Joe Nathan had just pitched a scoreless ninth inning to keep the game tied on Wednesday just as he did in the 10th inning Tuesday that preceded the Texas Rangers’ second consecutive walk-off victory.
Nathan took a seat in the dugout next to catcher Geovany Soto and said “Why not another one?”
Soto agreed. “Why not?”
Adrian Beltre leading off the bottom of the ninth must’ve heard them from the batter’s box. He turned on a fastball and deposited it into the left-field seats to lift the Rangers to a 2-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark.
It marked the third straight walk-off victory for the Rangers the first time in club history they’ve accomplished that feat. It had been done twice before in franchise history by the Washington Senators in 1961 and 1965.
More importantly it pulled the Rangers to within four games of the Oakland A’s in the American League West and gave them much-needed momentum after they lost eight of 10 coming out of the...