Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/3/14
ARLINGTON, Texas It would be stretch to say that Rangers manager Ron Washington planned for two ninth-inning homer, but the changes he made to the lineup did pay off in Monday's 4-3 win over the Angels. The biggest change was batting Ian Kinsler third instead of his usual leadoff spot. Kinsler has batted leadoff in 75 games this season, but in the No. 3 spot he drove in both of the Rangers' runs to set up the ninth-inning heroics. "Well it worked," Washington said. "We needed someone to pick us up and Kinsler did just that." Kinsler is normal the spark at the top of the lineup, but with a stagnant offense Washington put him in the role of run-producer. It was just his third time to hit third this year. In the sixth inning, a Kinsler single scored Leonys Martin, who hit leadoff for the first time. The speedy Martin, who normally hits ninth, reached on a bunt single and was advanced on another bunt by Elvis Andrus. That run broke a streak of 26 scoreless innings for the Rangers,...
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