OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ian Kinsler didn't think his long fly ball to left to start the eighth inning had a chance to go over the fence.
But Kinsler watched as the ball just cleared the out-of-town scoreboard in left to tie the score. Two batters later, Josh Hamilton gave the Rangers the lead with a line-drive homer to right.
"He's got a good fastball, and that's his strength," Kinsler said of Balfour. "He's gotten me out a handful of times. I was able to get on top of one and get enough. I didn't think it was going out. The ball wasn't going anywhere tonight. I didn't think I had enough."
It was Kinsler's 30th home run of the season, one shy of his career-high set in 2009. That was also the last time he had at least 30 homers and 30 stolen bases. Kinsler stole a base on Wednesday, his 25th straight steal, and needs four more to match his feat of a few years ago.
Kinsler became the first second baseman in the American League with 30 homers, 30 doubles, 100 runs and 80 walks in a single season. Impressive.