The Texas Rangers spoiled home field advantage for the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers exploded for 11 runs to beat the Os 11-8 to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five American League Division Series headed to Texas.
The Batting order for the Texas Rangers spent the season being one of the best in the league. They showed it yesterday in Baltimore with their performance.
The game started with the Orioles Starting pitcher Grayson Rodriguez getting himself into a jam: a lead off hit and a walk lead to two runners on with nobody out.
However, Rodriguez was able to get two out before loading the bases with a walk. In the end, Rodriguez was able to get out of the inning by getting to pop Jonah Heim. Traffic on the basepaths didn’t stop in the top half of the first either. The Orioles forced their own bases loaded jam for Rangers starter Jordan Montgomery. However, the Os were able to capitalize it with a two-run double from Aaron Hicks to open the scoring.
From that point, the Rangers’ offense showed out in a big way. They would score five runs in the top of the second to chase Rodrigues out of the game. Leody Taveras was able to hit a two-run double of his own to tie the game. From there, RBIs hit by Mitch Garver, Adolis Garcia and Heim made up the half inning.
In the top of the third inning, the revolving door of relievers for the Orioles stared, and Texas was able to capitalize. A dagger into the hearts of Baltimore fans in attendance was a grand slam from Gardner to make it 9-2. From then on, The Orioles were able get some rung on the board of their own. Most notably, two home runs were provided by Hicks and Gunnar Henderson. The Os put up 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth. but it was far from enough.
The Texas Rangers now head home, needing just one more win to advance to their first ALCS since 2011.