I mean, if the Rangers were going to lose 16 consecutive games on the road, they might as well end the skid by embarrassing Trevor Bauer.
That was cathartic. The terrible, no good, very bad road losing streak is dead and the Rangers accomplished it but putting six runs on the reigning NL Cy Young winner and six more total on the defending champs afterward.
The victory was Texas’ first away from The Shed since they picked up a 4-3 win in Minnesota back on May 6.
Ultimately the Rangers were able to score two runs apiece in the third, fourth, and seventh innings off Bauer and kept Los Angeles at bay until they finally scored on a AJ Pollock solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
After Bauer had vacated, the Rangers piled on two more runs in the top of the eighth and then put up a four spot in the top of the ninth to bury Los Angeles.
Joey Gallo had two hits and reached four times. Nate Lowe had three hits, including a two-run dong in the top of the ninth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and three stolen bases. Adolis Garcia and Jason Martin collected two hits apiece with Garcia driving in two runs and Martin providing the ninth inning inning capper with his first career big league home run, a two-run shot.
But the star at the dish tonight was Jonah Heim.
The rookie catcher had perhaps the biggest hit of the evening as his two-run blast off Bauer in the top of the fourth gave the Rangers a bit of a cushion on the scoreboard when the game was still in doubt. He wasn’t done, either, as he produced two additional hits, including an eighth inning double that sparked a late-inning insurance rally.
Overall, the maligned Rangers offense had 17 hits — nine of which went for extra bags — and the twelve runs set a new season high for Texas.
Player of the Game: You could give this to any number of Rangers tonight but for the purpose of this accolade in the effort to avoid another road loss, it has to go to starter Kolby Allard.
Matching up against Bauer, Allard was stretched to his limit from his recent return to the rotation but his 91 pitches got the Rangers through five scoreless innings while the bats were building a 4-0 lead that eventually grew out of hand.
Overall, Allard allowed zero runs on five hits, a walk, and four strikeouts to pick up his first win since he took Kohei Arihara’s spot in the rotation in late May.
Up Next: The Rangers will close out this series with a chance for a series win with RHP Dane Dunning tasked with outdueling RHP Walker Buehler for the Dodgers. Sunday’s finale from Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 3:10 pm CT.