Unlike the first two games of this series, no team scored a bunch of runs early on as the AL West rivals decided to feel each other out in this one before a flurry of activity late made for an exciting back and forth finish.
Rangers’ starter Mike Foltynewicz was unscored upon through the first six innings before he ran into trouble in the top of the seventh. By that point, the Rangers were holding onto a 2-0 lead after a run apiece in the bottom of the fifth and sixth.
Oakland ended up slapping three runs on Folty and reliever Spencer Patton in the frame but Texas was able to rally to regain the lead in the bottom half of the seventh and Adolis Garcia provided some insurance in the bottom of the eight to secure at least a series tie against Oakland.
Jonah Heim opened the scoring against his old mates with an RBI double in the fifth. Nate Lowe hit a solo shot to tie the game in the seventh. Joey Gallo had a hit and two walks. And Eli White had two hits and scored the eventual winning run.
Player of the Game: El Bombi hit dingers No. 19th and No. 20 of the season (tied for fourth most in the bigs) as the Rangers’ surprise center fielder begins to heat up again after a bit of an early-June swoon.
Garcia’s 52 RBI is tied for sixth best in baseball with his 64 games tying him for fewest among those in the top ten.
Up Next: The Rangers and A’s will close out this series with LHP Kolby Allard set to make the start for Texas with a series win on the line against RHP Chris Bassitt for Oakland. The Thursday matinee finale first pitch from The Shed is scheduled for 1:05 pm CT.