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September 26, 2013

Rangers 6, Angels 5 (F)

ARLINGTON -- Jurickson Profar played the hero on Thursday night, keeping the Texas Rangers playoff hopes alive for another night.

Profar, making his first appearance of the homestand as a pinch-hitter, delivered a walk-off solo homer in the ninth, sending a 1-1 Michael Kohn fastball over the right-field fence.

The Rangers dugout erupted as they pulled out an improbable 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers remain two games back of the Rays, and one-game back of the Indians in the wild-card race with three to play.

It didn’t seem to be the Rangers night at first, though.

They committed four errors in the second, and grounded into double plays during prime scoring opportunities in the fourth and fifth. But they battled back to keep their postseason dreams alive.

Trailing 4-3 going into the sixth, the Rangers rallied to regain the lead with two outs. Craig Gentry singled and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker drew a walk. Then, for the second time in as many nights, Leonys Martin delivered a two-run double to right-center field for a 5-4 lead.

The Angels tied it at 5-5 in the seventh when Kole Calhoun led off with a triple against Tanner Scheppers, and scored on a single by Mark Trumbo.

The Angels and Rangers each got 1-2-3 innings from their relievers in the eighth.

In the ninth, the Angels threatened when Josh Hamilton turned an 0-2 count into a walk against Neal Cotts. Joe Nathan entered and got the Rangers out of the jam, however, to set up the walk-off heroics.

-- Drew Davison


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