Derek Holland allowed one run on three hits in eight innings, and Rougned Odor’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly and Shawn Tolleson’s 29th save gave the Texas Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The win moved the Rangers back to within two games of Houston in the American League West and kept them 1 ½ games ahead of Minnesota, which beat the Astros, for the second wild card.
Pitching: It’s hard to argue with anything Holland did, though he is probably peeved that he didn’t cleanly field a C.J. Cron tapper to the mound in the first inning two batters after Mike Trout tripled. Trout scored from third on the bobble, and that was all Holland allowed in eight innings. … He retired 12 of 13 after a one-out walk to Albert Pujols in the first and then the final nine he faced. He allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out five while throwing 113 pitches.
Hitting: The Rangers were 1 for 1 with runners in scoring position against Jered Weaver but finished 1 for 7 against the soft-tossing right-hander. … The Rangers scored in the first on Adrian Beltre’s single to center, but missed two chances with the bases loaded. … They couldn’t deliver in three chances with runners in scoring position in the fourth, an inning that started with a Mitch Moreland single and an Elvis Andrus double. … Will Venable reached on an intentional walk in the fourth. He has reached in his first 13 games with the Rangers, tying the third-longest streak in club history to start a career. … The Rangers broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth as Moreland singled with one out and Andrus followed with a hit-and-run single that moved pinch runner Ryan Strausborger to third. Rougned Odor followed with a sacrifice fly.