For the second straight night, the Texas Rangers played a near-four-hour game that lasted well into the morning hours here in the Central time zone.
And for the second straight night, they pulled out a win with a late hit. On Wednesday, it was Elvis Andrus' hit and steal of home that sparked the late win. On Thursday, it was Andrus that scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning thanks to a Mitch Moreland RBI double down the right-field line.
Moreland redeemed himself with the double after he'd failed to come through as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning with runners on second and third base, striking out to end the inning and keep the game tied after the Rangers had tied it earlier in the frame on a sac fly from Adrian Beltre.
Moreland has fallen on some hard times lately in the midst of the best season of his career. With the acquisition of Mike Napoli, he's been relegated to a platoon player at first base, even though he gets the gross majority of the time going against right-handed pitching. He also didn't get a start in San Diego with Prince Fielder swinging a hot bat and the DH out of play under NL rules.
Even still, he's having a career year with a batting average just shy of .290. He already has a career-high 68 RBIs and is five home runs shy of his career-high mark of 23 in 2013.