‘Conceded 3 runs in the 8th inning → came from behind’ Texas suffered 4 painful losses in a row, ‘PS competition’ Toronto is in trouble… Still close by 1 game

The gap with the Toronto Blue Jays widened as the Texas Rangers fell on a four-game losing streak. 

Texas lost 2-4 against the Boston Red Sox held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA on the 19th (Korean time), falling into their fourth consecutive loss. For Texas, which is competing to advance to the postseason, it is a truly painful fourth straight loss. 

Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery met the requirements for victory by pitching well, allowing 5 hits, 8 strikeouts, and 1 run in 7 innings. However, reliever Will Smith lost Montgomery’s victory by allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and 1 strikeout in ⅓ innings. Marcus Semien performed well with 2 hits in 4 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 RBI, and 1 run, including his 25th home run of the season, but his shine was overshadowed by the team’s loss. 

Texas scored first with a solo home run by leadoff hitter Marcus Semien in the bottom of the first inning. 

Boston quickly got within scoring range when Bobby Dalbec hit a double with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Luis Urias tied the score at 1-1 with a timely hit and RBI. 

Texas had a chance to get to third base with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when leadoff hitter Evan Carter hit a triple. Semien hit a timely hit with 1 RBI, giving the team the lead again. However, with no outs on first base, the central batting lineup of Corey Seager, Nathaniel Rowe, and Mitch Garber was silent. 

Boston’s leadoff hitter Urias drew a walk in the top of the 8th inning, opening up the offense. Connor Wong hit a double, putting second and third base on base. Sedan Raffaella struck out, and Rafael Devers reached base on an intentional fourth pitch, leaving the bases loaded with one out. Rob Refsnyder turned the game around with two RBI and a timely hit. Adam Duvall then added another run with a 1-RBI sacrifice fly. 

Texas had their last chance when Josh Young hit a single with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning, but Adolis Garcia and Jonah Haim were silent, ultimately failing to prevent a 4-game losing streak. 

Currently, the only teams in the American League that have confirmed advancement to the postseason are Baltimore (93 wins, 56 losses), first place in the American League East Division, and Tampa Bay (92 wins, 59 losses), second place. Toronto (83 wins, 67 losses), where Ryu Hyun-jin plays, is ranked 3rd in the district and is far from the district championship. 

However, Toronto is in second place in the American League wild card race, increasing its chances of advancing to the postseason. Toronto, which did not have a game that day, effortlessly widened the gap with Texas to one game as Texas suffered its fourth straight loss. It’s still a difference that can be overturned in one game, but for now, Toronto has a slight advantage. 스포츠토토

On the other hand, Texas, ranked 3rd in the wild card, narrowed the gap to 4th place Seattle (81 wins, 68 losses) by 0.5 games. If Seattle wins the game against Oakland held on this day, it will be a narrow 3rd place, ahead of the opponent in head-to-head record without a win. 

Aside from Toronto, Texas, and Seattle, the remaining teams are already far away from postseason qualification. Oakland, Kansas City, White Sox, and Angels have already been confirmed to be eliminated, and it is realistically difficult for Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, and Yankees to play fall baseball. 

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