Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Hideki Matsui hit a two-run homer and Peter Bourjos added a solo shot, as the Angels beat the AL West champion Texas Rangers, 6-2, in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Texas, in the playoffs for the first time since 1999, will be on the road to play the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays in the Division Series, starting Wednesday.
Dan Haren (5-4) allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out three over seven innings in picking up the victory. The right-hander did not issue a walk.
The Angels opened the scoring in the fourth on Matsui's two-run homer to right, but Texas countered with a two-spot in the fifth to even things. Singles by Nelson Cruz and Jorge Cantu put runners on the corners with one out before run-scoring base hits by Molina and Borbon made it 2-2.
Texas manager Ron Washington pulled the bulk of his starters prior to the top of the sixth and Bourjos led off the inning with a homer to left off Nippert.
The Rangers stranded a runner in the home half and another on second in the seventh and LA tacked on three more in the top of the ninth to make it 6-2. With runners on first and second, Alberto Callaspo chased in a run with a single then later in the inning, Trumbo's two-run single gave the visitors a four-run cushion.
Jordan Walden came on for the ninth issued a pair of walks, but retired Borbon on a come-backer to end the game.
Despite the loss, the Rangers won 10 of 19 matchups with Anaheim this season, including a 7-3 ledger in the Lone Star State...Texas went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while LA finished 3-for-10 with RISP and left only three.