Rangers, Astros brace for high-stakes series

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Adolis Garcia deserves a lot of credit for that. | Agree to Disagree

Give Adolis Garcia a lot of credit for that.Garcia, who had struck out in all four of his previous at-bats and entered Sunday in the midst of a 15-for-92 (.163) stretch, hit a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers a much-needed 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins.Garcia’s 34th homer of the season snapped a three-game losing streak for Texas.

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(76-60) and Astros (77-61) will enter the series tied for second place in the American League West, one game behind the Seattle Mariners. Both teams have a one-and-a-half-game advantage over the Toronto Blue Jays in the race for an AL Wild-Card spot. “Those were games that didn’t go our way.” We’ve seen a lot, and played a lot of ball, but I felt that this was the one we needed. A big win for us. Garcia’s 100th RBI was AL-leading. He is third in the AL with 34 homers, behind Shohei Ahtani (44) and Luis Robert Jr. (35), both of the White Sox. Bochy said, “I know the pressure was building and he wasn’t feeling great about his day, but he managed to get one.” “Good for him, and good for us. That’s also one of our biggest home runs this year. “

Garcia’s homer stole the spotlight from Mitch Garver who had his fourth four-hit career game with two home runs and 4 RBIs. We have a major series here. “

Left-hander Andrew Heaney (9-6, 4.16 ERA), who went 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA in six August starts, will start the series 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 career starts against Houston. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts against Houston this season, allowing just nine hits and three runs over 15 innings while striking out 15 in those contests.France won his only career start against Texas on July 25, allowing one unearned run on five hits over seven innings while striking out three.

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limp into the contest after getting swept in a three-game series by the New York Yankees for the first time since Sept. 27-29, 2013. The Yankees won the series 6-1 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. You can’t worry about it because we have only a few minutes to move on from this and the tough series in Texas. “

-Field Level Media