There will be a Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.
The Texas Rangers continued the “road-field advantage” trend of this ALCS, beating the Houston Astros 9-2 in Minute Maid Park on Sunday. The lopsided final score belied a tense game throughout, only blown open in the top of the ninth as Game 5 focal point Adolis Garcia hit a line-drive grand slam to put this one out of reach.
Mitch Garver also had a clutch game, with three hits including a key solo home run and RBI double. Jonah Heim added a two-run home run off Framber Valdez to give the Rangers a lead they would never relinquish
Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi maintained his reputation as a big-game pitcher, allowing just two runs on five hits over 6.1 solid inning to keep his team alive. Josh Sborz and Jose Leclerc worked into and out of jams to preserve the lead before Garcia’s game-sealing slam.
Game 7 of the 2023 ALCS will take place Monday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App.
Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros (HOU leads series 3-2)
Astros fans make their displeasure known
Bryan Abreu’s pending two-game suspension for hitting Adolis Garcia in Game 5 has Astros fans feeling a certain type of way.
Álvarez gets Astros on the board
Yordan Álvarez continued his hot hitting against Nathan Eovaldi, with an RBI single in the top of the first to score José Altuve for the game’s first run.
Yordan Álvarez hits an RBI single to give Astros an early lead over Rangers
Garver goes deep!
Mitch Garver wasted no time getting that run back, hitting the first pitch of the second inning into the right-field seats to tie the game at one.
Rangers’ Mitch Garver crushes a solo home run to even the score against the Astros
Check out the grab that this fan dressed in LSU gear made on Garver’s home run ball.
Jonah Heim’s skyscraping fly ball just barely cleared the right-field fence to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead, their first of the game.
Jonah Heim cranks a two-run home run to give Rangers the lead over Astros
Astros’ CRAZY home-road splits continue
Houston did not have a hit since the first inning as Nathan Eovaldi is through five one-run frames, as the Astros’ stunning offensive struggles at home continue.
Houston claws one back
The Astros finally got to Eovaldi again, pushing across another run in the sixth thanks to a Mauricio Dubón sacrifice fly to bring home Yordan Álvarez.
Neris gets out of the jam!
Hector Neris got Corey Seager to ground out in the top of the seventh with two runners on, keeping the Astros’ deficit at one run — and celebrated accordingly.
Sborz preserves the lead!
The bottom of the seventh was Josh Sborz’s turn to be fired up after a big play. After entering in relief for Eovaldi in the bottom of the seventh, he got Michael Brantley to ground into a double play with Alex Bregman and Yordan Álvarez on deck to maintain the Rangers’ one-run lead.
Josh Sborz gets Rangers out of seventh inning after Astros’ Michael Brantley grounds out into a double play
Abreu strikes out Garcia in the rematch
Just over 48 hours after their near-brawl may have played a huge role in the wild outcome of Game 5, Bryan Abreu — who is appealing his two-game suspension for hitting Adolis Garcia with a pitch — struck out the Rangers slugger.
Mitch Garver was having himself a game, as his RBI double gave the Rangers a key insurance run to make the score 4-2 in the eighth. It was Garver’s third hit of the game.
Mitch Garver hits an RBI double to extend Rangers’ lead over Astros
Rangers pull another huge escape!
Jose Leclerc walked Kyle Tucker to load the bases but got pinch-hitter Jon Singleton swinging to preserve the Rangers’ lead.
Rangers’ José Leclerc strikes out Astros’ Jon Singleton to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning
Rangers add another in painful fashion
After Texas loaded the bases with nobody out, the Rangers got their fifth run of the game after Ryne Stanek, newly in the game, hit Corey Seager with a pitch.
GARCIA IS GRAND
After getting booed all game due to his Game 5 home run, hit-by-pitch and bench-clearing incident, Adolis Garcia answered Astros fans in a big way — with a line-drive grand slam into the Crawford Boxes.
Adolis Garcia hits a GRAND SLAM to extend Rangers’ lead over Astros, 9-2
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