Rangers, Astros brace for high-stakes series

Regardless of a stretch that has seen them win simply 4 instances of their previous 16 video games, the Texas Rangers enter Monday’s opener of their large three-game Lone Star Sequence with the Houston Astros in Arlington, Texas, with somewhat additional hop of their step.

Give Adolis Garcia loads of credit score for that.

Garcia, who had struck out in all 4 of his earlier at-bats and entered Sunday within the midst of a 15-for-92 (.163) stretch, hit a walk-off house run main off the underside of the ninth inning to present the Rangers a much-needed 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Garcia’s thirty fourth homer of the season snapped a three-game shedding streak for Texas.

The Rangers (76-60) and Astros (77-61) will enter the collection tied for second place within the American League West, one recreation behind the Seattle Mariners. Each groups maintain a 1 1/2-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays for an AL wild-card spot.

“An enormous win, clearly,” Texas supervisor Bruce Bochy stated of Sunday’s victory. “These are video games that have not gone our manner. … We have been via lots and we have had loads of baseball, however that is one I assumed that we actually, actually wanted. A giant win for us.”

It was the AL-leading one hundredth RBI of the season for Garcia. His 34 homers rank third behind Shohei Ohtani (44) of the Angels and Luis Robert Jr. (35) of the White Sox.

“You strike out 4 instances, that is loads of stress on you, particularly whenever you’re up there with two strikes,” Bochy stated. “I am positive the stress was mounting, and he isn’t feeling good about his day at that time, however he obtained ahold of 1. Good for him, good for us, and once more, that is one of many largest house runs we have had all 12 months.”

Garcia’s homer took the highlight away from teammate Mitch Garver, who had his fourth profession four-hit recreation, together with two house runs and 4 RBIs.

“It has to,” Garver stated when requested if the walk-off win meant greater than profitable 12-0. “We’ve got a giant collection arising right here.”

Left-hander Andrew Heaney (9-6, 4.16 ERA), who went 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in six August begins, will begin the collection opener for the Rangers and be opposed by rookie right-hander J.P. France (10-5, 3.49).

Heaney is 4-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 profession begins in opposition to Houston. He’s 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three begins in opposition to Houston this season, permitting simply 9 hits and three runs over 15 innings whereas putting out 15 in these contests.

France received his solely profession begin in opposition to Texas on July 25, permitting one unearned run on 5 hits over seven innings whereas putting out three.

The Astros limp into the competition after getting swept in a three-game collection by the New York Yankees for the primary time since Sept. 27-29, 2013. The Yankees accomplished the sweep with a 6-1 win on Sunday evening at Minute Maid Park.

“That was powerful to take, particularly with the variety of Yankee followers in our stadium,” Houston supervisor Dusty Baker stated. “You may’t fret over it now as a result of we solely have just a few hours to recover from this one and a troublesome collection in Texas.”

—Area Degree Media