December 5, 2023


Rangers slugger Adolis Garcia celebrates after hitting his game-winning house run within the eleventh inning of Sport 1 of the World Collection on Friday night time in in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adolis García took a number of steps whereas watching the ball earlier than tossing his bat apart after one other massive swing this postseason. This one received an prolonged Sport 1 of the World Collection for the Texas Rangers.

As soon as his drive cleared the right-field wall within the backside of the eleventh, two innings after Corey Seager’s tying two-run homer, García thrust his proper arm excessive into the air as he began a trot across the bases that ended with him being mobbed at house plate — and a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to begin this shock World Collection of wild-card groups Friday night time.

“He’s on one other planet,” Rangers rookie Josh Jung mentioned. “Each time he steps into the field it’s like, seize your popcorn. … I’ve no phrases. It’s similar to, wow.”

Miguel Castro entered to face García with one out, and the Cuban slugger often known as El Bombi drove a 3-1 sinker the opposite means into the second row of seats past a leaping Corbin Carroll. It was García’s second RBI of the sport, setting a report for many in a single postseason with 22.

García has homered in 5 consecutive video games, tied for the second-longest streak in postseason historical past, and he delivered the primary walk-off homer within the World Collection since Max Muncy related main off the 18th inning of Sport 3 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 in opposition to Boston and Nathan Eovaldi — who began for the Rangers on this one.

“It was an thrilling second,” García mentioned. “I used to be simply trying to the dugout, all my (completely satisfied) teammates.”

García, the AL Championship Collection MVP, additionally had an RBI single within the first following rookie Evan Carter’s run-scoring double. He completed with three hits and reached base 5 instances.

He was hit on the left hand by a 92 mph fastball within the ninth however shook it off and promptly stole second base.

“I received fortunate that it’s nothing worse,” García mentioned.

Within the first extra-inning recreation of this postseason, Texas grew to become the primary staff to win a World Collection recreation when trailing by a number of runs within the ninth because the 2015 Kansas Metropolis Royals of their clinching Sport 5 in opposition to the New York Mets.

Sport 2 is Saturday night time in Texas, with Merrill Kelly scheduled to pitch for Arizona in opposition to Jordan Montgomery.

Seager tied it within the ninth when he drove nearer Paul Sewald’s fastball deep into the right-field stands with one out after the inning started with No. 9 hitter Leody Taveras drawing a stroll.

“Everybody simply began leaping for pleasure,” García mentioned. “We had been in a position to exhale.”

Usually fairly stoic, Seager had one other emphatic present of emotion this postseason, instantly turning and yelling towards the dugout with the ball headed for the seats. He thrust each arms into the air when he rounded first base.

“He may need turned it up a notch, to be sincere. He saved us there,” Rangers supervisor Bruce Bochy mentioned. “You’ll be able to see it in him. He will get everyone fired up.”

José Leclerc retired all six batters he confronted for the win, and 5 Texas relievers mixed for six 1/3 scoreless innings.

The blown save for Sewald, first in seven probabilities this postseason, was the primary evident blip for a Diamondbacks bullpen that’s been sensible in October.

“It’s irritating. That is how the sport goes generally. And we’ve received to discover a method to be resilient and adaptable and are available out with a clear thoughts and do our greatest,” Arizona supervisor Torey Lovullo mentioned. “I’ve each cause to imagine we are going to. We’ve performed it so much this yr.”

Seager’s tying shot was much like the solo homer he hit in Sport 7 of the ALCS at Houston 4 nights earlier, and the response was as properly. That one put the Rangers forward to remain within the collection clincher, with the All-Star shortstop giving a large hand slap to 3rd base coach Tony Beasley and leaping within the dugout together with his teammates.

“Very emotional instances. He hit these balls so onerous. If I did that, I’d be screaming, too,” Texas second baseman Marcus Semien mentioned.

“That is enjoyable. That is playoffs. That is form of what it’s all about,” Seager mentioned. “It was a cool second, for positive.”

Sport 1 of the World Collection went to further innings for the second yr in a row — which had by no means occurred. Not like the common season, there aren’t any automated runners positioned at second base to begin further innings within the postseason.

Arizona had a 4-3 lead after Tommy Pham hit a tiebreaking homer main off the fourth. An inning later, Ketel Marte’s RBI double matched a report by stretching his postseason hitting streak to 17 video games. Marte is the one participant to get successful in every of his first 17 postseason video games.

Carroll hit a two-run triple for the Diamondbacks and dashed house on Marte’s grounder within the third. Texas tied it within the backside half when Zac Gallen walked Mitch Garver with the bases loaded.

Gallen made it via 5 innings with a gritty effort for Arizona after the NL All-Star starter trailed 2-0 solely 4 batters into the sport. He equaled his season excessive with 4 walks.

Ryan Thompson, Joe Mantiply and Kevin Ginkel every pitched a scoreless inning earlier than Sewald entered.

Two seasons after each groups misplaced greater than 100 video games, the Diamondbacks and Rangers are matched up within the third all-wild card World Collection — and first since 2014.

These runnin’ Diamondbacks had 4 stolen bases, and their 20 this postseason are probably the most by any staff because the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays set the report with 24. Arizona even had fairly a rarity in its three-run third inning, when it had a sacrifice bunt, a triple and a stolen base.

Eovaldi’s eight strikeouts had been probably the most by a Texas pitcher in a World Collection recreation, however the massive right-hander allowed 5 runs over 4 2/3 innings after giving up solely 5 runs whole whereas successful his first 4 begins this postseason.

Each groups received this far after having to win Video games 6 and seven of their respective League Championship Collection on the highway, which had by no means occurred in each LCS matchups since these collection expanded to a best-of-seven format in 1985.

“It’s going to be a very good collection,” García mentioned.


Evan Longoria’s single for Arizona within the third matched his hit whole within the 2008 World Collection, when as a rookie with the Rays he completed 1 for 20. He grew to become the primary place participant in MLB historical past to seem in a World Collection 15 years after first enjoying within the Fall Traditional. He additionally grew to become the fourth participant with a World Collection hit at each age 23 or youthful AND 38 or older. The others: Eddie Murray, Pee Wee Reese and Willie Mays.


García’s walk-off homer got here 12 years to the day after David Freese hit a game-ending shot within the eleventh inning for the St. Louis Cardinals in opposition to Texas in Sport 6 of the 2011 World Collection. That was the sport when Texas was twice inside one strike of successful the title earlier than Freese tied the sport with a two-out triple within the ninth. Freese had 21 RBIs that postseason, the report García broke.


Kelly, a 35-year-old right-hander, is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three postseason begins.

Montgomery pitches for the Rangers on regular relaxation after the left-hander threw 2 1/3 innings Monday in reduction to win Sport 7 of the ALCS in opposition to Houston. The 30-year-old trade-deadline acquisition and pending free agent is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA this postseason.