ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Texas Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore just had a feeling.
The 72-year-old wily veteran of the coaching staff turned to manager Ron Washington and said he wanted to pitch out with B.J. Upton at first base and a 1-2 count on Evan Longoria with the Rangers clinging to a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
Reliever Mike Adams had thrown over to first six times during the at-bat, and Moore thought Upton was ready to go.
"If I was on the other side, I'd be running too," Moore said. "I guessed right. That's a big part of their offense. You never know when, but this time we were right."
Catcher Mike Napoli -- whose bat, glove and arm were all over the outcome of the game -- threw a strike to second base to get Upton. The play stalled the Rays' momentum and was just one in a series of critical decisions that defined the 4-3 victory that moved the Rangers within a win of advancing to their second consecutive American League Championship Series.
"I can tell you, I was a nervous wreck," Rangers CEO and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan said. "That's probably as stressful a game as I've sat through."