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.