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Rangers Moments: No. 1

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    NEWSLETTERS

    As part of a season-ending series, we'll take a look at the 13 most memorable moments from the 2011 Texas Rangers season.

    No. 1

    When: Oct. 27

    What: David Murphy and Darren Oliver both said it after the game. They "had never been a part of anything like this." Not many players have. On the biggest stage in the game, the Texas Rangers had a 7-5 lead going into the ninth inning with Neftali Feliz on the mound and were three outs away from their first-ever World Series championship. Then two outs. Then one out. Then two strikes away. Then one strike away. Then, bam. David Freese sent a rocket to the opposite field off Feliz for a two-run triple that will forever be examined as to whether Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz could have caught the ball. He got a bad jump on it, no doubt, but it would've been a tough play with the ball's trajectory and velocity. Anyway, it went off the wall and scored two runs to tie the game. Feliz got the final out of the inning after that but was apparently distraught and Ron Washington didn't have faith in his closer to bring him back for the 10th inning, using Darren Oliver instead. But before that, the Rangers appeared to have won the Series again when Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run to center to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead and add another chapter to Hamilton's too-good-to-be-true book with his first postseason home run, sports hernia and all. But it wasn't meant to be, as the Cardinals tied it up in the bottom of the 10th, and then Freese hit an epic walk-off blast in the bottom of the 11th off of Mark Lowe to give the Cardinals a 10-9 win in what might be the most dramatic World Series game ever played.

    Previous moments: No. 13, No. 12, No. 11, No. 10, No. 9, No. 8, No. 7, No. 6, No. 5, No. 4, No. 3, No. 2