Look at that, another game where it seemed like hey maybe the Rangers would win the baseball game but then they did not.
Up 2-0 after a two-run Isiah Kiner-Falefa dinger, and with Kolby Allard having a nice day on the mound, the fun was derailed when old team legend Nelson Cruz bopped a two-run blast of his own to tie the game.
With the score even, in the top of the seventh, newly elevated rotation hopeful but still reliever John King allowed the go-ahead and eventual game losing run with two walks, a stolen base, and a wild pitch.
Rallies in the eighth or ninth did not prove fruitful for Texas to assure a series loss this weekend. Allard deserved better, surely.
In his fourth start of the season, the former first round pick tossed six innings allowing just four hits with one of those unfortunately being the Cruz blast for the two runs on his ledger today. Allard walked one and struck out six in his longest start of the season so far.
Nevertheless, the Rangers have lost five in a row, 18 of their last 21 games, are 3-12 in June, and are now 20 games below .500.
Player of the Game: Other than Allard, Kiner-Falefa starred in this one in his bid to get people to notice that he exists. Other than the two-run home run that provided the only runs for Texas today, IKF also doubled to contribute six total bases to the cause.
Up Next: The Rangers will try to avoid getting swept with RHP Dane Dunning set to face off against RHP Kenta Maeda for the Twins. First pitch from Sunday’s series finale from The Shed is scheduled for 1:35 pm CT.