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Rangers vs. Angels final score: Torii Hunter gives Los Angeles dramatic 5-4 win

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth, and Los Angeles rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Texas Rangers, 5-4.

Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Los Angeles Angels right fielder Torii Hunter hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to give the Angels a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader. The Angels' win on Sunday tightened things up in the American League West and Wild Card races.

The Rangers took a 4-1 lead by scoring a pair of runs in the second and third innings. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, and Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre had RBIs in the third. Beltre finished the day 2 for 3 and was the only Ranger with more than one hit.

Los Angeles began its comeback with a sacrifice fly from Kendrys Morales in the top of the sixth. Mike Trout hit a solo home run in the seventh to cut the Texas lead to 4-3. With two outs in the ninth, Hunter put the Angels on top.

Reliever Garrett Richards (4-3) picked up the win for Los Angeles by recording one out in the eighth. Joe Nathan (3-5) blew his third save of the season and took the loss.

With four games to play, the Rangers hold a two-game lead over the Athletics in the AL West. The teams meet up in Oakland on Monday to begin the final series of the regular season.

Los Angeles trails Oakland by two games in the Wild Card race.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.