At some point, around the the third inning with Texas trailing the Brewers 3-0, the Rangers realized that they are a good team who should be able to beat a 4th place team from the National League at least once with important playoff positioning on the line.
Perhaps it was deft bullpen management from the skipper tonight that proved the difference with A.J. Griffin laboring through his 4+ innings. The maligned bullpen tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with Alex Claudio cleaning up for Griffin and then Tony Barnette, Keone Kela, and Matt Bush each tossing a scoreless inning before Sam Dyson came in for his usual nailbiter of a save.
For Barnette, it was his first action in nearly a month.
You could also award this win to a duo of former Brewers coming through for Texas tonight, as the Rangers were able to erase that 3-0 deficit and win by the final score of 6-4. Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez spent the majority of their big league careers in Milwaukee and tonight they drove in five of the Rangers' six runs.
The Cleveland Indians lost 12-0 tonight to drop a game and a half back of the Rangers in the American League standings and the Boston Red Sox lost for the first time in 12 games to fall a half game back of Texas.
With Boston's loss, the Rangers also assured themselves the tiebreaker for home field throughout the playoffs should the Rangers and Red Sox end the season with the same record.
Player of the Game: Man, Gomez has been really good as a Texas Ranger and Jon Daniels is a wizard. Tonight, down 3-0, with the Rangers hitless against an effectively wild Jimmy Nelson, Gomez got the Rangers' first hit with two runners on base who had reached via bases on balls. Gomez's hit landed in the second deck in left field to tie the game 3-3 and put the Rangers on the path to victory.
Up Next: The Rangers and Brewers close out the latest chapter of their storied rivalry with Cole Hamels taking the hill for Texas against Milwaukee's RHP Chase Anderson. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.