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Cruz Walk Off Lifts Rangers In Extras

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Nelson Cruz hit Tim Wakefield’s first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning over the wall in left field, giving the Texas Rangers an incredible 10-9 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Although Cruz hit the winning homer, Josh Hamilton was the star for the Rangers as he went 4-for-5 with a homer, scored four times and made three great catches in the outfield. That included robbing Jed Lowrie of a possible home run in the sixth inning.

Playing their first game since Major League Baseball’s approval of the sale of the franchise from Tom Hicks to a group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, the Rangers gave their new ownership group plenty of cheer. They rallied from an 8-2 deficit and finished with 17 hits, including home runs from Michael Young and Mitch Moreland.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.