LAA at TEX: Rangers, Angels post starting lineup

Sept 29, 12:24 PM

The Rangers and Angels have released their starting lineups for Sunday's game.

Sept 29, 6:04 PM

LAA 2, TEX 6: Rangers will play Rays in tiebreak game

Sept 29, 6:04 PM

The Texas Rangers have defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 in a must-win game to get them into tiebreak game 163 for the chance at the last American League Wild Card spot.

Darvish was pulled after six and two thirds innings giving way to Neal Cotts.

Mike Trout started off the first inning with a solo home run, which would be the only run Darvish would give up. 

A sac bunt moved Craig Gentry to third, who scored on an Ian Kinsler double, 4-2 Rangers.

Adrian Beltre scored a run in the 6th, followed by a home run in the 8th. Geovany Soto also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning, 6-2 Rangers.

The Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night in a tiebreaker to determine the last AL Wild Card spot. Winner will play the Cleveland Indians who clinched Sunday afternoon.

Sept 29, 4:53 PM

LAA at TEX: Darvish gets pulled after putting two on base

Sept 29, 4:53 PM

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish has been pulled by manager Ron Washington in the 6th inning after putting two on base with two out.

Darvish pitched six and two-thirds innings with 85 pitches and eight strikeouts.

The Rangers are held on briefly to a one-run lead in a game they need to win in order to play tiebreaker game 163 Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays for the wild card spot.

Neal Cotts came on in relief and gave up a single to Josh Hamilton, scoring Erick Aybar tying the game 2-2.

Sept 29, 4:40 PM

LAA at TEX: Rangers take 2-1 lead in 5th inning

Sept 29, 4:40 PM

The Texas Rangers have scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Angels.

AJ Pierzynski hit his 24th double of the season, and advanced to third on a throwing error. Geovany Soto advanced to second.

Craig Gentry singled to center scoring both Pierzynski and Soto.

Sept 29, 3:17 PM

LAA at TEX: Trout takes Darvish deep in first inning

Sept 29, 3:17 PM

Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout put the Angels on the board with a solo home run with two outs in the first inning.

Sept 29, 9:25 AM

LAA at TEX: Rangers need win to remain in contention for playoff berth

Sept 29, 9:25 AM

(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers can thank a six-game winning streak for getting them back into the playoff mix and hope to stay in contention Sunday in the finale of a four-game series versus the LA Angels of Anaheim.

The Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays are tied for the second wild card spot in the American League and sit a game behind the Cleveland Indians. If the Rangers win and the Rays lose on Sunday, Texas will clinch the second spot and visit the Indians for Wednesday's wild card game. Cleveland won the tiebreaker.

If the Rangers and Rays both win Sunday and the Indians lose, Cleveland will host the Rays on Monday, with the loser of that game facing the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday.

Texas extended its winning streak with Saturday's 7-4 win over the Angels, as a four-run second inning gave the hosts some breathing room. Craig Gentry had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in a run for the Rangers, who took advantage of five Anaheim errors.

"All this is great, and all this is fun and all this won't matter if we don't win tomorrow," Pierzynski said of the playoff race. "We still got to win tomorrow. That's the biggest thing. To get through today, especially with the weather coming on and an 11 a.m. kickoff, it was good."

The Rangers and Angels were originally scheduled to play in the evening, but a storm in the Arlington area forced the schedule makers to adjust the game time.

Rangers starter Derek Holland struggled on the mound and allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings for a no-decision. Joakim Soria tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win and Joe Nathan nailed down his 43rd save in the ninth.

Yu Darvish gets the call for the Rangers Sunday. Darvish is only 1-4 in his previous five decisions and did not factor in the outcome of a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday, when he struck out nine and scattered four runs across 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball. Darvish, who has fanned at least nine batters in five of his last nine starts, is 13-9 with a 2.82 earned run average in 31 starts.

The right-hander has faced the Angels nine times in his career, going 6-1 with a 3.83 ERA, and has won all three meetings with them this season.

The Angels will close out their disappointing season Sunday and have lost three in a row and five of their last seven games. After landing coveted free agent slugger Josh Hamilton to join forces with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Angels failed to live up to expectations.

Now Angels manager Mike Scioscia could be on the way out.

In Saturday's setback at the Ballpark, Angels starter Garrett Richards allowed six runs, three of which were earned, and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

"We're going to try to come back tomorrow and beat these guys, and hopefully end the year on a positive note," said Richards.

Erick Aybar highlighted the Angels' offense with three hits and three runs scored and Trout was credited with a pair of RBI.

Toeing the rubber for the Halos Sunday will be Jason Vargas. Vargas ended a four-game winless drought (0-2) with a shutout versus Oakland on Tuesday. In the 3-0 victory that lifted Vargas' record to 9-7 in 23 starts with a 4.01 ERA, the right-hander scattered four hits, struck out five and walked one.

Vargas is 4-6 in 18 lifetime matchups (16 starts) with the Rangers and has no record and a 2.89 ERA in three starts this season.

Texas is 14-4 versus the Angels this season and has won seven in a row against them in Arlington.