The Rangers unexpectedly had the opportunity to take a four-game series against the Red Sox this weekend with a win today. This didn’t appear in the cards before the series began as, after all, the Red Sox came into today’s contest as the only team in the American League with at least 17 wins and Texas is in the cellar in the American League West.
Nevertheless, the Rangers won two of the first three games to set up a finale to decide whether or not they’d secure a winning homestand.
Mike Foltynewicz did his part. The Rangers starter went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts. By the time he exited, however, the Rangers trailed 2-1 with Boston moving their lead to 3-1 by the top of the seventh.
Texas got to within a run a half inning later and then produced one of the most exciting rallies of the season in the bottom of the eighth as they scored three runs to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Fittingly, it was former Red Sox fan favorite Brock Holt that smacked the eventual game-winning two run single.
With the win, the Rangers claimed that series victory over Boston and enjoy a 4-3 homestand.
Player of the Game: Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit his second homer in as many days — his career-high fifth dong — and went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI as the recently-awarded Gold Glover has dragged his average back up to .277 after a slump during the second half of April.
Up Next: The Rangers will travel up to Minnesota to begin a four-game set against the Twins. RHP Dane Dunning will make the start for Texas in the opener against RHP Kenta Maeda for Minnesota. Monday’s first pitch from Target Field is scheduled for 6:40 pm CT.