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Rangers Walk Off Again, Rally To Beat Rivera, Yankees

(Sports Network) – Mariano Rivera hit Jeff Francoeur with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force in the winning run, as the Rangers upended the Yankees, 7-6, in the middle contest of a three-game series.

Alex Rodriguez had hit a three-run double in the eighth inning to put the Yankees ahead, 6-5, but the Rangers rallied for a second consecutive night.

On Friday, Nelson Cruz hit the game-tying home run in the eighth before slamming the game-winner in the 13th to give Texas the win.

In Saturday’s game, Ian Kinsler hit a game-tying RBI double that left runners on second and third with nobody out. Rivera (3-3) intentionally walked Chris Davis to set up a force play at home, and looked like he might get out of the inning after getting pinch-hitter Andres Blanco to pop up to first.

But Rivera’s first pitch to Francoeur hit him in the left shoulder, ending the game in stunning fashion.

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