The Texas Rangers still haven't clinched a postseason berth. They were on the cusp Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 lead over the Angels in the ninth inning and Joe Nathan coming in. But Nathan gave up a two-out, two-run double to Torii Hunter and the Angels held on for a 5-4 victory. It was Nathan's second blown save this month, along with one Sept. 13 against Cleveland. With a 4-3 lead in the ninth, Nathan retired Mark Trumbo but then gave up a one-out single to Maicer Izturis and walked Chris Iannetta. Nathan came through with a clutch strikeout of MVP candidate Mike Trout for the second out, but Hunter ripped a two-run double to left-center field, bringing in two runs. The Rangers went down in order against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the ninth. With the loss, the Rangers can only clinch a postseason berth with a victory in Game 2 of today's doubleheader. There was a chance they could clinch the American League West today, but the division will be decided in their upcoming three-game series at Oakland. There magic number holds at three with four to play.
Nathan's blown save sinks Rangers in first game of doubleheader
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Sep 30