Texas beats Baltimore for second straight ALDS win
Texas secured their second straight ALDS win with Garber’s grand slam, defeating Baltimore.
The Texas Rangers are one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series.
Texas defeated the Baltimore Orioles 11-8 in Game 2 of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) American League Division Series on Monday. It was their second straight win after taking Game 1 3-2 at the same venue the day before. Texas needs one win in the remaining three games to advance to the best-of-five series and win the league championship (best-of-seven) for the first time in 12 years.
Texas’ Game 2 victory was led by Mitch Garber (32). The designated hitter and No. 3 hitter hit a grand slam over the left field fence at Camden Yards off reliever Jacob Webb (30) with one out in the third inning with a 5-2 lead. Garber went 2-for-6 with a home run, 바카라사이트 five RBIs and two runs scored on the day.
Texas’ No. 2 hitter Corey Seager became the first player in Major League Baseball postseason history to go 5-for-5 in one game. Seager batted sixth and drew walks in the 1-2-3-5-9 innings. In the second and third innings, he walked and stole home. In the seventh, he flied out to center field.
Baltimore was led by Aaron Hicks (34), who went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide.
Texas finished the regular season in second place in the American League West (90-72) and the second wild-card spot (No. 5 seed). In the best-of-three wild-card series, they swept the No. 1 wild-card team (No. 4 seed), the Tampa Bay Rays, in two games (4-0, 7-1).
Texas took the first two games from Baltimore (101-61-1, No. 1 seed), the regular-season American League leader entering the division series. The Rangers have been on a roll this postseason, winning all four of their games in enemy territory.
Elsewhere in the American League Division Series, the Minnesota Twins (No. 3 seed) rallied from one game down to beat the Houston Astros (No. 2 seed) 6-2. Starting pitcher Pablo Lopez, 27, earned the win, allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings.
Designated hitter Carlos Correa, 29, led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance with three RBIs. Correa, who made his Major League debut in 2015 and played in Houston through 2021 before moving to Minnesota, now has 63 RBIs in postseason play (83 games), tying him with David Justice (formerly of the Atlanta Braves) for third place on the Fall Ball career RBI list. Bernie Williams (80 RBIs, former New York Yankees) is first, and Manny Ramirez (78 RBIs, former Boston Red Sox) is second.