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7-7 - Rangers come back to beat A’s 8-7 and I’m not sure what I just saw

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The Legend of Danny Santana begins

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

I gotta admit, my attention was mostly on viewing the latest season of Game of Thrones as I aimed to re-familiarize myself with the series ahead of tonight’s premiere but even the unrelenting depravity of Westeros seemed way less dispiriting and brutal than this Rangers game I had on in the background until Texas pulled a real Beric Dondarrion and came back from the dead.

I really don’t know what happened. The Rangers had three hits coming into the eighth inning and they all came off the bat of Elvis Andrus. Somehow, down 7-4 with just six outs remaining, they scored four runs with Danny Santana of all people collecting the biggest hit in the inning in his first at-bat as Ranger as he plated the tying runs via a triple and scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run when Delino DeShields bunted him in with two-out.

What? Wild.

Postscript:

:3

Player of the Game: Elvis Andrus tripled. Elvis Andrus stole home. Elvis Andrus homered. Elvis Andrus was a double shy of the cycle and went 3-for-4 overall. The Rangers just couldn’t let a day like that from Elvis end with a loss.

Up Next: Now that Khris Davis is leaving town, the Rangers next welcome the Angels and Mike Trout to Arlington. Oh boy! Trout injured himself literally the game after he finished demolishing the Rangers in Anaheim earlier this month but he’s set to rejoin the team in time for this series in Texas. What luck!

Someone who isn’t listed yet will pitch for the Angels against Shelby Miller for Texas. First pitch in Monday night’s opener is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.