ARLINGTON – The season lives on for the Texas Rangers, and the Game 162 victory couldn’t have been better scripted.
They had to come from behind for the 50th time this season. They relied heavily on their bullpen. And a few unlikely names sparked their offense.
Geovany Soto drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth, Craig Gentry scored an insurance run and drove in two more and the Rangers pulled away for a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon.
The Rangers are on a seven-game winning streak and will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a tiebreaking game for the second wild card spot at 7:07 p.m. Monday in Arlington. The winner advances to the one-game wild-card round against the Indians on Wednesday night in Cleveland.
With the game tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the sixth, the Rangers pulled ahead with a two-out rally. Adrian Beltre lined a single to right, A.J. Pierzynski followed with a single to right and Soto delivered an RBI double to right-center field to score Beltre.
The Rangers cushioned their lead to 4-2 in the seventh. Gentry led off with a single to right, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice by Leonys Martin. He then scored on a single by Ian Kinsler.
Beltre and Soto had solo shots in the eighth to extend the Rangers lead to 6-2. They had taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a two-run single by Gentry.
The Angels tied it in the top of the sixth when Josh Hamilton lined an RBI single to left off Neal Cotts, who entered for a lefty-lefty matchup. The run, however, was charged to starter Yu Darvish, who went 5 2/3 innings.
Darvish allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over an 84-pitch outing. Cotts, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan closed out the game by combining for 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
-- Drew Davison