The American League West is the Texas Rangers' to lose, but they aren't getting too caught up in the magic number. They know it remained at three after a 7-4 loss to the Angels on Friday night, but they are keeping the same approach as they have all season.
"You just play the games on the schedule," second baseman Ian Kinsler. "We have five more games left and we're going to try and win them all. We come to the yard and try to win a game that day. That's our focus and that's what has made us good and we're going to continue to do that."
The Angels, fighting for their wild card lives, started Friday strong against Rangers starter Ryan Dempster. Mike Trout led off with a solo homer, Chris Iannetta had a solo blast in the third and they added another run in the fourth on a two-out double by Mark Trumbo.
After the Rangers scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Angels regained a 4-1 lead on another two-out double by Trumbo in the sixth. Those two out hits were what disappointed Dempster more than the solo home runs.
"I gave up two home runs last game and won ... solo home runs don't beat you," Dempster said. "It's the runs when you don't make pitches with two outs and things like that. We've just got to bounce back."
Dempster has gone 0-2 with an 11.20 ERA in three starts against the Angels this season; in his other eight starts with Texas, he is 7-1 with a 2.92 ERA.
Here are a few other postgame notes:
* Nelson Cruz had a solo homer in the seventh inning, snapping a 21-game homerless drought. He also had a double and single, his second consecutive multi-hit game.
* Adrian Beltre ripped a two-run homer to left in the eighth. He has 11 home runs in September, along with a .344 average.
* The Rangers announced their 36th sellout of the season, extending the club record. The announced crowd was 46,662.
-- Drew Davison