Just in case anyone ever tries to tell you that baseball makes even a little sense ever, the Rangers followed up a series loss to the White Sox with a series win against the Yankees.
Tonight’s series-clincher was a back-and-forth slugfest that felt like a game from a bygone era of Texas Rangers baseball.
Texas trailed 3-0 after an inning, 4-0 after three innings, took a 5-4 lead with a five run outburst in the fourth, trailed again 10-5 after four and a half innings, 10-7 after five innings, and finally took the lead for good after scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-10.
Texas finally grabbed an insurance run in the ninth to make it the eventual 12-10 final score.
It was wild.
Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman homered in the same game for the first time in their career which is noteworthy for those of us who first heard those names in July 2011. Perhaps more noteworthy, both home runs came off lefty starter CC Sabathia for the young left-handed hitters. Guzman has now homered in three straight games.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jurickson Profar were two more hitting heroes for Texas as IKF went 2-for-4 with a bases loaded walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs.
Profar also had two hits and drove in three runs. The three runs came on a two-out, three-run double that gave Texas their lead. For Profar, it was his eighth (!) game-winning RBI of the season which is the best in baseball.
Player of the Game: Every member of the lineup had a hit except for three of them and I bet you probably could have guessed that the three who didn’t were Rougned Odor, Ryan Rua and Carlos Perez. So, pick anyone except for them.
Up Next: The Rangers welcome the Kansas City Royals to Texas for a four-game series. Austin Bibens-Dirkx will be called up to make the start in tomorrow night’s opener against LHP Danny Duffy for KC. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.