Gomez winner boosts Rangers’ wild card hopes

Carlos Gomez scored the go-ahead run as the Texas Rangers moved up in the AL wild-card race after a 10-9 win against the Los Angeles Angels.

The matchup took four hours, 33 minutes – setting franchise records for both teams as the longest nine-inning game in club history.

Texas stopped the Angels’ three-game winning streak and closed within three games of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot. Los Angeles are one-and-a-half games behind the Twins.

The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before Alex Claudio (4-1) retired Eric Young Jr on a grounder. Young had entered in the eighth as a pinch-runner for Albert Pujols, who had four hits and drove in four runs.

Pujols now has 1,904 RBIs and moved past Willie Mays into ninth place on the career list.

Cam Bedrosian (4-4) threw the wild pitch that let Gomez score.

Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton made their Angels debuts a day after being acquired in a trade. Upton doubled, singled and scored a run, and also made an error in left field. Phillips had a hit and scored.

It was 9-9 when Gomez walked in the eighth, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. He scored when Bedrosian’s pitch in the dirt to Mike Napoli skipped away from Maldonado.

Gomez also homered in the Rangers’ first game without injured third baseman Adrian Beltre, who might miss the rest of the season with a strained left hamstring.

Gomez and Shin-Soo Choo homered in the sixth as Texas took a 9-4 lead.

Joey Gallo also connected for Texas, hitting his 37th homer and tying Yankees rookie Aaron Judge for the most in the AL.

Rangers starter Cole Hamels allowed five hits and four runs in five innings.

HURRICANE RELIEF

Ten per cent of the revenue from ticket sales, concessions and merchandise during the series will be donated to relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Rangers wore shirts during batting practice with the words “No matter where we ball, Texas stands tall” with the Rangers and Astros logos underneath. The shirts will be on sale to the public later this week with proceeds going to hurricane relief.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards is close to returning from a bicep injury and could be activated this weekend.

Rangers: RHP Keone Kela (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled to throw another bullpen next week.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Ricky Nolasco is making his fourth start and looking for his first win against the Rangers.

Rangers: RHP AJ Griffin is making his 14th start and working on an extended five days of rest after a 6-5 loss to Oakland on August 27.

Friday’s other MLB results:
Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 2-3 Seattle Mariners

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