A two-out, three run home run off the bat of 2021’s eventual American League Rookie of the Year Adolis Garcia prevented the Rangers from losing their seventh game in seven tries on Fridays this season.
The hats are still ugly, though.
Player of the Game: I mean, it’s El Bombi Garcia, of course.
However, a nod must go to Kyle Gibson for tossing six innings of one-run ball before leaving with Texas up 4-1. The Rangers’ top starter allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out four Astros and he should have earned his fourth win of the season but the bullpen couldn’t hang on before Garcia’s heroics in extras.
Gibson has been one of the league’s best starters and now sits just behind Tyler Glasnow at 7th in the AL in fWAR (1.2). His ERA of 2.24 ranks third in the AL and is made all the more amazing when you consider that he allowed five runs in 1⁄3 of an inning to begin his campaign on Opening Day.
Up Next: The Rangers will look to make it two in a row with RHP Jordan Lyles set to make the start for Texas against RHP Lance McCullers for Houston. Saturday’s first pitch from Globe Life Field is scheduled for an earlier time at 3:05 pm CT.