Athletics sweep Rangers to win AL West on last day
‘‘I just missed it, man,’’ Hamilton said.
Murphy’s two-run single highlighted a five-run third inning that put Texas in prime position.
In the fourth, Moss drew a leadoff walk and Josh Reddick followed with an RBI double. Josh Donaldson singled and Seth Smith’s base hit made it 5-3 and chased Ryan Dempster with none out and runners on first and second.
Washington turned to the lefty Holland, a starter who was tagged for four runs in the first inning of the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader with the Angels before working into the seventh.
He retired the first two batters before Crisp’s double down the right-field line.
The only other teams to come back from at least 13 games down to win the division were the 1914 Boston Braves, the 1951 New York Giants, the ‘78 Yankees and the ‘95 Seattle Mariners.
‘‘Anything can happen in the long season,’’ said Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who will start the wild-card game. ‘‘That’s why we play 162 games. We’re going to forget about this and get ready for the next one.’’
Now, Texas has all the pressure as they try to make another run deep into October.
These are the same Rangers who twice came within one strike of the franchise’s first World Series championship before losing Games 6 and 7 to the wild-card St. Louis Cardinals. It was Texas’ second near miss in as many years after losing the 2010 World Series to the Giants.
‘‘We have to go win that playoff game,’’ Napoli said. ‘‘We didn’t come here to lose. They got it done and we didn't, plain and simple. It’s going to be a tough road.’’
NOTES: Texas’ Geovany Soto snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a single in the third that chased Griffin. ... The Rangers also scored five runs in an inning vs. the A’s Tuesday night winner Travis Blackley on Sept. 27. ... The A’s won the season series 11-8, just the second time in seven seasons they've done so. ... The sellout crowd included 1,000 standing-room only tickets. ... Holland pitched in relief for the second time this year.