ARLINGTON -- The Angels didn't improve their postseason chances on Friday night, but they didn't necessarily hurt them, either. Their 2-1 victory over the Rangers, which gave them 11 wins in their last 12 one-run games, kept them a game behind the Astros for the second American League Wild Card spot with two to play.
The Angels still need the Astros to lose one game in Arizona to at least force a Monday tiebreaker for the right to play the Yankees in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. The Angels are now a game ahead of the Twins, who lost to the Royals, 3-1, but the chance of a three-way tiebreaker is still alive.
If that's the case, the Angels would get to choose to either win two home games or one road game to advance to the Wild Card Game, because they have the best combined record against the two teams with which they'd be tied. They'd likely pick the road game, which wouldn't take place until Tuesday.
A tiebreaker against the Astros would take place on Monday in Houston, because the Astros won the season series.
Saturday's first pitch from Globe Life Park will take place at 10:05 a.m. PT on FOX. The Twins host the Royals at the same time, and the Astros get started against the D-backs at 5:10 p.m.
"Over this last month, the guys have really come together and have done a great job," Friday starter Jered Weaver said, his team 19-10 since the start of September. "We just have to keep winning."
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