Everybody in the Texas Rangers clubhouse knew the importance of Wednesday night's victory. The team had rallied from an early six-run deficit and a late three-run deficit to pull off a dramatic 11-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in 10 innings.
The victory gives the Rangers a four-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, and gives them a chance to split the four-game series on Thursday night at Rangers Ballpark.
"We all know that each win the Angels get, they get momentum," Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan said. "They thought they had that game tonight and we took it from them. That's a good win for us.
"It's a big win because of the nature of the win and it's been a while since we had one like that. That was definitely a team effort, that's the exciting part of it."
Said David Murphy: "That was exactly what we needed. ... There's been kind of a stagnate, flat feeling in the dugout and you can only talk it up so much and try to motivate guys verbally. Eventually there has to be some action and execution and tonight was a perfect mix of all the above."
Added Michael Young: "It was a great ballgame. It's as important as an August 1 game can get. I was asked if it was a playoff atmosphere and the answer is a huge no. Playoffs are playoffs. This doesn't even compare."
Elvis Andrus, the star of the night who delivered the game-winning two-run single, said: "I didn't know I would be the hero tonight, but it's always nice when you do that. It is the best feeling right there. That's a feeling you always want to feel."
Here are a few postgame notes:
* The two-run single in the 10th by Elvis Andrus was his third career walk-off hit. He had one on May 29, 2011 against Kansas City and another on April 23, 2010 against Detroit.
* Nelson Cruz led off the 10th inning with a solo blast that landed over the visiting bullpen. The shot was estimated at 449 feet. Cruz also made a nice throw home in the bottom of the ninth to gun down Kendrys Morales for the third out. It's worth noting that Mike Napoli made a nice tag on the play, as well.
* Yu Darvish turned in his second-shortest outing of the season, lasting only five innings. He allowed seven runs on four hits with six walks and seven strikeouts. The six walks matched his season high.
-- Drew Davison