Monday, December 11, 2023

Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers to level series

Evan Longoria (right) set a record for the longest gap between World Series appearances for a position player (non-pitcher) – 15 years, becoming AL Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008

The Arizona Diamondbacks evened the World Series at 1-1, defeating the Texas Rangers 9-1 after a stellar outing from starting pitcher Merrill Kelly.

The visitors took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning before Mitch Garver answered with a solo home run for Texas.

But while Kelly was mostly hitless, the visitors continued to add more runs against the Rangers’ bullpen.

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Arizona, with the game in Phoenix on Monday night (00:00 GMT Tuesday).

In contrast to the previous night’s matchup, the game began with a pitching duel as both sides struggled to put men on in the early going, but the D-backs broke the deadlock when Gabriel Moreno homered and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in a run. by Tommy Pham.

The Rangers didn’t register a hit against Kelly until the bottom of the fourth at Globe Life Field, though Garver’s homer in the fifth cut the lead in half.

But the Diamondbacks pulled ahead in the seventh with a rally led by veteran infielder Evan Longoria, who scored Alek Thomas to make it 3-1, as Texas pulled their starter Jordan Montgomery, but it wasn’t good. in a series of relievers. .

Longoria advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt and was then struck out by Corbin Carroll as the Diamondbacks continued to put on baserunners.

Kelly left after giving up three hits, no walks and striking out nine batters in seven solid innings, securing his side’s head back to the desert on level terms.

The runs kept coming for Arizona as Ketel Marte extended his postseason hitting streak to 18 games to set a new MLB record, while Carroll and Emmanuel Rivera drove in more runs to make the score look more lopsided.

Game 1: Texas 6-5 Arizona Game 5 (Arizona): Wednesday Nov. 1
Game 2: Texas 1-9 Arizona Game 6* (Texas): Friday Nov. 3
Game 3 (Arizona): Mon Oct. 30 Game 7* (Texas): Sat Nov 4
Game 4 (Arizona): Tuesday, Oct. 31 *if necessary
Tommy Pham (left) followed up his home run in game one by collecting four hits from four plate appearances in game two.
The Texas Rangers Players Seemed Saddened By The Game In The Game
The Rangers struggled at the plate most of the night, and now have successful form on the road at Arizona’s Chase Field for games three, four and five.
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