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Rangers fall to Angels in 11 innings

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' quest to reach 90 wins Friday came up short in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Angels.

Michael Young struck out looking with two runners on base to end the game aftger 3 hours, 26 minutes.

The Angels blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning but came back to win it when Juan Rivera hit his second homer of the game, a solo shot in the 11th. It was the first time this season that Rivera homered twice in the same game.

Things went haywire for the Angels as they tried to hold a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning.

After Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch with one out, Angels reliever Fernando Rodney walked Mitch Moreland. Bengie Molina ripped a single off the glove of Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo, scoring Kinsler to cut the Angels deficit to 4-3.

While pitching to Julio Borbon with runners at the corners, Rodney had a chance to pickoff Esteban German, who was pinch running for Molina.

Rodney ran toward German, who was caught between first and second, but hesitated to throw the ball. When he finally did, Moreland, who was at third, went home. Angels first baseman Juan Rivera's throw to the plate was late and Moreland slid under the tag to tie the score, 4-4.

Texas held a 2-1 lead until the eighth when Peter Bourjos drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right and Maicer Izturis drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single to right.

The Angels added one more when Rivera hit his 14th home run of the season, a 403-foot shot to center, for a 4-2 lead.

The 89 wins for the Rangers is tied for the fourth-most in franchise history.

Of note:

*Slugger Josh Hamilton is playing again after missing the last 24 games with two broken ribs. Hamilton went 0-3 but made a running catch to deep center and almost made a diving catch in left center in the first inning.

Hamilton played six innings and is expected to DH on Saturday and play left field on Sunday before Game 1 of the ALDS starts Wednesday.

*Right hander Tommy Hunter pitched well over five innings in his final start of the regular season. He lasted five innings, giving up just one run, a homer to Torri Hunter, on three hits. Tommy Hunter has yet to lose a game at home this season. He is 7-0 with a 3.06 ERA allowing 23 earned runs over 67 2/3 innings. He's expected to pitch Game 4 of the ALDS if necessary at home.

*There was concern about who would play first base for the Rangers in the postseason. Chris Davis and Mitch Moreland were competing for the job, but Davis developed a virus and was taken out of Thursday night’s game and didn’t play Friday night. His status for the rest of this four-game series is uncertain.

Moreland has come on strong. He hit two home runs -- a game-tying blast to center in the fifth and a seventh-inning shot that gave the Rangers a brief 2-1, lead. It’s the second time in a week that Moreland has hit two home runs in a game. He hit two Sunday in Oakland and had a career-high five RBI.

*Reliever Mark Lowe, who is trying to make the postseason roster, struggled in the ninth inning. He gave the first of Rivera's two home runs. In his one inning of work, he gave up one run on three hits with one strikeout.