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Rangers feed on energy of crowd

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers clubhouse was buzzing with kudos for the crowd, the largest in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A total of 52,419 watched Game 3 of the World Series. And they were loud.

"It's great playing in front of the home crowd," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "You go from San Francisco and it's always tough to play on the road. Everyone is more comfortable at home. We enjoy playing here and the crowd has been great for us."

The fans had white towels and waved them for a national TV audience. They cheered wildy from the player introductions to Mitch Moreland's homer to Neftali Feliz's final strike to seal the game.

"The fans were electric [Saturday]," Jeff Francoeur said. "With two outs in the ninth inning, it got louder than it did even when we beat the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS. It helps to have Nolan throw to Pudge. Not many teams have a guy with a leg kick like Nolan does and try to throw 90 on the first pitch. It was a huge win for us."

The win guarantees that home crowd will see two more World Series games in Arlington with Game 4 tonight and Game 5 on Monday.

"We wanted to get back home," Washington said. "We felt comfortable here.We knew we could finally put a good game together and we did."