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Soto brings back that walk-off feeling

7/30/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- What does a walk-off home run celebration feel like?

The Rangers were reminded of it Monday night as catcher Geovany Soto saved the day -- and might have turned the season around -- with a two-out solo shot for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers had been 0-39 when trailing after eight innings before Monday night. They were trailing Angels 3-2 when A.J. Pierzynski changed the game with a leadoff home run to tie the game.

After a double-play ball by David Murphy, Soto worked the count full against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri and then crushed a fastball high into the night, watching it twist inside the left-field foul pole for the second walk-off home run of his career.

The Rangers' dugout spilled out to home plate and mobbed Soto as he reached his teammates. Let the celebration begin.

"You're dizzy," Soto said. "You don't know what's happening. It's great. It's a happy time."

Soto did an interesting thing right before he reached home plate, taking off his helmet and flipping it to center fielder Leonys Martin. Not unusual that he took his helmet off, but that Martin ended up with it -- that was different.

"I didn't want to hit anybody, so I threw it to Leonys," Soto said.

There's not a better feeling in baseball than a walk-off homer, even with the pain that comes with it.

"You hit a walk-off home run, it's the greatest feeling in the world, but you also walk out of those things sore for three days," Pierzynski said. "They beat the tar out of you down there. It's really fun. It's the best feeling you can have."