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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Los Angeles Angels rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, taking their playoff hopes into the final day of the regular season with an 11-10 win over Texas on Saturday that again kept the Rangers from clinching the AL West title.

Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson, pitching for the fifth straight day, entered with a 10-6 lead and allowed consecutive homers to Erick Aybar and Kole Calhoun.

Ross Ohlendorf (3-1) relieved and retired Mike Trout on a grounder, then gave up Albert Pujols' double on a difficult popup to short right that ricocheted off first baseman Mike Napoli's glove, whose back was to the plate.

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C.J. Cron, David Freese, Carlos Perez and Giavotella had consecutive two-out singles, with Cron, Perez and Giavotella driving in runs.

Texas entered with a two-game division lead over Houston, which led the Angels by a game for the second AL wild card. A loss by Houston at Arizona on Saturday night would give Texas its first division title since 2011 and would drop the Astros into a tie with the Angels.

Josh Hamilton homered twice for Texas against his former team.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins were eliminated from the AL playoff race when they were stifled by Yordano Ventura for seven innings in a loss to Kansas City.

Ventura (13-8) carried a no-hitter into the fifth and struck out 11 to win his third straight decision for Kansas City (94-67), which momentarily pulled ahead of Toronto (93-67) for home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Blue Jays played at Tampa Bay later.

Blaine Boyer (3-6) allowed two runs, one earned, while getting two outs for Minnesota (83-78), which committed two errors in a costly four-run seventh inning for the Royals.

Minnesota loaded the bases in the ninth before Wade Davis struck out Kennys Vargas and Eduardo Escobar for his 17th save in 18 chances.


NEW YORK (AP) - Bryce Harper damaged the New York Mets' home-field hopes, connecting in the eighth inning for his 42nd home run to lift Washington in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

The Mets' fourth straight loss dropped them one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for home-field advantage in their NL Division Series matchup next week. Each team has two games left.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard struck out 10, giving up just two hits in seven innings in what amounted to a playoff tuneup on a misty, chilly day. The doubleheader was forced by a rainout Friday night.

Harper hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot with two outs off Addison Reed (3-3) to tie Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead in homers.

Rafael Martin (2-0) got one out as the Nationals ended a six-game skid against the Mets. Felipe Rivero worked the ninth for his second save.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed five runs in another shaky outing and New York failed to wrap up home field for the AL wild-card game, losing to Baltimore in the opener of a split doubleheader.

New York (87-73) can still ensure Tuesday's one-game playoff takes place at Yankee Stadium with a win in the second game against the Orioles or a loss by Houston.

Baltimore's Gerardo Parra had four hits and three RBIs. Manny Machado connected off Nova (6-11) for his 34th home run and also drove in three runs. J.J. Hardy had three hits for the Orioles.

Pending free agent Wei-Yin Chen (11-8) allowed two runs in six-plus innings in what could be his final start for the Orioles.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy pitched five innings for his fifth consecutive win, and rookie Kelby Tomlinson hit an inside-the-park home run during San Francisco's victory over Colorado.

Brandon Crawford and Marlon Byrd also homered off Chris Rusin (6-10) for the Giants, who beat the Rockies for the eighth time in 18 meetings this year.

Peavy (8-6) allowed one run and four hits to improve to 5-0 over his last eight starts.

Ben Paulsen homered for the Rockies, who have lost four of five.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Christian Yelich had a career-high five hits, Marcell Ozuna drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Dee Gordon got his 200th hit of the season as Miami rallied past Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.

The loss ensured the Phillies a second straight last-place finish in the NL East.

Yelich singled with one out in the ninth off Ken Giles (6-3) and scored the tying run on Martin Prado's triple. Prado scored the go-ahead run on Ozuna's single.

Gordon had a pair of hits and an RBI. He became the first Marlins player since Hanley Ramirez in 2007 to get 200 hits.

Gordon also had a pair of steals to raise his season total to 58, overtaking injured Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton for the league lead.

Jeff Mathis homered for the Marlins. Chris Narveson (3-1) tossed a scoreless eighth and A.J. Ramos earned his 31st save in 37 chances.

Ramos struck out Maikel Franco with a runner on second to end the game. Franco batted for the first time since breaking his left wrist Aug. 11 when he was hit by a pitch.