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Down 10–6 in Texas, the Los Angeles Angels scored five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Rangers 11–10 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

By SI Wire
October 03, 2015

Down 10–6 in Texas, the Los Angeles Angels scored five runs in the ninth inning to beat the Rangers 11–10 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

After the Astros’ win on Saturday, both the Rangers’ magic number to win the division and the Angels’ elimination number are one.

Texas needs just one more win, or one more Astros loss, to clinch the American League West title. Los Angeles can enter a tie with Houston for the last wild-card spot with a win on Sunday, and an Astros loss.

The inning started with back-to-back solo home runs from Erick Aybar and Kole Calhoun, chasing closer Shawn Tolleson from the game.

Ross Ohlendorf then entered for Texas. After retiring Mike Trout, he allowed a double to Albert Pujols, and a batter later, an RBI single to C.J. Cron.

Los Angeles then rattled off three straight two-out singles from David Freese, Carlos Perez and Johnny Giavotella to put them ahead for good.

Joe Smith came on in the bottom of the frame and closed out the win. Jo Jo Reyes earned the victory, throwing just one pitch—his first in the Major Leagues since 2011.

Here’s a quick recap, in one GIF:

- Kenny Ducey

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