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August 1, 2013

What You Need to Know

The Will to Walk-Off Win

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
If you’re going to claw back into a division race, you might as well do it in style. And after their general manager fell short in his 11th-hour bid to upgrade his lineup, the Rangers made their boss look good for the third night in a row.

Ron Washington’s club came into the week six games behind the first-place Athletics in the American League West, a shaky position that apparently left Daniels and the front office wavering on their deadline plans. With the threat of a 50-game suspension for Nelson Cruz hanging over their team, Daniels turned over many a stone in search of a power hitter who could approximate the right fielder’s production. But he was unable to pry either Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion from the Blue Jays and opted to stand pat following the acquisition of Matt Garza from the Cubs earlier last month, perhaps reassured by the news that Cruz intends to appeal his ban.

In the meantime, the Rangers have snapped a four-game losing streak and begun a three-game surge. And they have done so, night after night after night, in walk-off fashion, becoming the first team to win three straight games on home runs in its last at-bat since the Tigers did it from June 25-27, 2004.

The Rangers trailed 3-0 after five innings on Monday, but they scored a run apiece in the sixth and eighth to leave Ernesto Frieri with only a one-run lead to protect in the ninth. He couldn’t do it. A.J. Pierzynski went yard to begin the inning, and two batters later, Geovany Soto sent the fans home happy as the backstops combined for the equalizer and the game-winner.

Tuesday’s 14-11 decision was replete with bLOLpenning. Joakim Soria and Robbie Ross teamed up to turn a 6-4 advantage into a 7-6 deficit in the top of the seventh. Kevin Jepsen squandered that razor-thin lead in the bottom half of the frame. The Angels raced ahead with four runs (one earned) off Tanner Scheppers in the eighth, but the Rangers drew even with three off Nick Maronde in the home half of that frame and one more off Frieri in the last of the ninth. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, Leonys Martin whacked a three-run blast off Daniel Stange, saddling the 27-year-old with a brutal loss in his Angels debut.

The Angels never led in Wednesday’s finale, in which the Rangers jumped ahead 1-0 on a solo shot by Cruz in the bottom of the second. The visitors knotted the score on Josh Hamilton’s big fly, which predictably drew a shower of boos from the Arlington crowd, in the top of the seventh, and the game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately for the Angels, Michael Kohn, who relieved Williams and recorded the final out of the eighth, could not hold the line any longer. Adrian Beltre found a 2-2 fastball down the middle to his liking and destroyed it, rocketing a line drive over the left-field wall to complete the sweep.

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