ARLINGTON – Two days, two walk-off wins for the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers pulled off the improbable feat Tuesday night when Leonys Martin came through with a three-run homer to left in the 10th inning for a 14-11 victory to end a marathon game.
The Rangers started the 10th with Mitch Moreland and Geovany Soto each drawing walks. David Murphy grounded into a fielder’s choice that left Moreland at third and him at first with Martin coming up against Angels right-hander Daniel Stange.
The Angels went to a five-man infield, but it didn't matter when Martin drove an opposite-field blast to end the 4-hour, 46-minute game.
The Rangers forced extras by scoring a run in the ninth. Ian Kinsler drew a two-out walk against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri. He stole second and then scored on an RBI single by Adrian Beltre to tie the game. A.J. Pierzynski followed with a single to move Beltre to third, but Engel Beltre struck out to end the inning.
Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless 10th, though, setting up the heroics in the bottom half.
The Rangers have won two straight after losing eight of their first 10 coming out of the All-Star break, and have pulled to within five games of the A’s in the American League West.
The Rangers had a 6-4 lead after the sixth inning, but the bullpen failed to make it stand. The Angels scored three runs on a two-out double by Josh Hamilton in the seventh, but the Rangers scored one in their half to tie it back up at 7-7.
The Angels seemed to pull away for good with four runs in the eighth off Tanner Scheppers, but the Rangers mounted a comeback.
Soto, the hero from Monday’s walk-off victory, came through with a three-run homer in the eighth to make it a one-run game, and the momentum carried into the ninth.
-- Drew Davison