It’s a September cliche, but it’s true; every game in this decisive month counts extra. Win one, lose one, is not the path to glory, or the post-season.
The Los Angeles Angels (70-67) are doing a fair amount of that, including Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Texas Rangers in Arlington. They fell behind early, trailing 7-3 before mounting one of their signature rallies in the ninth. Three runs weren’t enough, though, and the loss put them 1.5 games back in the American League wild card race for the second spot.
Again, the Angels outhit the Rangers, this time 12-10, but Andrew Heaney’s luckless start – six hits, five runs in 3.1 innings – was too much of a hill to climb.
Five Angels – including newcomers Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton – had two hits. Upton reached base five times, having been walked three times.
The Angels will start a series with the Oakland A’s on Monday with Parker Bridwell (7-2) starting for the Halos.
Bruins stage epic comeback to win
Trailing 44-10, the UCLA Bruins football team staged a rally for the ages by scoring on five straight possessions to defeat Texas A&M 45-44 Sunday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The winning play came with 43 seconds remaining when QB Josh Rosen faked a spike, then threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley in the end zone to secure the stunning win.
Rosen ended up hitting on 35 of 48 passes for 491 yards and four scores.
UCLA (1-0) will next host Hawaii on Saturday. Sept. 9 at the Rose Bowl.