- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers avoided a sweep by displaying some rare magic in the ninth inning. Adam Rosales' RBI single drove in Adrian Beltre with the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.
The Rangers win prevented a three-game sweep by the Angels and gave them their sixth walk-off win and second during this seven-game homestand.
Rosales has produced both walk-offs, he got the first one earlier this week when he drew a bases-loaded walk against Tampa Bay.
How it happened: The ninth-inning magic started when Alex Rios singled to left and continued when Adrian Beltre picked up a hit through the hole at short. Mike Carp's RBI single to center tied the game and gave Huston Street a blown save and ended his scoreless appearance streak at 12 since he was traded from San Diego.
With the infield in, Adam Rosales stroked a ball over the shallow outfield to win it.
While Rangers starter Nick Tepesch was getting his act together in the early innings, the Angels took advantage. Erick Aybar and David Freese reached on base hits and Efren Navarro drove in the first run with a single to right. Collin Cowgill bounced a shot up the middle and Tepesch knocked it down. Maybe he should have let the ball go through and allowed shortstop Elvis Andrus make a play on the ball. It kept things going and one out later, Kole Calhoun brought in the second run with a ground out to second.
The Rangers cut the deficit to 2-1 on Rougned Odor's RBI single to right, but Odor was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. The next best opportunity came in the seventh with a man on and two outs. Geovany Soto struck out looking on a fastball that nicked the corner from reliever Kevin Jepsen.
Bullpen work: One of the bright spots of late is the Rangers bullpen. In a critical eighth inning, Washington used it to keep the deficit at one. Following Mike Trout's leadoff walk that chased Tepesch, Washington inserted Shawn Tolleson. He allowed a double to Albert Pujols and intentionally walked Howie Kendrick to load the bases. With the infield in, Tolleson struck out Aybar and then David Freese. Washington called on lefty Neal Cotts to face Navarro, another left hander. He struck out Navarro on a slider in the dirt to end the inning. Coming into the game, the Rangers bullpen was 0.94 in the last seven games and hitters were batting just .213 in August, fifth lowest in the AL.
Odor’s chats: Odor has a promising career and will create a position battle with Jurickson Profar at second base in spring training next year. Until then, the Rangers will undergo some growing pains with the rookie. In the fifth inning, Odor’s RBI single cut the Angels deficit to 2-1. Odor was thrown out at second trying to stretch things to a double. It was a close play, one that prompted manager Ron Washington to challenge the play. The problem with Odor’s move was he should have stayed at first and he became the second out. The throw home was cut off by Pujols at first, who had the presence of mind to spin around and throw Odor out at second. When the inning was over, first base coach Bengie Molina met Odor at the top steps and had about a two-minute talk with him. Washington was next, who talked with Odor at the other end of the dugout.
What’s next?: Nothing. Well, the Rangers have an off day and will travel to Miami on Monday.