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Martin Has Big Night in Loss



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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 18: Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teamates after he scored in the top of the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on June 18, 2014 in Oakland, California. Martin scored on a bases loaded two-run single from Shin-Soo Choo #17. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    Leonys Martin did a little bit of everything on Wednesday night in Baltimore as the Orioles came back from a 4-0 deficit to hand the Rangers their fourth straight loss.

    He went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI on an infield single to help the Rangers build that early lead, and he also did work with his glove to help protect it. In Nelson Cruz's first at-bat of the night off first-time starter Miles Mikolas, Cruz hit a moon-shot to center field that appeared to be headed for the Orioles' bullpen, even provoking the Orioles' bullpen catcher to raise his arms in celebration.

    Instead, Martin jumped, reached over the wall and came back down with the ball in his glove, robbing his former teammate of his league-leading 27th home run. Martin and Cruz exchanged some playful glances and Cruz went back to the dugout disappointed.

    Martin has been a bright spot for the Rangers over the past couple of weeks. In fact, in his last 11 games, 10 of which were starts, Martin is hitting .342 and has a .432 on-base percentage thanks to six walks, showing a newfound patient approach at the plate.

    The Rangers needed to see a step forward from Martin this season, and right now he's showing just that.