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MLB: Angels smack Rangers 11-3, stay in playoff chase

Posted: September 18, 2012 10:50 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2012 10:50 p.m.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver earned his 100th career victory Tuesday. Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver earned his 100th career victory Tuesday.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver earned his 100th career victory Tuesday.
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ANAHEIM (AP) — Jered Weaver earned his 100th victory, Chris Iannetta had a two-run single and scored on a wild pitch during a crazy eight-run rally in the fourth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels moved up in the AL playoff race with an 11-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Erick Aybar had three hits and scored two runs for the Angels (81-67), who moved within 3½ games of wild card-leading Oakland with their 15th win in 20 games after the Athletics (84-63) lost at Detroit. Los Angeles also kept pressure on Baltimore, which sits in second place in the AL wild-card standings.

Weaver (18-4) gave up third-inning homers to Mike Napoli and Ian Kinsler during seven innings of six-hit ball, but got a huge cushion from his teammates to ease into a tie with Tampa Bay's David Price for the AL victories lead.

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