The Rangers got the job done in September, using a win over the Angels late in August as a springboard. They played consistent baseball and never allowed the Angels to catch them, clinching their second straight AL West title will five games left in the season. Here's a look at September:
Complete-game shutout: Sept. 6 – C.J. Wilson gets the first complete-game shutout of his career as the Rangers beat the Rays, 8-0 at Tropicana Field.
Free carpet: Sept. 14 – Josh Hamilton’s grand slam is worth a little more than $500,000 thanks to a CC Carpet promotion. The owner of the company was thrilled and Hamilton admitted that he thought about the promotion as he came to the plate.
Clinching: Sept. 23 – The Rangers beat the Mariners and then wait around, watching the big screen at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the Angels lost to the A’s, giving Texas their second straight AL West title (late at night). The club celebrated on the field for a while and then in the clubhouse.
New attendance mark: Sept. 26—A total of 2,946,949 fans watched the Rangers in Arlington this season, a new club record. The next goal: 3 million.
Other September moments:
Sept. 1: Texas enters September with a 77-60 mark and in first place by 3.5 games. They started the month ahead by 2. …Adrian Beltre joins the lineup again and vows to be cautious with his hamstring.
Sept. 4: Beltre gets his 2,000th hit as the Rangers beat Boston, 11-4, taking two of three in Fenway Park before heading off to Tampa.
Sept. 12: After taking two of three from Oakland, the club enters the off day at home in first by three games and playing well.
Sept. 15: Texas finishes off Cleveland with a 7-2 win behind solid work from Alexi Ogando. The three-game sweep allows them to open up a 3.5-game lead on the Angels as they head out on the road.
Sept. 17: Nelson Cruz is in the lineup as DH, playing for the first time since his injury. He struggles and is still trying to find his timing.
Sept. 18: Craig Gentry continues a solid September with a timely infield hit and good hitting with runners in scoring position, helping the Rangers beat the Mariners.
Sept. 21: Mark Lowe suffers a Grade II hamstring strain as he ran sprints during pregame drills prior to a game in Oakland. Lowe will miss at least the first round of the playoffs.