Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
- Texas has won 11 of the 15 overall meetings between these teams this season, including four straight and five of the six matchups in Arlington.
- The Angels have won 11 of their last 15 games and own a record of 23-9 since August 23 -- the best record in baseball in that span.
- The Rangers have won three straight and six of their last nine games and will be looking to win four in a row for the first time since August 19-23. Texas' bullpen owns the second-best ERA among AL clubs this season (2.97).
- Jerome Williams has won each of his last four starts for the Angels. Williams is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts against the Rangers this season.
- Matt Garza has just one win (1-4) with a 4.82 ERA in his last six starts and is 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.
- Mike Trout, who has homered in three consecutive road games, has also reached base at least once in each of his last 18 road games.
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By NOEY KUPCHAN
(AP) -- After taking the opener of this four-game set in thrilling fashion, the Texas Rangers enter the weekend sitting just outside the AL wild-card picture.
If his efforts against the Los Angeles Angels are any indication, Alexi Ogando could give them a chance to climb in.
Looking to stay unbeaten versus Los Angeles, Ogando tries to help the Rangers keep pace in the playoff chase Friday night.
After sweeping Houston by a combined 22-5 score, Texas (88-71) won 6-5 on Thursday on Jurickson Profar's pinch-hit walkoff homer. Winners in nine of 11 in the series, the Rangers have posted five consecutive home victories over the Angels (78-81), with the last four all coming on walkoff homers.
"It's definitely weird, four walk-offs in a row," said Angels reliever Michael Kohn, who is now responsible for two of those shots. "It's not the ballpark. It's just a matter of executing pitches."
Texas, which set a club record with four errors in the second inning, remains one game behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot and two in back of Tampa Bay.
"We're alive another day," Thursday's starter Matt Garza said. "That's what we're playing for right now. We're just playing to get in any way we can do it."
The Rangers now turn to Ogando (7-4, 2.93 ERA), who is 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 23 games - five starts - against the Angels. He has held Josh Hamilton hitless in six at-bats in their matchups.
Ogando has shined in two starts since rejoining the rotation last week. After allowing one run and two hits in five innings to beat the Rays 7-1 on Sept. 17, the right-hander gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings opposite James Shields in Sunday's 4-0, 10-inning loss at Kansas City.
"It doesn't matter who I'm facing. I'm competing with the batters," he said through an interpreter. "They are the only ones I can compete with. It doesn't matter what anybody else is doing."
The Angels counter with C.J. Wilson (17-7, 3.36), who had gone 9-0 during a 13-start stretch before falling 3-2 to Seattle on Sunday. The left-hander allowed all three runs and struck out nine in 8 1-3 innings.
Wilson, whose 17 wins are a career high, has now recorded four consecutive 200-inning campaigns.
"As a starter, you're trying to go out there and make all your starts and throw as many innings as you can," he told MLB's official website. "That's your job, so I'm just out there doing my job.
"The wins that I had this year and the innings, strikeouts and all that stuff, that's for fantasy baseball players. Real baseball players are concerned about winning for the team."
Wilson, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with Texas before joining the Angels in 2012, is 1-2 with a 7.92 ERA in seven starts against his former team. Ian Kinsler is 8 for 16 with four extra-base hits in their matchups, and Alex Rios is 8 for 19 with two homers.
Kinsler is batting .387 with a homer and seven runs during an eight-game hitting streak. He has also hit safely in seven straight in the series.
Despite Thursday's loss, Los Angeles is 16-5 in its last 21 road games. The Angels are 23-10 overall since Aug. 23.
Updated September 27, 2013