It was Derek Jeter's day, but Adrian Beltre made his own magic on Thursday night in Arlington.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 6th, we may have seen a preview of what to expect at the top of the lineup in 2015. With two outs, Leonys Martin laid down a well-placed bunt for a hit, stole second, and behind in the count 1-2 Elvis Andrus lunged at a breaking pitch and lofted it into shallow left for a game-tying RBI single.
The game remained tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th, and with one out Adrian Beltre sent a ball just out of reach of Josh Reddick and over the right field wall for the walk off.
Rangers 2, Athletics 1.
That's five wins in a row and 12 of 13 for the Rangers, who delivered Tim Bogar his 13th win in 19 games as interim manager, a title one can only assume will be lifted for the full-time position sometime during October.
Texas have allowed exactly one run in 4 of their last 5, and 7 times during this 12-1 stretch. It's really easy to win when you get that sort of pitching. Tonight Colby Lewis capped off his 2014 campaign by going seven innings (without giving up a HR!) on just one run and five hits. I can't wait to see him in a Rangers uniform in 2015.
We're only three games away from the season being over, and if tonight is the last real highlight in a year full of lows, I'm more than okay with that. As excited as I was to get the #1 pick in next year's draft, now that it won't happen I'm not very unhappy about it. I'm proud of our guys.