Game 7 is Monday in Houston.
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, ALCS Game 6: Rangers 9, Astros 2 (Series tied 3-3)
The home team still hasn't won a game in this series.
The Astros went ahead in the first inning of Game 6, scoring a run on some singles and a walk. But Nathan Eovaldi shut them down from there, allowing just two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He's now 4-0 in this postseason.
Through eight innings, the Rangers plated four runs to the Astros' two, led mostly by Mitch Garver (more on that below). In the ninth, they made it so that the final score was not at all reflective of how tight Sunday's game really was.
A walk, fielding error, single and hit by pitch made it 5-2 before a single out had been recorded. Then Adolis García released all the frustration of the previous three games with a mammoth grand slam that ensured there would be a Game 7.
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In what was a close game until the very end, Mitch Garver contributed to the Rangers' first four runs on the night.
He got his team rolling in the second with a homer that prevented the Astros from really gaining momentum. In the fourth, he singled with two outs and then scored on Jonah Heim's home run that gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead.
In the eighth, Garver doubled in Evan Carter to make it 4-2 Rangers.
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In his first outing since the blown save in Game 5, José Leclerc was asked to get as many as five outs in Game 6, coming in with two on, one out and his team ahead 4-2 in the eighth.
First, Leclerc walked Alex Bregman to load the bases and put the go-ahead run at first. Then, he eliminated the threat with a lineout from Mauricio Dubón and a strikeout of Jon Singleton. On to the ninth.
JOSE LECLERC STRIKES HIM OUT WITH THE BASES LOADED!!! WOW!!
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The five-spot from the Rangers in the next half-inning meant Leclerc's night ended up being much easier than expected, but that doesn't happen without him keeping the Astros in check the inning before.
The winner advances to the World Series. The loser heads home for the offseason.