Another game, another walk-off home run. Only this time, it was the Rangers who were on the losing end. Chicago’s Josh Phegley single to left lifted the White Sox over the Rangers and evened the series. With the A’s beating the Orioles 2-1 on Saturday, the Rangers lead in the AL West is now only two and half games.
The game was scoreless in the bottom of the second inning, when the Rangers loaded the bases but could not capitalize as Jurickson Profar struck out to end the inning. The game would remain scoreless until the sixth inning when Alex Rios homered to left with AJ Pierzynski on first, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
But later that inning, Chicago's Adam Dunn homered to left with Gordon Beckham on base, tying the game up. Yu Darvish racked up his 10th 10-strikeout game of the season, getting the Rangers out of a few tense moment when the White Sox seemed poised to score.
The truly scary moment, however, came in the bottom of the ninth inning when an apparent miscommunication between Rangers outfielders Leonys Martin and David Murphy caused them to collide while attempting to make a catch. Martin immediately grabbed his ankle and writhed on the ground in pain.
After a few minutes, he was able to stand up with the help of two trainers and appeared to be able to put weight on his injured ankle. He walked off the field with only minor assistance and was replaced in the outfield by first baseman Mitch Moreland.
With two outs, it looked as though the Rangers would be able to take the game into extra innings when Phegley came to the plate. But Tanners Scheppers was not able to secure the final strike out and the Rangers head into Sunday’s game with a keen eye on their narrow lead over the Athletics.
There was no immediate word on the status of Martin’s injury but his ability to walk off the field gives Rangers fans hope that he will be able to bounce back quickly.