Outfielder Nelson Cruz, shortstop Elvis Andrus, Kinsler and Young were all accorded large ovations as they were replaced defensively one by one before the top of the sixth.Rangers starter Colby Lewis went five innings, allowing only a two-run home run by Hideki Matsui in the fourth inning. He left with the game tied, 2-2, and finished the regular season at 12-13 with a 3.72 ERA. "Colby did a great job," Washington said. "We just wanted to get five out of him. We wanted to let those guys get some appreciation from the fans." Vladimir Guerrero also got his due. He batted with one out in the sixth and, after getting to home plate, was called back to the dugout so he could get his ovation. Matt Treanor went in to pinch-hit for him. Angels pitcher Dan Haren seemed a little peeved by the excess, and his first pitch to Treanor was high and tight. Some Rangers started jawing at Haren from the dugout. "It was a little weird," Haren said. "The thing is, I don't know the history, if we've done something like that in the past. It seemed a little out of the ordinary." Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who personally congratulated Washington after the game, did not have a problem with it. "Some guys thought it was maybe a little over the top," Scioscia said. "I had no problem with it. It was their party; they certainly deserved to celebrate however they want and send themselves off into the playoffs." If anybody had the right to complain it would be Rangers reliever Dustin Nippert. He had to stand out on the mound in the top of the sixth and wait while his teammates were taking their bows. When he finally went to work, Angels leadoff hitter Peter Bourjos hit his second pitch over the left-field wall for a go-ahead home run. The Angels later added three runs in the ninth off of reliever Mark Lowe, who was trying to win a spot on the playoff roster. Lowe, who made three appearances this weekend after missing over four months because of back surgery, instead will be sent to Arizona to continue pitching. Matt Harrison will go with him. Infielder Cristian Guzman and pitchers Rich Harden, Doug Mathis and Pedro Strop are being sent home. Everybody else is headed for Tampa Bay -- including Josh Hamilton.
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