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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's down to one game and the Texas Rangers still have life.

Texas ran its winning streak to six on its season-ending homestand with Saturday afternoon's 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark.

Texas (90-71) came into the day one game behind both Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the race for the American League's two wild-card spots. The Rangers and Angels close out the regular season Sunday afternoon.

Whether the Rangers play on beyond the regular season will be decided with game No. 162. Texas is trying to salvage a miserable month that saw it fall from the A.L. West lead by making a mad dash to the finish.

The Angels (78-83) were active participants in Texas' latest win with five errors, leading to four unearned runs.

Every Rangers starter had at least one hit. Ian Kinsler scored twice. Joakim Soria (1-0) picked up the win in relief. Joe Nathan saved his 43rd game.

Neither starting pitcher was sharp on a day with intermittent rain that ended in a downpour. Despite being staked to a 5-1 lead, Texas' Derek Holland didn't factor in the decision and couldn't make it out of the fifth.

The lefty was chased after giving up four runs on eight hits, including four doubles, in 4 2/3 innings. Holland has failed to go at least five innings in three of his six September starts.

The Rangers' bullpen didn't allow a run in finishing out the last 4 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits. He also threw two wild pitches.

Erick Aybar opened the game with a double to left-center off Holland and scored two batters later on Mike Trout's sac fly to center for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead.

The Rangers answered with a run in the first and four in the second, taking advantage of three errors and a wild pitch to go up 5-1.

Kinsler singled to lead off the first as the rain began to fall and advanced on Richards' wild pitch and Elvis Andrus' sac bunt. Kinsler tied the game 1-1 when Alex Rios' ground ball squirted through third baseman Andrew Romine's legs.

Two throwing errors in the second led directly to two runs. Kinsler drilled a ball back up the middle off Richards' right side and Richards, obviously stunned, picked up the ball and short-armed it wide of first, allowing Craig Gentry to score.

Andrus followed with a hard grounder to short, which Aybar dove to stop but threw over second baseman Grant Green's head and David Murphy scored. Richards' wild pitch plated Andrus.

NOTES: Crew chief Ted Barrett shot down C.J. Wilson's allegation that some baseballs used in Friday's game were straight out of the box. "They were all rubbed with mud," Barrett said. ... Texas has won 90 games for a franchise-high four straight seasons and the seventh time in club history. ... The Angels are 32-43 in the A.L. West, their most division losses since going 17-41 in 2001. ... Texas' six-game home winning streak is the club's longest since a seven-game run in 2011. ... The Rangers have stolen a base in a club-record 10 consecutive games. ... The 11:07 AM CT first pitch was the earliest start ever for an MLB game in Arlington.
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