The Rangers built a 7-6 lead over the Rays without any home runs, which seemed somewhat odd since they finished second in the American League this season with 210 round-trippers, relying all season on big (and surprising) boppers like Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli.
Mitch Moreland changed all that in the bottom of the eighth, when he deposited one of Brandon Gomes' fastballs over the right-field fence for a solo homer. This was only the second time Moreland had faced Gomes, and the first time he performed this impressive feat of strength:
Moreland's home run tonight didn't travel as far, but it meant a lot more. Gomes did eventually escape the eighth with no more damage, but the Rangers' two-run lead looks a lot better than a one-run lead as the Rangers head into the ninth inning, looking to draw even in this best-of-five series.