Arlington, TX – The Texas Rangers came back and stunned the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second straight night.
Leonys Martin's three-run homer in the 10th inning capped Texas' 14-11 victory and handed the Angels a fifth straight loss, the last two coming in heartbreaking fashion.
"He's shown that he can do that. He's hit some doubles down that left field line," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But the most important thing is he got a pitch up in the zone and he stayed on it."
Geovany Soto hit the game-winning homer on Monday and smacked a big three-run blast in the eighth inning Tuesday to start the comeback. Adrian Beltre singled in a run in the ninth off Ernesto Frieri, who suffered a second consecutive blown save.
"This is the most frustrating moment of my career. I never went through this. I don't know what to do," Frieri said. "We're very frustrated."
Beltre went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI for the Rangers, who won back-to-back games for the first time since taking three straight from July 7-9.
Josh Hamilton drove in four runs, Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI and Mark Trumbo and Collin Cowgill each homered in the loss.
The wild back-and-forth tilt featured 35 combined hits and saw the Angels take a seemingly comfortable 11-7 lead in the eighth, which was extended due to a failed rundown attempt.
Kole Calhoun scored on the mishap after opening the frame with a double, and the Angels later loaded the bases for Howie Kendrick, who came through with a two-out, two-run single -- the 1,000th hit of his career -- to right field.
Hamilton plated Trout with a base hit, but the Rangers began another rally thanks to Soto hammering a Dane De La Rosa offering into the left-field seats, cutting Texas' deficit to one,
Frieri issued a two-out walk to Ian Kinsler, who stole second and scored when Beltre's ground ball got under the glove of Tommy Field. Field was playing third base because the Angels took out starting third baseman Alberto Callaspo in the fifth inning after trading him to the Oakland Athletics.
Joe Nathan (2-1) stranded a pair in the 10th and earned the win after Daniel Stange (0-1) walked the first two batters in the 10th and served up Martin's game-winning homer down the left-field line.
Neither starter factored in the four-hour, 46-minute affair. C.J. Wilson, who was 7-1 with a 1.96 ERA over his previous eight starts, was shelled for six runs on 11 hits and two walks in four innings for the Angels, while Derek Holland yielded four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks over six frames.
Trumbo pounded a two-run shot to straightaway center for his 23rd homer of the year in the first inning, and the Rangers scraped across a pair in the bottom half when Kinsler blooped an RBI single in front of J.B. Shuck in left and scored when Nelson Cruz laced a base hit up the middle with two away.
Trout drove in Erick Aybar with a single in the third frame only to have Texas answer again in its half. A single, double and walk loaded the bases, and a wild pitch allowed Cruz to score. Craig Gentry followed with a two-out hit off the glove of Kendrick to bring in Jeff Baker and Soto, and the Rangers suddenly led 5-3.
Kinsler tripled into the left-field corner leading off the fourth and came home on Beltre's single to make it a three-run game.
Cowgill took Holland deep to left field leading off the fifth for his first home run in an Angels uniform, and the Angels regained the lead, 7-6, in the seventh when Hamilton stepped up with the bases loaded -- thanks to a single from Trout and a pair of two-out walks --- and stroked a double to center to clear the bags.
Trout has reached base in 10 straight plate appearances. He leads the AL with 42 multi-hit games ... Cruz left the game with a bruised left quad ... The Angels had been 41-2 when leading after eight innings entering the series ... Angels manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by first base umpire Jerry Layne after Soto was called safe on a close play at first base in the second inning.