Texas 8, LA Angels 7

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 71°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jim Joyce, First Base - Alan Porter, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mark Wegner,
Attendance - 48089

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
LA Angels 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 12 0
Texas 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 8 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
LA Angels 88-71 46-35 42-36 L1
Texas 93-66 50-31 43-35 W1

Recap

Rangers 8, Angels 7 (Game 2): Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in six runs as host Texas held off Los Angeles and clinched a playoff berth.

David Murphy added a solo homer and Josh Hamilton doubled in a run for the Rangers, who ensured themselves of at least a wild-card spot. Texas, which leads the Oakland Athletics by two games, has a magic number of two to clinch the American League West.

Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer and Howie Kendrick made it interesting with a three-run blast in the seventh for the Angels, who were pushed to the brink of elimination. Los Angeles trails the Athletics by three games for the second wild-card spot with three to play.

The Angels won the opener of the doubleheader 5-4 and looked to be in good shape in the nightcap by putting up four runs in the top of the first. But Ervin Santana (9-13) failed to hold the lead, surrendering a run in the first and two more in the second before the Rangers took control in the third on Napoli’s second homer, a three-run blast deep into the bleachers in left.

Napoli’s two-run double in the fifth made it an 8-4 gap and provided some valuable insurance. Derek Holland (12-6) was charged with seven runs but still picked up the win, and Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 37th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rangers can clinch the division with a win Monday at Oakland, where they finish up the regular season. The Angels will try to keep their hopes alive at Seattle. … Los Angeles SS Erick Aybar left the game in the second inning with a strained right quad, and Texas 3B Adrian Beltre left after re-aggravating a left shoulder strain. … Napoli has hit six of his 23 home runs in 12 games since returning to the lineup Sept. 15. He had missed over a month with a quad strain.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
LA Angels   Texas
Ervin Santana Player Derek Holland
Loss W/L Win
2.2 IP 6.2
1 Strikeouts 5
7 Hits 12
20.25 ERA 9.45
Hitting
LA Angels   Texas
Torii Hunter Player Mike Napoli
3 Hits 3
1 RBI 6
0 HR 2
3 TB 10
.750 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
LA Angels 12 2 21 .308 15 8 7 3 0 0
Texas 12 3 23 .343 19 3 8 4 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game on the road against Oakland. The Rangers have a W/L % of .505 after a win and .697 after a loss.
  • LA Angels will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Angels have a W/L % of .551 after a win and .557 after a loss.