October 30, 2010
That's how they do the World Series down in Texas, y'all.
Mitch Moreland(notes) and Josh Hamilton(notes) provided the offense, Colby Lewis(notes) and closer Neftali Feliz(notes) the pitching and team president Nolan Ryan the official fist pumps in the Texas Rangers' 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Saturday night.
The San Francisco Giants still lead the best-of-seven set 2-1, but the Rangers are happy to own the first World Series victory in franchise history.
Moreland clubbed a three-run homer against left-hander Jonathan Sanchez(notes) in the second — that's what got Nolan all pumped (with former First Lady Laura Bush looking on) — and Hamilton added a solo shot in the fourth.
Lewis was dynamite over 7 2/3 innings — allowing two runs and five hits — and Rangers manager Ron Washington discovered Feliz for the first time in the Series and he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Lewis told Fox TV's Ken Rosenthal:
"It's your job. You've got to go out and perform. We had to shut the door tonight and I was just fortunate to go out and command the strike zone.
"I was really excited to come back home."
Ryan earlier fired a 68-mph ceremonial first pitch to Pudge Rodriguez, but the Rangers victory really must have got him fired up.