Having lost two leads earlier in the game, lost two players to injuries and seemingly lost the tying run on a blown squeeze bunt, the Rangers still managed to score twice after they were down to their last strike on Tuesday to steal a 5-4 win from AL West rival Oakland.

No. 9 hitter Josh Wilson, whose error earlier in the game had helped Oakland take the lead, drove home the tying run with a two-out, two-strike double off the left field wall. It scored Leonys Martin, who reached first on the failed squeeze bunt that saw Mitch Moreland cut down at home. Martin then stole second.

After Wilson’s game-tying hit, Michael Choice, acquired from Oakland this winter, singled up the middle to score Wilson.

“They play baseball for nine innings,” manager Ron Washington said. “These guys just come to play. We were happy for Josh. The whole team is happy. He came through in a big situation. We kept fighting. We hung there. A lot of things went on in the ninth inning that helped us. There are a lot of amazing guys in that clubhouse. We’re going through a lot, but it doesn’t affect them. They just go out and play baseball.”

The win was the Rangers’ second consecutive one-run win over Oakland and clinched the three-game series against the A’s. It was also the Rangers’ seventh one-run win this season. They are tied with Pittsburgh for the most one-run wins in the majors.

This win, however, was one of the more unlikely one-run wins in, well, ever.

The Rangers started a rookie making his second major league start in Nick Martinez. Martinez lost a pair of leads early in the game. The Rangers lost their hottest hitter, Kevin Kouzmanoff, to a stiff back midway through the game. They lost the tying run on the ninth on a phantom bunt play.

And then everything changed.

The Rangers went to the ninth down a run because Oakland had taken advantage of Wilson’s inability to field a chopper to third base in the fourth. He had just replaced Kouzmanoff at third when John Jaso led off with a single and Josh Reddick followed with the chopper. The ball got under his glove and into left field and the A’s, who began the fourth trailing 4-3, had the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second. As is usually the case with Oakland, when it is given a gift opportunity, the A’s capitalized. They scored the tying run on a sac fly and the go-ahead run on Coco Crisp’s two-out single.