ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chris Davis homered and later drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Sunday, winning only their second series in the past month.
The Rangers loaded the bases to start the eighth after Rich Thompson (1-2) failed to retire any of the three batters he faced.
Davis then singled to right off Hisanori Takahashi.
Adrian Beltre also homered for Texas, which won two of three against AL West-leading Los Angeles after having won only one of its previous nine series. The defending AL champion Rangers moved within a half-game of the division lead.
Davis’ opposite-field homer over the left-field wall in the fourth off Ervin Santana put the Rangers up 4-1. It was the second homer of the season for Davis.
Mark Lowe (1-0) got out the only batter he faced before Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
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