By Pete Zarustica
The Los Angeles Angels got their 40th come-from-behind victory Saturday night, defeating the Texas Rangers 7-4 in Arlington. That’s the “its not over until it’s over” spirit that’s kept the team in the running for a berth in the post-season playoffs.
The victory improved the team record to 70-66, still in second place in the American League West. In the AL wild card race, the Angels are 1.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins (71-64) in the struggle for the second spot.
“We kept playing and got some key hits from Luis [Valbuena] and then C.J. there at the end to keep us in the game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously, Crony’s was huge. I think we did a lot of good things out there and put ourselves in a position and got some clutch hits late and then had a really good 10th inning.”
The really good 10-inning was made good by a two-run single by Kole Calhoun to put the Angels up 6-4. A sacrifice fly by Cron brought home Cliff Pennington for the seventh run.
In the early going, it was Mike Trout and Albert Pujols who kept the Angels in the game. Trout doubled twice and Pujols singled him home twice.
Angel starter Ricky Nolasco was touched for five hits and three runs in 5.2 innings of work. He struck out six, walked one and yielded a home run to Carlos Gomez.
The bullpen had more success. The last three Angel pitchers – the team used six – allowed no baserunners in three innings. The win went to Yusmiero Petit (4-0) and the save to Blake Parker, his fifth.
On Sunday, the series continues with Andrew Heaney (1-0) making the start for the Orange County team.