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Los Angeles won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports