Rangers walk off for second straight day
Davis seals it with two-run home run in ninth, his 10th shot
ARLINGTON -- This time Chris Davis got to experience the feeling. This time he was the one who tossed his batting helmet across the diamond and frantically jumped high into the waiting mob of ecstatic teammates ready to greet him at home plate."It's awesome," Davis said afterward in a beer-soaked T-shirt. "It's awesome to be in the middle of that. It's fun when you're on the outside. But it's awesome to be in the middle and everybody jumping up on top of you." Davis found himself in that enviable position after smashing a 2-1 fastball from reliever Brandon Morrow into the bleachers in deep right-center to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Thursday afternoon. Matt Harrison picked up the victory with his second straight complete game even though he allowed two runs in the fourth inning to end his consecutive scoreless streak at 22 innings. For the second time in two days, the Rangers found themselves in a delirious impromptu celebration with their second straight walk-off victory. This time the Rangers trailed, 2-0, going into the ninth inning before pulling off a rally that allowed them to sweep the stunned Mariners. The last time they pulled off back-to-back, walk-off wins was from May 5-6, 2000. "That's what this team is made of," third baseman Michael Young said. "We never give in. We got to the ninth inning and found a way." "It's unbelievable but we definitely expect to win," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "That's what gets us through these games. We expect to win." The Rangers, with their third walk-off victory of the season, have now won 14 of their past 19 games. "Our psyche is already high but that just continues to reinforce what we're trying to do," manager Ron Washington said. "Play nine innings, keep it close and see what happens. We never think we're out of a ballgame. You keep going out there and getting people out, making plays and getting guys on the bags and you never know what will happen." The Rangers had managed just four hits in eight innings against Mariners starter Felix Hernandez and reliever David Aardsma. They were also just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. But all that changed in the ninth inning after Morrow came in to pitch. "The walk-off win is the best moment in baseball and this team -- from last year to this year -- is pretty good at it," outfielder David Murphy said. "It shows we never give up. The opposing pitchers may have eight good innings against us but that just means we still have three outs left and we're going to use every one of them." The Rangers won, 6-5, in 11 innings on Wednesday night with a two-run double by Hank Blalock against Morrow. On Thursday afternoon, Blalock started the winning rally with a leadoff home run against the Mariners' beleaguered closer, who was just activated off the disabled list on Saturday. "That's two days in a row these guys played their hearts out," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of his team. "You have to give their hitters credit, too. They have good hitters over there ... lot of threats on their side." Morrow did get Nelson Cruz to pop out, but Murphy kept the rally going with a double down the right-field line. That brought up Davis, who entered the game hitting .230 but had also hit four home runs in his previous nine games. He went to the plate looking for fastballs and that's all he saw. "Morrow throws a lot of fastballs," Davis said. "He threw a lot last night and a lot today. A guy who throws that hard, you're just looking for one pitch. I was just hoping to get one over the plate and put a good swing on it." Morrow did that. He threw four straight fastballs and the fourth one was up and over the plate. Davis crushed it to deep right-center and it disappeared three rows into the bleachers. "It's just an unbelievable feeling," Davis said. "I've been a part of so many moments with this team. We feel we can come through at any time. We're always coming through for each other and picking each other up. It just feels great to be the guy who comes through and picks them up."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.