ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joe Nathan feels like the Texas Rangers have been playing elimination games for a week.
Now they are down to the regular season's scheduled finale, still with a chance to get into the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
A rain-drenched Nathan struck out Howie Kendrick with two runners on and the infield flooding to close out the Rangers' sixth straight victory, and second in less than 24 hours. They beat the sloppy Los Angeles Angels 7-4 on Saturday.
"It doesn't change what we need to do, we need to come in tomorrow and win a game," Nathan said. "We don't want to have to rely on somebody to help us all the time."
Tampa Bay lost at Toronto on Saturday, dropping the Rays (90-71) into a tie with the Rangers. Cleveland (90-70) was playing at Minnesota in a game that started late because of rain.
The Rangers were down three batters in, but the Angels made five errors for a game for the first time since Sept. 16, 2006, also at Texas. Shortstop Erick Aybar, right fielder Kole Calhoun, left fielder Collin Cowgill, pitcher Garrett Richards and third baseman Andrew Romine had the miscues.
Texas got even with a gift run in the bottom of the first on a grounder through the legs of third baseman Romine. The Angels then made two more errors, and Richards (7-8) threw a wild pitch in the second when the Rangers went ahead for good with four runs -- three of them unearned.
"You can't sugar-coat the way we played defense. It was just brutal. They were silly mistakes, and it cost us. That's the story of this afternoon," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Texas made four errors in one inning and overcame it."
The Rangers opened the series with that four-error inning and won on rookie Jurickson Profar's game-ending homer. Nathan was the winner after pitching the ninth of that game and saved the last two.
With 43 saves in 46 chances, Nathan said he is ready to go again if needed.
If the Rangers win the final game Sunday, they will be guaranteed at least a wild-card tiebreaker.
The 11:07 a.m. start was the earliest home game in the 42 seasons the Rangers have played in Texas -- the game was moved up eight hours because of the threat of bad weather.
The game was played mostly under overcast skies, and there were quick showers while the Rangers batted in the first and fifth innings without any delays. It was a downpour after Nathan got two quick outs before Josh Hamilton had a pinch double and Mike Trout walked.
"I was saying we've got to stop this game," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "The guys standing on the infield, if a ball is hit to them, I can't see them throwing it across the infield. But we didn't have to worry about that because Joe got him out.'
Nathan described it as "basically a lake out there."
Joakim Soria (1-0) got his first major league victory since July 23, 2011, striking out two in 11⁄3 scoreless innings in relief of Derek Holland. Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers each worked a scoreless inning before Nathan took over.
A two-time All-Star, Soria was recovering from elbow ligament surgery when he signed a two-year deal with the Rangers last offseason. The right-hander's season debut July 7 was his first major league appearance in nearly two years.
BLUE JAYS 7, RAYS 2
TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays dropped into a tie with Texas for the second AL wild-card berth, losing to Toronto as Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar hit two-run home runs for the Blue Jays and J.A. Happ won for the first time in four starts.
The Rays (90-71) lost their second straight following a seven-game winning streak and dropped a half-game behind Cleveland (90-70), which was playing at Minnesota. The regular season is slated to end Sunday.
Adam Lind had two hits and three RBIs and Brett Lawrie reached base four times as the Blue Jays continued to make life tough for the Rays, who start left-hander Matt Moore (16-4) in Sunday's series finale against Blue Jays rookie right-hander Todd Redmond (4-2).
PADRES 9, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesus Guzman, Chris Denorfia and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in two runs and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants.
Hunter Pence, who reached a tentative agreement on a $90 million, five-year contract before the game, hit a two-run homer for the Giants. San Francisco had won three in a row.
MARINERS 7, ATHLETICS 5
SEATTLE -- Brad Miller hit a pair of home runs, including his first grand slam, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics in a game that decided division-series matchups in the American League.
Boston clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason with Oakland's loss. The AL West champion A's will play their playoff opener at home next Friday against AL Central champion Detroit, and AL East winner Boston will start at Fenway Park against the team emerging from the wild-card playoff: Cleveland Tampa Bay or Texas.
CARDINALS 6, CUBS 2
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright earned his 19th victory in a tuneup for the NL division series opener and Matt Holliday homered again as the St. Louis Cardinals showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating the Chicago Cubs, 6-2.
Holliday homered for the second straight day and Yadier Molina drove in two runs for St. Louis (96-65), which entered the day tied with Atlanta for the NL lead in wins. The Cardinals have won five in a row.
BREWERS 4, METS 2
NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez homered and had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers to a victory over the New York Mets.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs to help the Brewers (74-87) win their fourth straight as they put together a strong finish to a disappointing season. Milwaukee has won the first three in a four-game set at Citi Field to give the club five wins in its final seven series.