The return to the rotation for tonight’s starter Kohei Arihara might have been premature as he didn’t have it tonight. Arihara allowed five Mariners runs in 3 2⁄3 innings and left with Texas trailing 5-1.
But then Joey Gallo came to the rescue with a couple of dingers and we were suddenly in for a wild one which saw Texas come all the way back in the middle innings, have a Kyle Seager-ing almost choke them out later, start a rally led by Khris Davis making his Rangers’ debut, and then eventually a crooked number late barely held up by mere inches as Texas came away with the win when the dust settled.
With the victory, the Rangers will once again have a shot at .500 tomorrow and, if they’re able to make the climb, they’ll also enjoy a series win over Seattle.
Player of the Game: Gallo’s back, you say, but I say he never left.
Of note, Adolis Garcia reclaimed the team lead in homers with his eighth of the season tonight. His eighth inning solo blast tied the game before the Rangers plated their final two insurance runs, the second of which they would need.
In the ninth, Garcia misplayed a blooper that leaked over into left field which allowed the eighth Mariner run to score but he recovered to throw out the tying run at the plate to conclude one of the most exciting games in recent memory.
Up Next: The Rangers and Mariners close out this series with a rubber match where RHP Dane Dunning will make the start for Texas against LHP Justus Sheffield for Seattle. Sunday’s matinee finale from The Shed is scheduled for 1:35 pm CT.