Lance Lynn gave up a run in the first inning because the first inning is cursed for the Rangers.
The Rangers have been outscored in the first inning this year 44-18.— Adam J. Morris (@lonestarball) September 13, 2020
Derek Dietrich (remember him?) tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the second.
From then until the bottom of the sixth, these two teams traded zeros until Rougned Odor broke things open with a three-run homer.
Odor has homered in three consecutive games because the season is almost over and we must have hope that Rougned Odor has figured it all out or we have nothing.
With today’s victory, the Rangers ended up splitting this series with the A’s, in fact. That feels quite unexpected.
Player of the Game: While Rougie had the big hit — and even Jeff Mathis hit a two-run bomb — the Rangers probably aren’t even in this game to get to the point where Odor could hit the eventual game-winning dong without Lynn out there shoving.
Lynn finished the game with the following line:
7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BBs, 10 Ks - 110 pitches
Those ten strikeouts were a season-high for Lynn and he sat down 17 A’s in a row at one point during his afternoon. Lance Lynn is extremely good and I bet a playoff favorite like those Oakland A’s wish he had been pitching for them today. Imagine a pitcher like that being available. It’s crazy to consider.
Up Next: The Rangers have their final day off of the season tomorrow before opening up a series against the Astros at Minute Maid on Tuesday. Kyle Cody is expected to make the start for Texas while Houston has not yet named a starter. Tuesday first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT.