The Texas Rangers needed a reason to feel good about themselves on getaway day before starting a pivotal six-game homestand that includes a series against the team they're fighting for the AL West title.
They got it from a bullpen that ate up 5 2/3 innings and prevented a three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels, a team they will face in a four-game series that wraps up the regular season schedule.
Alex Rios homered in the first and drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop double in the seventh, Elvis Andrus also had two RBIs, and the Rangers hung on for a 4-3 victory Sunday. They remained 1 1-2 games out of first place, as Oakland beat Houston 7-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
''It was a very big win. We needed it bad,'' manager Ron Washington said. ''They took the lead, but we didn't give in. We just kept fighting and were able to make some good things happen. It's only one win, but it was huge.''
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