The Texas Rangers are AL West champions again.
Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit long home runs and Craig Gentry had an inside-the-park homer in a 5-3 victory over Seattle on Friday night. About two hours later, the Rangers had their second consecutive division title after the Los Angeles Angels lost to Oakland.
The regular Friday night fireworks show went on as usual after the Rangers (91-66) finished their game.
Fans were then invited to stick around and watch the Angels on the stadium’s large video screen. Several thousand stayed and many of the Rangers players sat on the field with their families.
Rangers fans clapped and cheered on each of the Angels’ outs in the bottom of the ninth. Many of the players disappeared into the dugout when the second out was made, then charged out after the final out wearing AL West championship T-shirts while fireworks filled the sky again — this time in celebration.
It is the fifth division title for Texas, which last year went to its first World Series.