Final in 10
8:05 PM ET, July 30, 2013
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers leadoff hitter Leonys Martin was just trying to hit a ball over the five players positioned in the infield.
Martin instead knocked it over the wall for a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning as Texas, after trailing four times, pulled out a 14-11 victory over the Los Angeles Angels that took nearly five hours Tuesday night.
"This the biggest moment in my whole career so far," said Martin, the former Cuban defector who signed with Texas two years ago. "Last night, I had a dream like that."
His dreamy thoughts came after the Rangers had opened the series against the Angels with another game-ending homer.
Daniel Stange (0-1), making his Angels debut and his first major league appearance since 2010, walked Mitch Moreland and Geovany Soto to start the 10th. David Murphy then reached on a fielder's choice before Los Angeles put five players in the infield with only two outfielders.
That alignment didn't matter when Martin sent his sixth homer of the season to the opposite field, barely clearing the 14-foot wall and just inside the left-field foul pole. It was the seventh at-bat in the game for the Texas leadoff hitter, who got more than just a ball to the outfield that would have won the game on the 434th pitch thrown by a combined 14 pitchers.
"He's shown that he can do that. He's hit some doubles down that left field line," manager Ron Washington said. "But the most important thing is he got a pitch up in the zone and he stayed on it."
Closer Joe Nathan (2-1), the sixth Rangers pitcher, worked around a leadoff walk in the 10th for a scoreless inning.
It was the second night in a row the Rangers had a game-ending homer -- the first time they've done that since 1981.
Before this series, the Rangers were swept in three games at Cleveland and had been shut out in three of four games. Washington held a 40-minute, closed-door meeting after the finale against the Indians and said afterward that his team seemed like it was sleepwalking.
Now, they're walking on air.
"It wasn't a meeting where I went up there and chewed butt. It was a meeting where I had to get them to understand what our purpose is, and what their purpose is, and what they're capable of doing. And how to go about doing it. And everybody had a part in it," Washington said. "They committed themselves to each other to try to finish as strong as we possibly can. We have two games that were very exciting."
Texas has consecutive victories for the first time in three weeks after scoring in each of the last four innings. The Rangers also gained ground on AL West-leading Oakland for the first time since June 27 -- a span of 33 days. The Athletics lost 5-0 at home against Toronto, a West Coast game that ended before this one did after 4 hours, 46 minutes and just before midnight.
Texas, which won the series opener Monday when A.J. Pierzynski and Soto homered in the ninth off Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, forced extra innings Tuesday after Ian Kinsler drew a two-out walk in the ninth against Frieri. Kinsler then stole second base and scored on Adrian Beltre's single to make it 11-all.
Frieri had converted 25 of 27 saves before his consecutive blown chances in Texas.
"This is the most frustrating moment of my career. I never went through this. I don't know what to do," he said. "We're very frustrated."
Mark Trumbo and Collin Cowgill homered for the Angels, who lost their fifth straight game. Josh Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP who spent the past five seasons in Texas, drove in four runs, while Mike Trout was 4-for-4 and with two walks after going 2-for-2 with two walks Monday night.
"We couldn't do much more on the offensive side," manager Mike Scioscia said.
J.B. Shuck stopped in the middle of the baseline to avoid being tagged by second baseman Kinsler, and then got out of a rundown when the fifth relay throw wasn't caught by pitcher Tanner Scheppers, an error that allowed him to get back to first. Howie Kendrick then added a two-run single, his 1,000th career hit, before Hamilton's RBI single.
Soto got the Rangers within 11-10 with his three-run homer in the eighth, that ball landing not far from where he hit his game-ending homer Monday night.
Every Texas starter had a hit off C.J. Wilson, who allowed six runs and a season-high 11 hits while throwing 109 pitches in four innings against his former team. Los Angeles trailed 6-3 after the left-hander threw his last pitch. He struck out six and walked three.
Texas starter Derek Holland allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked two. ... Wilson has an 11.74 ERA (20 runs over 15 1/3 innings) in four starts as an opposing pitcher at Rangers Ballpark. He was 27-14 with 25 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 172 games (38 starts) there before getting a $77.5 million, five-year deal from his hometown Angels after the 2011 season. ... Scioscia was ejected in the second inning when he argued after when slow-footed Soto was called safe on a close play at first base. Crew chief Jerry Layne, who was at first base, heard only a few words from an irate Scioscia before tossing the manager. Layne then stood there stone-faced, appearing not to respond verbally, as Scioscia voiced his displeasure for a couple of more minutes before leaving the field.
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 30: Mark Trumbo #44 the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a hand slap from Dino Ebel, Angels...(Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 15-4 (as of Tue 7/30)|
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|Wed 4/24||TEX 11, @LAA 3||Recap|
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|Mon 8/5||TEX 5, @LAA 2||Recap|
|Tue 8/6||TEX 8, @LAA 3||Recap|
|Wed 8/7||TEX 10, @LAA 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/6||@LAA 6, TEX 5||Recap|
|Sat 9/7||@LAA 8, TEX 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/8||TEX 4, @LAA 3||Recap|
|Thu 9/26||@TEX 6, LAA 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/27||@TEX 5, LAA 3||Recap|
|Sat 9/28||@TEX 7, LAA 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/29||@TEX 6, LAA 2||Recap|
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|1st||M Trumbo homered to center (452 feet), M Trout scored.||2||0|
|1st||I Kinsler singled to left, E Andrus scored.||2||1|
|1st||N Cruz singled to center, I Kinsler scored, A Beltre to second.||2||2|
|3rd||M Trout singled to left, E Aybar scored.||3||2|
|3rd||N Cruz scored, J Baker to third, G Soto to second on wild pitch by C Wilson.||3||3|
|3rd||C Gentry reached on infield single to second, J Baker and G Soto scored.||3||5|
|4th||A Beltre singled to left center, I Kinsler scored.||3||6|
|5th||C Cowgill homered to left (388 feet).||4||6|
|7th||J Hamilton doubled to deep left center, M Trout, M Trumbo and H Kendrick scored.||7||6|
|7th||E Andrus singled to left, D Murphy scored, E Andrus to second advancing on throw.||7||7|
|8th||E Aybar grounded out to second, K Calhoun scored. J Schuck to first on error by pitcher T Scheppers.||8||7|
|8th||H Kendrick singled to right, J Shuck and C Cowgill scored, M Trout to third.||10||7|
|8th||J Hamilton singled to center, M Trout scored, H Kendrick to third.||11||7|
|8th||G Soto homered to left (366 feet), E Beltre and M Moreland scored.||11||10|
|9th||A Beltre singled to left, I Kinsler scored.||11||11|
|10th||L Martin homered to left (357 feet), M Moreland and D Murphy scored.||11||14|
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|Stadium||Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX|
|Attendance||36,931 (76.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||97 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Alan Porter|
From Elias: The Rangers are the second team this season to win consecutive games via a walk-off HR. The Giants did it on May 3-4 vs. the Dodgers. The last time the Rangers won consecutive games via a walk-off HR was Oct 2-3, 1981 vs. California.[+]
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