Game of the Day
Rangers 2, Angels 1 (12 inn.)
Run, Frenchy! Jeff Francoeur(notes) knows opportunity when he sees it, so when a Matt Palmer(notes) fastball — of all pitches — glanced off the mitt of catcher Jeff Mathis(notes), he high-tailed it home and scored the go-ahead run. It had taken the Rangers eight innings — including 16 straight outs heading to the 12th — to put a second run on the board.
"It's a strange way to win, because you're expecting a curveball to get away, not a fastball," Francoeur said. "I didn’t hesitate, though. It was a good opportunity."
Method Men: The Rangers have been hesitating to put away the rest of the AL West; they came in having dropped three straight, but their magic number now is down to four. Two victories against the second-place Oakland Athletics, who are up next on the schedule, and the Rangers can party like it's 1999 — the most recent season they made the playoffs.
Neftali Feliz(notes), Happy Texas: With a relatively painless bottom of the 12th, Feliz (hand on heart in photo) got his 37th save — tying the rookie record by Seattle's Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000. ... C.J. Wilson(notes) made another strong start (as did Los Anaheim's Dan Haren(notes)), but both were long gone by the time the Rangers figured it out.
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D-backs 8, Rockies 4: Schlocktober.
Cubs 2, Giants 0: The Giants were shut out for the fourth time in their past five losses. When they lose, they don't mess around with any silly "runs."
Brewers 13, Reds 1: Cincy can't be choosy, considering it hasn't been in the playoffs in 15 years. But looking ahead to Johnny Cueto's(notes) first postseason start can't inspire much confidence after this drubbing.
Mariners 6, Blue Jays 3: Ichiro Suzuki(notes) went 1 for 5 and is two hits short of 200. Jose Bautista(notes) is stuck on 49 homers. Jose Lopez(notes) hit three home runs, about five months after they could have done any good.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 1: Big Papi still has big pop.
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