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May 26, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers first walk-off victory

The Texas Rangers had plenty opportunities to win. They had their leadoff man reach in the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th innings of what had been a tie game but never capitalized.

Then the Toronto Blue Jays scored two in the top of the 13th, and it seemed like the Rangers ran out of chances. But that wasn't the case.

Ian Kinsler drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 13th, and scored on a double by Elvis Andrus. That brought up Josh Hamilton, who sent a two-run blast over the center field fence to lift the Rangers to a dramatic 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays. It was the first walk-off victory of the season for the Rangers.

"We don't want too many walk-offs because that means the game is close," starter Colby Lewis said. "But we'll take it."

Here are a few postgame notes following the game:

* Josh Hamilton has 20 home runs in 47 games this season. That's the fastest a player has reached the 20-mark since Albert Pujols did it with the Cardinals in 2006.

* The Rangers went back-to-back-to-back in the sixth with their Nos. 7-9 hitters (Nelson Cruz, Yorvit Torrealba and Mitch Moreland). It's the seventh time in franchise history, and the first since Sept. 27, 2011.

* Mitch Moreland went 3 for 4 with a homer and two singles. He is hitting .392 since April 25.

* Starter Colby Lewis had his shortest outing of the season, lasting only 5 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs on 10 hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Asked about his outing, Lewis said: "We won."

* David Murphy snapped an 0 for 10 drought with an infield single in the second. He finished 1 for 2 with a walk.

* The Rangers announced a sold out crowd of 47,430, the 15th sellout of the season. That's tied for the second most in club history (1998), and trails the 21 sellouts in 1994.

-- Drew Davison


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