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Rangers clinch 3rd straight playoff berth

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in six runs as Texas clinched its third straight playoff berth.

Napoli's second homer in the nightcap was a go-ahead three-run shot in the third.

Two-time defending AL champion Texas (93-66) can be no worse than a wild card. Los Angeles (88-71) trails Oakland (91-68) by three games for the AL's second wild card with three games left.

After blowing a save in the opener by allowing Torii Hunter's two-run double with two outs in the ninth, Joe Nathan worked the ninth in the nightcap for his 37th save.

Derek Holland (12-6) got the win.

Los Angeles took a quick 4-0 lead in the nightcap that Ervin Santana (9-13) quickly squandered.

In the opener, Garrett Richards (4-3) retired Nelson Cruz with two runners on in the eighth, and Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.

Mike Trout became the first major league rookie to reach 30 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season.

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