OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 22: Josh Wilson #12 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI double scoring Leonys Martin #2 (not pictured) in the top of the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on April 22, 2014 in Oakland, California. The run tied the score 4-4. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Josh Wilson was the Texas Rangers' starting second baseman on Tuesday night, a night after playing a large role in the Rangers' comeback win over division rival Oakland, one of Wilson's former teams.
By the time the fourth inning had rolled around on Tuesday, Wilson was playing at third base after the Rangers' hottest player, Kevin Kouzmanoff, was forced to leave the game with back stiffness. That's when Wilson booted a routine ball that allowed the A's to score two unearned runs to take a 4-3 lead that was held until the ninth inning.
That's when Wilson's two-strike, two-out laser double off the left field wall scored Leonys Martin to tie the game, and right before another former Athletic, Michael Choice singled in Wilson for the go-ahead run in what ended up being one of the most improbable wins you'll ever see.
"We've been on the other end of a couple of those, and they sting a little bit, especially against a division rival," Wilson said. "It's a great to win a game like that in the ninth inning."
Just add Wilson's name to the list of guys who have been surprising contributors to the Rangers, who are a surprising win Wednesday away from having the best record in the American League despite having 10 players on the DL.