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Angels no longer control own destiny

ARLINGTON, Texas — Just two nights ago, the Los Angeles Angels were in control of their playoff destiny and in the midst of making a furious charge at possibly defending their American League West crown.

Losses in their last two games ended that dream and now the Angels need help to play on past Sunday. Thursday night’s 5-3 at Texas eliminated Los Angeles from the AL West title contention.

The Angels (83-76) are tied with Minnesota and one game back of Houston (84-75) for the second wild card playoff spot. The New York Yankees (87-72) locked down the other wild card Thursday.

The Angels realize their best bet is to win the last three games and hope the Astros lose at least once. If the Angels and Astros finish tied, the tiebreaker would be played in Houston. If it’s a three-way tie, Houston and Minnesota would play with the winner hosting the Angels.

Scenarios aside, the Angels are clear on one thing.

“We have to win out,” center fielder Mike Trout said. “We can’t lose anymore. It’s plain and simple.”

Los Angeles had won seven in a row before the current two-game skid.