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July 31, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 14-11 walk-off victory over Angels

Leonys Martin said he dreamed about the scenario Monday night after Geovany Soto's walk-off blast lifted the Rangers to a victory.

Well, Martin's dream came true the next night. He sent a three-run homer over the left-field fence to send the Rangers to another walk-off victory, this time a 14-11 win in 10 innings.

"The biggest moment I've had in my whole career," Martin said after his first walk-off hit. "I was looking for one good pitch."

Martin found it on a 1-2 fastball by Angels right-hander Daniel Stange, lining it over the left-field fence. The Angels went to a five-man infield for the at-bat, and Martin was simply looking for something he could get in the air.

It's the Rangers' second straight win after they lost eight of 10 coming out of the All-Star break. They pulled to within five games of the A's in the American League West, the first time they've made up ground in the division since June 27.

"We need to win games any way we can and tonight was a long, fought battle," Ian Kinsler said. "We didn't give up. We played to the end and pulled out a win, so it was a good win tonight."

Here are a few other postgame notes:

* Geovany Soto came through with his second clutch homer in as many nights. He had the walk-off shot on Monday, and a three-run shot in the eighth inning Tuesday to make a four-run game a one-run game.

* The game lasted 4 hours, 46 minutes, the second-longest game played by the Rangers this season, trailing on an 18-inning affair against Toronto on June 8.

-- Drew Davison

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