The Juice: Rangers win on walk-off home run for third straight day, sweep Angels

Mark Townsend

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Three times a walk-off: After going 223 games without a walk-off home run, the Texas Rangers have won each of their last three on walk-off blasts after Adrian Beltre delivered the latest on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Angels, they were on the receiving end of all three, beginning with Geovany Soto's solo homer in the ninth inning on Monday and followed by Leonys Martin's three-run shot in the tenth on Tuesday. Beltre's roundtripper in the ninth gave the Rangers a 2-1 victory, which completed a sweep in the three-game series.

''Being able to walk off three times in a row, and our offense has been the reason why we struggled the last few weeks, and our offense is getting a lot better,'' Beltre said.

''And it starts with me. I haven't been swinging the bat real well, hitting in the middle of the lineup and not doing my job, but the last couple of games have been better and hopefully it creates that for everybody.''

The offense is definitely picking up the slack, but how long will that last once Nelson Cruz's suspension is handed down? He provided the Rangers other run with his 25th homer.

Detroit finishes two-game sweep: What would have been hyped as a World Series preview in April proved to be a mismatch in late July. With their 11-1 victory on Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers finished off a two-game sweep of the Washington Nationals despite missing the lethal bat of Miguel Cabrera. They also didn’t get a sharp start from Justin Verlander, who walked five over six innings, but were able to rough up GioGonzalez for 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings. That’s one run shy of his career-high for runs allowed.

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Red Sox 5, Mariners 4 (15 inn.): Stephen Drew's walk-off single ends a wild one at Fenway and moves Boston back into first place.

Diamondbacks 7, Rays 0: This is why the Red Sox are back in first place.

Reds 4, Padres 1: Homer Bailey carried a shutout into the ninth and ended his four-game losing streak since pitching his second career no-hitter on July 2.

Blue Jays 5, A’s 2 (10 inn.): Toronto overcomes four errors, including two dropped popups.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 4: Pittsburgh was quiet at the deadline but sent a loud message to St. Louis with their fourth straight victory in the series.

Braves 9, Rockies 0: Atlanta's lead in the NL East expands to 11 games — their largest advantage since Oct. 2, 2004.

Giants 9, Phillies 2: Same players, same results for Philadelphia. They've lost 9 out of 10.

Indians 6, White Sox 5 (1o inn.): You want more walk-off home runs? Carlos Santana has one for you in Cleveland.

Astros 11, Orioles 0: You think Bud Norris wishes he made one more start for Houston?

Cubs 6, Brewers 1: Chicago completes their first winning month of the season at 14-13.

Royals 4, Twins 3: Kansas City closes July on an eight-game winning streak. They'll enter August 53-51 and 4.5 games behind a wild card berth.

Yankees 3, Dodgers 0: Hero on Tuesday, goat on Wednesday. Mark Ellis' dropped popup helps New York clinch the road victory.

''I think you realize how good of players we got in that trade and how much those guys are going to be a big part of not only this team this year, but the future. These guys can play.''

— Marlins manager Mike Redmond on Miami's trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason. Jake Marisnick, whom they acquired in said deal, delivered his first career home run on Wednesday to provide the difference in their 3-2 win over the New York Mets.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, part owner Magic Johnson and chairman Mark Walter present Mariano Rivera with a fishing rod.

• The Rays placed left-hander Matt Moore on the disabled list with discomfort in his left elbow. The injury is not believed to be serious.

• The Royals eight-game winning streak is their longest since 2003.

According to Elias Sports, the Rangers are the third team in history to win three straight games on a walk-off homer. No team has ever done it in four in a row.

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