On Dallas Stars night at The Shed, the Rangers staked starter Dane Dunning to a 5-1 lead heading into the sixth inning as it looked as though they would coast to victory and even the series.
However, reliever John King followed Dunning and had possibly his worst outing of the season as he gave up a run in the sixth and then three more in the seventh to allow the Tigers to tie the game.
Dunning did well as he was able to give Texas five innings of one-run ball with just one solo Jake Rogers homer on his ledger. Dunning walked one batter and also struck out six in an efficient 64 pitches tonight.
But just when it looked like the Rangers had blown their opportunity to get back in this series, the offense bounced back in the bottom of the seventh for three of their own led by a timely hit by red hot former Tiger John Hicks.
The Rangers added two more in the bottom of the eighth via solo shots from Brock Holt and Adolis Garcia to seal the deal.
Dunning probably deserved the W but I’m sure he’ll settle for the offense having his back and a series tie with a rubber match set for tomorrow afternoon.
Player of the Game: Home run Hicks did it again with his fourth dinger in three starts for the Rangers. Hicks also produced the aforementioned two-run single in the bottom of the seventh that gave the Rangers the lead and eventually the win.
Overall Hicks has at least two hits in each of his starts and drove in three runs tonight.
Up Next: The Rangers and Tigers conclude this series with RHP Kyle Gibson making his final start for Texas before becoming an All-Star against RHP Casey Mize for Detroit. First pitch in Wednesday’s finale from The Shed is scheduled for 1:05 pm CT.