Texas Rangers: Tommy Field

Leonys Martin dreamed about a walk-off hit

July, 31, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Believe it or not, Leonys Martin saw this one coming.

Him up in a crucial moment. Game on the line. And on Tuesday night, he delivered.

Needing just a fly ball to win the game, Martin instead went the dramatic route, lining a three-run home run over the left-field fence for the Texas Rangers' second walk-off win in two nights over the Los Angeles Angels, this time an improbable 14-11 victory.

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AP Photo/Jim CowsertThe Rangers celebrated at home plate again.
"It's the biggest moment that I have had in my whole career," Martin said. "Last night I had a dream like that because of the game last night. I dreamed about it."

The Rangers trailed by a run entering the bottom of the ninth inning and got down to their last out. Geovany Soto, who had a walk-off home run for Monday's 4-3 victory, had hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to put his team within 11-10 and in position to rally against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri.

Frieri, who blew Monday's game, did it again. He allowed a two-out walk to Ian Kinsler. With the count at 0-1, Kinsler stole second base. It put Adrian Beltre in an 0-2 hole, but it didn't bother him. Beltre lined a single past Angels third baseman Tommy Field to tie the game.

That set the stage for Martin, after closer Joe Nathan worked around a walk to Mike Trout in the top of the 10th.

Mitch Moreland, who snapped out of an 0-for-23 slump in the eighth inning with a single, drew a walk to open the bottom of the 10th inning. So did Soto. David Murphy hit a slow roller to third base, but the Angels were able to get only a force play at second base for the first out.

With the winning run at third, Martin was looking to put the ball in play.

"I didn’t want to hit a ground ball," he said.

Well, he didn't. He smoked a 1-2 fastball just over the left-field wall, creating another Rangers celebration at home plate. It's the first time they've had walk-off wins in consecutive games since 1981.

The Rangers gained ground on the Oakland Athletics for the first time since June 27, moving within five games of the first-place A's in the American League West. The Rangers won back-to-back games for the first time since July 8 and 9 in Baltimore.

"We never quit," manager Ron Washington said.

He hopes that's a theme for the rest of the season.



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182