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Rangers Win Game 3, Complete Sweep of Orioles

The Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Tuesday night, leading to a three-game sweep of the No. 1 seed.

Game Headlines

A combination of heavy hitting and precise pitching allowed the Rangers to open a early lead, in which they never let up.

Having a single loss determine the difference between AL West champions and a wild card position, the Rangers have bounced back and dominated the postseason. The Orioles, on the other hand, saw a successful regular season come to a bitter end.

Corey Seager’s proving he’s well worth the 10-year, $325 million deal the Rangers signed him to just two years ago. Starting off right, Seager homered into the right-field seats during his first at-bat. That momentum would carry over for the Rangers into the second inning, where they would score five runs and go up 6-0. With the bases loaded, Mitch Garver hit a two-run double, before being followed by a three-run home run by Adolis Garcia.

The rest of the way was smooth sailing for the Rangers.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched through seven innings, throwing 76 out of his 98 pitches for strikes. He also didn’t allow any walks and only gave up a singular run all night.

Jose Leclerc came in for Aroldis Chapman to close out the game after Chapman gave up a single and two outs.

Nathaniel Lowe also homered for Texas in the sixth, which was its final score of the game.

For the Orioles, Dean Kremer pitched for less than two full innings, which marked his shortest outing of the season. Giving up six early runs, Tyler Wells took over in the second and a variety of others would eventually rotate in.

Jordan Westburg scored the only run for Baltimore at the hands of an RBI from Gunnar Henderson.

What’s Next?

The Rangers await the result of Houston and Minnesota, having to go on the road regardless.

Holding the tiebreaker over the Rangers, the Astros bested them to win the AL West despite both teams holding identical records.

An American League Championship Series could see these two ballclubs face off once again with much higher stakes.

Baltimore’s season ended with disappointment after a 101-win regular season.

Despite the sweep, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde found a bright side in the loss.

“We have a lot of guys who have never been to the postseason before,” Hyde said. “It’s going to take a while for us to get over this a little bit. But I think our guys will come in hunting and hungry in spring training.”

The Orioles will begin spring training at the end of February in Sarasota, Florida.

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