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Rangers rally past Angels behind Corey Seager HR for first series win in a month

Thursday’s win also moved Texas one-half game ahead of the Angels in the A.L. West.

ARLINGTON – It had been exactly one month since the Texas Rangers last won a series.

When their ace, Martin Perez, spotted the Angels three runs Thursday afternoon and Texas mustered one hit through five innings, it appeared the Rangers were blowing another chance to end the drought.

Perez, though, stiffened and kept his team in the game, the Rangers rallied to tie the score in the sixth inning and ultimately won, 5-3, with Corey Seager’s two-run home run in the eighth proving to the be the difference at Globe Life Field.

When you are 65-84, small victories matter, even with only 13 games remaining in a mostly lost season.

“Obviously, we don’t have a pot of gold waiting for us at the end at this point,” acting manager Tony Beasley said. “But still, every day, we want to win.

“We’re still on the clock. We’re still at work.”

The last time Texas won a series was Aug. 22 at Minnesota. Since then, the Rangers had lost six series and tied three others.

Moreover, Texas had gone 0-3-2 in home series since mid-August.

Said Seager, whose opposite-field home run in the eighth was his third game-tying or go-ahead homer in the seventh inning or later as a Ranger: “It’s always something you can build off of.”

In the small-victories department, Thursday’s win moved Texas one-half game ahead of the Angels in the American League West and the Rangers clinched their third season series win (10-6) over Los Angeles in the last four years.

Integrity: Beasley noted that Texas’ next opponent, Cleveland, leads the American League Central, and that the Rangers also have remaining series against Seattle and the Yankees, teams that are jostling for postseason seeds.

“We can affect the dynamics of that,” he said. “We’re going to play with integrity and play the season out to the best of our ability.”

Beasley said the Rangers not only owe that to themselves, but to teams that are competing against Cleveland, Seattle and the Yankees for playoff seeds.

On Twitter: @townbrad

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