Baseball it is often said is a funny game and nights like Thursday give life to that adage.
The kind of laughter rolling through Rangers Ballpark though varied from the kind that comes with disbelief to the kind that would put a man in the nuthouse to at the end both.
Somehow the Texas Rangers managed to have the last laugh when one swing of Jurickson Profar’s bat kept hope alive.
Profar started the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit home run to right field and the Rangers overcame the sloppiest defensive inning in club history to walk off with a 6-5 victory over the Angels.
The win kept the Rangers two games behind Tampa Bay in the wild-card standings and a game behind Cleveland with three to play in the race for two playoff berths. The walk-off was the Rangers’ fourth straight against Los Angeles at Rangers Ballpark.
“We know what’s at stake” manager Ron Washington said. “We’re fighting every night. I think they showed you that tonight.”
The Rangers had to pull off an esca...