The Texas Rangers enjoyed a bounce back season in 2015 after finishing an AL worst 67-95 in 2014. There were a lot of great moments along the way, and here are numbers ten and nine on the countdown:
10. vs. Athletics, May 2
The Rangers got their first walk off win of the year in this one. Coming into the game just 7-15, the Rangers needed a win in a bad way to keep up in the AL west. The Rangers led 3-1 going into the seventh, when Oakland exploded for six in the top of the inning. Unfazed, the Rangers scored four in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at seven. Shin-soo Choo, who was hitting under .100 most of April, launched a three run homer as part of that explosive seventh inning. Later in the tenth he hit a leadoff double, moved to third following two walks and then scored on Rougned Odor’s walkoff single to win the game 8-7. Keone Kela got his first major league win in this one and the Rangers snapped a four game losing streak.
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9. at Mariners, August 8
This was a strange baseball game for sure. Both teams scored three runs in the fourth inning, and neither got on the board again until the 11th, when the Rangers exploded for eight. But the real story was in the bottom of the tenth, when the Mariners easily could have won. Seth Smith led off with a lazy flyball that Ryan Strausborger misplayed and allowed Smith to get to second base. After Shawn Tolleson got two strikeouts, Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano were intentionally walked to load the bases. Jesus Montero came to the plate, and Tolleson got another strikeout to end the inning. In the top of the 11th the Rangers recorded seven straight hits. Josh Hamilton batted in the first run and it just kept going, ultimately capped off by a home run by Prince Fielder.
Come back tomorrow for number eight and number seven.