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7-11 - Rangers finally slay RISP demons, rally to beat Angels in finale

After going nearly 72 hours without a hit with runners in scoring position, the Rangers finally got the big hit to rally and beat the Angels

High fives all around
High fives all around
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Boy this game sure looked familiar for a while there. After the Rangers took an early lead without producing a hit with runners in scoring position, the Angels tied the game late on a Mike Trout dinger and took the lead an inning later. For the Rangers, this looked like every other game during their recent losing streak as Texas had led in six of the seven games of this road trip while only winning two of them.

However, after Mr. Never Quit himself Jeff Banister was banished from a game for the first time in his managerial career, after arguing a fan interference replay call that went in the Angels' favor, the Rangers produced a two-out rally in the 9th inning to live up to their skipper's mantra. Mitch Moreland's game-tying single in the 9th was the Rangers' first hit with runners in scoring position since the third inning on Friday.

With George Springer 375 miles north in Oakland, nothing could prevent Leonys Martin from collecting his first dong of the year to put the Rangers ahead. Texas tacked on another run and Neftali Feliz picked up the save despite allowing a run in the bottom of the 11th and throwing 38 pitches to give us all a scare.

Player of the Game: Nick Martinez now has the lowest ERA for a pitcher in April with at least 25 innings in team history. Ace Nick pitched six scoreless innings today only to see his stellar start wasted just two hitters after he exited when Anthony Bass allowed Trout's game-tying dinger. Luckily, the Rangers rallied so we don't have to feel too bad for Nick.