ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning, and the surging Texas Rangers stayed on track for homefield advantage in the AL division series with a 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
The Rangers (95-66) have won five straight and nine of 10 while holding off Detroit (94-67), which beat Cleveland 9-6, for the AL’s second-best record.
If Texas wins Wednesday’s season finale or if the Tigers lose to the Indians, the Rangers will host the AL’s wild-card winner on Friday. Detroit holds the tiebreaker if the clubs finish even.
A day after the AL West champion Rangers eliminated the Angels from the wild-card race, Napoli hit two of the Rangers’ five homers among their 15 hits.