Texas Rangers Beat Los Angeles Angels 10-3
Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning, and the surging Texas Rangers stayed on track for homefield advantage in the AL division series with a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Ian Kinsler joined the 30-30 Club for the second time in his career after notching his 30th stolen base of the season last night.
“We’ve been playing good baseball all year, especially down the stretch,” Rangers manager Ron Washington told MLB.com. “That’s all that is … we’ve been playing good baseball. If we win the game, we know we go home. We’re going to go out there and play the best we can. I’m going to put my ‘A’ team out there, we’re going to strap it on and play hard for nine innings.”
The Rangers (95-66) have won five straight and nine of 10 while holding off Detroit (94-67), which beat Cleveland 9-6, for the AL’s second-best record.
If Texas wins Wednesday’s season finale or if the Tigers lose to the Indians, the Rangers will host the AL’s wild-card winner on Friday. Detroit holds the tiebreaker if the clubs finish even.
A day after the AL West champion Rangers eliminated the Angels from the wild-card race, Napoli hit two of the Rangers’ five homers among their 15 hits.
Information from the Associated Press used in this report