After trailing for nearly the entire game on Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Angels were able to score late and win the first game of a doubleheader by a final score of 5-4. With the win, the Angels remain two games behind in the Wild Card race and have officially captured the series against the Rangers. They will go for the doubleheader sweep and the series sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to put the Rangers up 2-0 early. Albert Pujols cut the lead in half with an RBI single in the top of the third, but the Rangers answered back with another pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Josh Hamilton hit an RBI single and Adrian Beltre added an RBI double to make it 4-1 Texas.
In the top of the sixth, Kendrys Morales hit a sacrifice fly to get the Halos another run closer. The top of the seventh inning saw a controversial call, as Maicer Izturis appeared to lead off with an infield single, but the call was discussed by the umpires at Rangers manager Ron Washington's request and overturned. Later in the inning, Mike Trout hit his 30th home run of the season to make it a one-run ballgame.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Torii Hunter once again continued his amazing string of clutch hits with a two-run double to give the Angels their first lead of the game and make it 5-4. Ernesto Frieri came on in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game and pick up the save.
In perhaps Zack Greinke's final start with the Angels, he gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 7.1 innings of work, taking the no decision in the process.