Blast off with the top Rangers HRs of the 2010s

December 27th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have long been known for their home run hitters, and their lineups over the past decade were loaded with guys who could hit the ball out of the ballpark.

So it stands to reason that they have hit some big home runs during a decade in which they won four American League West titles and two AL pennants.

It’s true. Here are 10 to remember:

1. Cruz’s grand walk-off
Oct. 10, 2011

Batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning, hit a grand slam off Detroit's Ryan Perry to give the Rangers a 7-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series. The blast gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.

2. Hamilton almost makes history
Oct. 27, 2011

This should have been the biggest home run in Rangers history. gave Texas a 9-7 lead with a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series against the Cardinals. The Rangers were three outs away from their first championship ever. We all know how that turned out.

3. Hamilton’s four home runs
May 8, 2012

Josh Hamilton tied a Major League record with four home runs in one game over the course of a 10-3 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. No. 4 came in the eighth inning against Baltimore reliever Darren O’Day, who, at one point, was Hamilton’s teammate in Texas.

4. Mazara hits the longest ever
June 21, 2019

’s home run against the White Sox was the first and only ever measured over 500 feet at Globe Life Park. In a 5-4 loss, Statcast had it at 505 feet with an exit velocity of 109.7 mph off Reynaldo López.

5. Thrice for Beltré
Oct. 4. 2011

hit three home runs to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Rays in Game 4, thereby wrapping up the 2011 AL Division Series. The third home run came off Matt Moore to lead off the seventh inning, and it ended up serving as the winning margin to advance the Rangers to the ALCS.

6. Profar’s debut
Sept. 2, 2012

made his Major League debut on Sept. 2, 2012, against the Indians and hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat. Profar was just 19 when he went deep in the Rangers' 8-3 victory at Progressive Field. He was the first Rangers player to hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat.

7. Gallo’s All-Star home run
July 9, 2019

In his first ever All-Star Game at-bat, hit a home run off Giants left-hander Will Smith. The home run for the AL came in the seventh inning, and it ended up serving as the winning margin for the 4-3 victory.

8. Molina’s clutch blast
Oct. 19, 2010

The pivotal game of the 2010 ALCS was Game 4 in New York. The Rangers had a 2-1 lead in the series but trailed, 3-2 ,in the sixth inning before hit a three-run homer to put them ahead. Texas went on to a 10-3 victory.

9. Beltré's division winner
Oct. 4, 2015

The Rangers needed a win on the final day of the 2015 season to clinch the AL West. They trailed, 2-1, into the fifth inning against the Angels, but Adrián Beltré put them ahead with a two-run home run off starter Garrett Richards. The Rangers clinched with a 9-2 victory.

10. Moreland walk-off
July 30, 2016

The Rangers, leading the AL West, played before a sellout crowd at Globe Life Park on a Saturday night right before the Trade Deadline. ’s 10th-inning home run gave them a huge 2-1 victory en route to another division title.