Houston continued to pour runs on Texas with its dominant 10-3 win in Game 4, which evened the series at two games apiece. The Rangers turn to Jordan Montgomery to shut down the Astros lineup, like he did in Game 1 of the series. Meanwhile, the Astros will counter Montgomery’s appearance with their own ace — Justin Verlander.
The Diamondbacks got their first win of the series in Game 3 Thursday, 2-1, thanks to 5.2 shutout innings from starter Brandon Pfaadt and a walk-off single from Ketel Marte. As for Game 4, Arizona is expected to send Joe Mantiply to the mound, while Philadelphia counters with Cristopher Sanchez.
Here are the top plays from the day!
Montgomery induced back-to-back first-pitch outs to begin the game, but then Alex Bregman smacked a solo home run to left field for Houston.
Verlander tossed a 1-2-3 first inning for Houston.
Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena made a diving play on a ground ball to his left, got up and made the throw over to first base for the final out in the bottom half of the second.
Saved an extra-base hit
Bregman punched out a fly ball to right-center field to lead off the top half of the fourth, but Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia was able to get under it.
Texas evened up the score at one run apiece in the bottom of the fifth when Nathaniel Lowe hit an opposite field home run to left.
Just put it in play …
With runners on the corners in the top of the sixth, Jose Abreu hit a hard ground ball to shortstop, but Corey Seager wasn’t able to keep it in front of him and a run scored. Kyle Tucker then drew a walk, loading the bases. Texas relieved Montgomery for Josh Sborz.
After Sborz drew a shallow fly ball, which kept the runner at third, second baseman Marcus Semien made a superb diving play on a ground ball to his right, getting the Rangers out of the inning with only one runner crossing the plate. Houston led 2-1.
Texas got two runners on base in the bottom half of the sixth, and then Garcia turned the tables on Houston. On the first pitch that he saw, Garcia got under a Verlander fastball and hit it into the left field seats for a 3-run homer. Texas took a 4-2 lead, and the long ball knocked Verlander out of the game.
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