Nelson Cruz lowers the boom on Detroit

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
7:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There's a reason 6-2, 240-pound, barrel-chested Nelson Cruz occasionally answers to the nickname Boomstick.

Once again, he showed why.

Cruz drove in five runs and hit a pair or majestic home runs, including the first postseason walk-off grand slam in major league history. Anytime you're the first person to do something in the big leagues, it's worthy to be praised.

More importantly, Cruz's unforgettable night has given the Texas Rangers control of the ALCS because his dramatic shot down the left-field line with none out lifted the Rangers to a 7-3 victory in 11 innings and a 2-0 series lead over the Detroit Tigers.

You can read the rest of the story here.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.90 167 133
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 58
RA. Beltre 57
OPSA. Beltre .883
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167