Danny Santana was scared.

Not before his game-ending tapper to the mound that Texas closer Joakim Soria bobbled for an error, but just after the Twins had stolen away with a 4-3 walk-off win Tuesday at Target Field.

That's when the rookie speedster spotted rally-starter Oswaldo Arcia racing out of the home dugout with a convoy of jubilant teammates behind him.

"Arcia is big," Santana said with wide eyes. "He picked me up."

Eduardo Nunez was surprised.

Not that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre cleanly fielded Kurt Suzuki's chopper with two down in the ninth, but that the four-time Gold Glove award winner spun in Nunez's direction as he ran from second base.

"I was looking to run hard to home plate because I expected him to throw the ball to first base," said Nunez, who had tied the score moments earlier with a line-drive single that scored Arcia from second. "I had the angle already, so when he tried to tag me, I was surprised."

Ron Washington was shocked.

The Rangers manager thought for sure Beltre would make the throw across the diamond and send the game into extra innings after the first blown save in nine chances for Soria.