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Mike Napoli scores winner on close play

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The ending of the Rangers-Royals game was dramatic. No, it was crazy.

Mike Napoli, who scored the winning run on Sunday, described it best when he said, "Wow."

The Rangers rallied from 5-2 and 6-5 deficits to win 7-6.

The ninth inning came down to Elvis Andrus ripping a single past a diving Eric Hosmer at first. Napoli was running on the play and third base coach Dave Anderson gave him the green light to head home.

Hosmer's relay throw was behind catcher Brayan Pena, and that made him shift his feet away from the third-base line. Napoli could have knocked Pena down when the throw came, but instead slid on the open part of the plate. Pena's tag was high, allowing Napoli's feet to slide under it.

Plate umpire Mike Estabrook called Napoli safe and Pena slammed the ball down in protest. It also prompted Royals manager Ned Yost to jump out of the dugout, and there seemed to be a delayed celebration at the plate. But once the umpires trotted into the third-base dugout to their dressing room, the game was officially over.

"I was surprised Dave was waving me around," said Napoli, whose three-hit game included a fifth-inning home run. "It was a good play. You try to make something happen, and something good happens. I went in hard and safe. I was running hard and I didn't break stride I just saw him waving me. I thought he was going to put the stop sign on but I just kept going and I was safe."