MLB roundup: Rangers stay in playoff hunt

Jurickson Profar unloaded on this pitch to win the game for the Rangers.
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Jurickson Profar unloaded on this pitch to win the game for the Rangers.

Pinch hitter Jurickson Profar homered leading off the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers overcame a four-error inning to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-5, in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday night to keep pace in the playoff chase.

The Rangers started the day a game behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Indians beat Minnesota, 6-5, Thursday.

Joe Nathan (6-2) got the win after striking out two with a runner at third and one out in the top of the ninth. Profar’s sixth homer came off Michael Kohn.


Mark Trumbo snapped an 0-for-25 skid with three hits, including a tying single in the seventh that drove home Kole Calhoun. An inning earlier, Leonys Martin put Texas ahead with a big double for the second straight night. Martin’s two-out double into the gap in right-center scored Craig Gentry and pinch runner Adam Rosales for a 5-4 Texas lead.

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The Angels scored three unearned runs for a 4-3 lead in the second when the Rangers set a club record with a four-error inning.

Rays 4, Yankees 0 — Mariano Rivera said goodbye to Yankee Stadium with hugs, tears, and cheers.

Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance in the Yankees’ home pinstripes, when captain Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him with two outs in the ninth inning of a loss to Tampa Bay.

‘‘It’s time to go,’’ Jeter appeared to tell Rivera.


Tampa Bay won its seventh straight and leads the AL wild-card race. During four minutes of thunderous chanting from the sellout crowd 48,675, Rivera sobbed as he buried his head on the shoulder of Pettitte and then hugged Jeter.

‘‘I was so thankful they came out,’’ Rivera said after the game.

Braves 7, Phillies 1 — Jason Heyward had a career-high five hits, including a leadoff home run, and host Atlanta rode a five-run first inning to a win over Philadelphia.

The win pulled the Braves even with idle St. Louis at 94-65 for the best record in the National League with three games to play. The Braves won the season series against the Cardinals and would win the NL’s No. 1 seed if the teams finish tied.

Giants 3, Dodgers 2 — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the bottom of the eighth inning to give San Francisco a win in what might have been Tim Lincecum’s final outing with the club. He is on the last year of his contract.


Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2 — Miguel Gonzalez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Matt Wieters homered and drove in two runs, and host Baltimore edged Toronto.

Padres 3, Diamondbacks 2 — Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single in the 11th inning as host San Diego outlasted Arizona.

Brewers 4, Mets 2 — Scooter Gennett capped a four-run second inning with a two-run single to lead visiting Milwaukee over New York.

Royals 3, White Sox 2 — Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead Kansas City over host Chicago.