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Rangers keep Astros waiting for playoffs with 5-4 win in 10

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo kept the Houston Astros from clinching the last playoff spot in the AL playoffs at least temporarily, driving home the winning run on a fielder’s-choice grounder in the 10th inning for a 5-4 Texas Rangers win Friday night.

The Astros were a strike away from going to the postseason for a franchise-best fourth straight year when Ronald Guzman hit a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth off Ryan Pressly.

Now Houston has to wait to see if the Los Angeles Angels lose at the Dodgers. A loss by the Angels, and the Astros (29-29) clinch second place in the AL West. Their three-year reign in the division was already ended by Oakland.

Rookie catcher Sam Huff homered twice, his second and third, for the first two Rangers runs.

Alex Bregman homered and a had a sacrifice fly that put the Astros ahead 4-3 in the top of the 10th.

Nick Solak matched Bregman’s sacrifice fly to get the last-place Rangers even in the bottom of the 10th. Gallo’s grounder was fielded by José Altuve, but his desperate throw home was wide, allowing pinch-runner Andrew Romine to score.

Brett Martin (1-1) got the win.

Gurriel put Houston ahead in the eighth with a single before Guzman’s tying shot, his fourth of the season.

3,000 STRAIGHT FOR PA MAN

Chuck Morgan of the Rangers is set to call his 3,000th consecutive game as a major league public address announcer Saturday. Morgan has spent 37 of his 38 seasons with Texas. The other was in Kansas City. It’s hard for him to call it a celebration in a season without fans.

“It would really be much better for me tomorrow night if we had 40,000 people in the ballpark,” Morgan said. “I don’t like it, but I accept it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Josh James was placed on the 10-day injured list for an unspecified reason, and RHP Chase De Jong was brought up from the taxi squad.

Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said rookie 3B Sherten Apostel won’t play again this season after leaving Thursday’s game with back spasms following an awkward dive to field a ball.

UP NEXT

The Astros didn’t say before the game who would start the third game in the four-game series to finish the regular season. RHP Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Rangers.

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