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Rangers eliminate Angels with 4-3 victory

Sep 27, 2011, 1:23 AM EDT

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Losing for the fourth time in five games, the Angels were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Monday night, as the Rangers beat them 4-3.

The Angels did try to come back from 3-0 down.  The Rangers, getting ready for Friday’s ALDS Game 1, pulled starter C.J. Wilson after two innings and turned to Mark Hamburger.  Hamburger kept the Halos scoreless until the sixth, when Mike Trout singled in a run and Bobby Abreu walked with the bases loaded.

That made it 3-2 Rangers.  The Rangers added an insurance run when Michael Young singled in Elvis Andrus in the eighth, and it proved crucial, as the Angels could come back with only one run off Neftali Feliz in the ninth.

Dan Haren, who left his last start with a left wrist contusion suffered when he was hit by a liner, went eight innings for the Angels. He struck out eight, and one of the four runs he gave up was unearned, the result of a Jeff Mathis error.

With the victory, the Rangers stayed one game up on the Tigers for home-field advantage in the first round of the postseason. It obviously wasn’t too important to Texas — note Wilson’s early exit — but it’d seem terribly advantageous to miss the Yankees in the ALDS. The winner of the wild card, whether it’s the Red Sox or Rays, is likely to be poorly set up for the postseason opener, especially if the two teams have to take part in a one-game playoff Thursday.

  1. cosanostra71 - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    disappointing, but there is a lot of young talent and positives to build on next year! Just hope Weaver, Haren and Santana can keep up their career years next year too… and really hope Jeff Mathis is on the first bus out of town.

  2. pisano - Sep 27, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Good deal, I don’t know which team I dislike the worst, the Angels, or the Red Sox. The Angels were eliminated tonight and I hope the Red Sox are right behind them.

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