Texas could not clinch the American League West on Thursday with the Astros idle, but can do so on Friday with another win over Los Angeles. The postseason berth is the Rangers’ first since 2012, when it lost the inaugural American League Wild Card game to the Orioles.
Lefthander Derek Holland picked up the win for the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, improving to 4–3 after holding the Angels to three runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six batters while walking three. The Rangers’ bullpen allowed only one hit and one walk in relief.
Lefthander Andrew Heaney was credited with the loss for the Angels after allowing four runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out one batter while walking five.
Including Friday, the Rangers have three regular-season games remaining, all against the Angels.