ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre had the game-winning hit on Monday night with a bases-loaded single that gave the Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Athletics. Lost in the postgame celebration was the face that Mitch Moreland started the rally.
He led off the inning with a single off reliever Tyson Ross before being replaced by pinch-runner Craig Gentry, who ended up scoring the winning run.
"I just wanted to get up there and make something happen ... get a pitch I could hit and get the bat on the ball," Moreland said. "I got a changeup and was able to get it through the infield and get us going."
Moreland is 4-for-8 in his last three games but is hitting .219 with no home runs and four RBIs in his last 23 games. He would like to start reversing that as the Rangers approach the playoffs. Moreland has appeared in 24 postseason games over the past two years, hitting .253 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.
"Every game I want to feel like I'm locking it in, whether it's postseason or not" Moreland said. "It would be nice if we all got clicking going into postseason. What this team is capable of doing, one through nine, is scary. If we can keep playing our style of baseball, we'll be in good shape."