Ward’s 3-run homer, 5 RBIs lead Angels over Rangers 9-8

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The Los Angeles Angels added some unneeded drama Wednesday during the finale of a 10-game homestand that had already featured its share of setbacks.

The Angels held on for a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers after nearly squandering an eight-run lead after five innings.

Los Angeles went 5-5 on a homestand that started with Mike Trout being lost for eight weeks due to injury and ended with pitching coach Mikey Callaway being fired following a Major League Baseball investigation of sexual harassment allegations.

“We’ve had to battle baseball adversity, like every other team has. I’m really pleased and proud of the group,” said Joe Maddon, who got his 1,300th victory as a major league manager. “I would like to see this continue, so all this concern and work is showing up in regards to the win column.”

Los Angeles has won three straight for only the second time this season and is 4-5 since Trout was placed on the injured list due to a strained right calf.

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