A sacrifice fly that traveled no more than 20 feet off the infield dirt and a blooper that fell in front of one of the best center fielders in the game helped lift the Rangers to a 4-3 victory Sunday at Angel Stadium.
The win allowed the Rangers to avoid a three-game sweep to the Angels and remain 1 ½ games behind Oakland in the American League West. Nick Tepesch and six relievers limited the Angels to their lowest output of the series.
The Rangers were down 3-2 with one out in the seventh when Leonys Martin walked and Ian Kinsler followed with a ground-rule double ahead of Elvis Andrus.
The Angels elected to play the infield in to keep the tying run from scoring on a grounder but Andrus lifted a popup into shallow right-center field.
Second baseman Grant Green had no shot at the ball and right fielder Kole Calhoun raced in for a diving catch. But he was on the ground long enough for Martin to tag up and score for a 3-3 tie.
Alex Rios slotted in the No. 3 hole for the first tim...