|Hamilton's Walk-Off Blast Pulls Out Win In 13th|
ARLINGTON -- Trailing by two going into the bottom of the 13th inning, the Rangers capped off a game-winning rally with a two-run, walk-off home run by Josh Hamilton. Not bad for someone feeling a bit under the weather.
"I don't have any strength left today. I'm completely out of it," said Hamilton. "Every time I exerted myself, I was light-headed and seeing stars."
Hamilton, who left Friday's game with a head cold in the seventh, homered for the second straight game after not going deep in his previous 11. The Rangers also got back-to-back-to-back home runs from Nelson Cruz, Yorvit Torrealba, and Mitch Moreland -- the last three hitters in the lineup -- in the sixth inning. But it was Hamilton's Major League-leading 20th homer that gave the Rangers an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
"Wow, what a game," said manager Ron Washington. "It was a battle to the end. Both teams kept fighting. We didn't deserve to lose that ballgame because we put ourselves in position [to win] quite a few times. Josh wasn't the only [one] out there on fumes."
Ian Kinsler began the 13th-inning comeback by drawing a walk from Ryota Igarashi. Elvis Andrus, who had bunted three times in his previous six plate appearances, doubled to center, trimming the Blue Jays' lead to 7-6. Then, Hamilton crushed a 1-2 offering from Jason Frasor over the center field wall, giving the Rangers their first walk-off win of the season.