Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Astros fell 4 1/2 games back in the AL West with a 6-2 loss to the first-place Rangers last night. And now their September slide has put them at risk for missing the playoffs altogether.

The Angels moved within a half-game of the Astros for the second Wild Card spot with a 5-4 victory over the Mariners last night. Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron both homered while Garrett Richards persevered through a shaky second inning for his 15th win of the season.

The Astros (80-74) have a half-game edge over the Angels (79-74), but the two teams are tied in the loss column. While the Angels are the biggest threat here, the Twins are 1 1/2 games back while the Indians (3 games back) and Orioles (3 1/2 games back) are still alive. It promises to be a fun final week.

Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:

Pirates 3, Cubs 2

White Sox 5, Yankees 2

Rays 3, Blue Jays 5

Phillies 8, Nationals 2

Twins 4, Tigers 6

Mets 12, Reds 5

Orioles 0, Red Sox 7

Braves 11, Marlins 12

Indians 6, Royals 0

Dodgers 4, Rockies 7

Rangers 6, Astros 2

Brewers 4, Cardinals 3

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 3

Giants 4, Athletics 5

Mariners 4, Angels 5