Beltre's 8th-inning homers leads Rangers past Angels 2-1

Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre, right, is congratulated by Rougned Odor after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Adrian Beltre broke a tie with his 440th home run in the eighth, and Yu Darvish pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Texas Rangers' second win in six games, 2-1 over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Mitch Moreland doubled and scored on Elvis Andrus' seventh-inning single to break open a scoreless game for the Rangers, who boosted their AL West lead to 9 1/2 games over Houston.

Andrelton Simmons drilled a tying triple in the seventh for the Angels, who have lost three straight.

The AL-leading Rangers (84-58) are coasting toward their fourth division title and fifth playoff berth in seven seasons, but they emerged from a five-game lull with a strong effort in Anaheim.