Suddenly, Angels in pennant race

Things go from hopeless to hopeful after pitching clinches series win over Rangers

Updated: July 21, 2011, 9:54 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Since the Los Angeles Angels emerged, groggily, from their dens after the All-Star break, the team is batting .188 and has struck out 63 times in seven games.

Yet they pulled on their fancy travel clothes to board an airplane bound for the muggy East Coast on Thursday afternoon with all sorts of notions about a pennant race that, 19 hours earlier, would have seemed like delusional thinking.

For preserving that bit of fun, they can thank Jered Weaver, Scott Downs ...

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