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Angels vs. Rangers: AL West Gap Tightens, Angels Win 8-4

The Los Angeles Angels hit five home runs on Saturday night to help defeat the Texas Rangers, 8-4. With the win, the Angels inch closer to the top of the AL West, and are now two games back with 29 games left to play.

Peter Bourjos, Bobby Wilson, Vernon Wells, Howie Kendrick, and Mike Trout all hit home runs for the Angels. Ervin Santana earned his tenth with of the season, pitching seven innings and giving up four earned runs despite pitching on three days' rest.

Every position player other than Mark Trumbo picked up a hit for the Angels, who improved to 72-60 while Texas dropped to 75-59.

The Rangers made it very interesting in the bottom of the ninth, loading up the bases against Angels closer Jordan Walden. Manager Mike Scoscia went with Hisanori Takahashi, who came in and forced David Murphy to hit into a game-ending double play. Takahashi earned his second save of the season.

For more on the Angels, check out Halos Heaven.