MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adolis García hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to complete the Texas Rangers’ comeback in a 6-3 win against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
García had three hits, including his seventh home run, and three RBIs. Texas is 3-0 in extra innings this season and has scored 10 of their 11 runs in the series in the eighth inning or later.
“Innings one through nine, he’s already got a game plan going into the game, just kind of go through a routine,” García said through an interpreter. “That situation that came up, he just kind of was ready for it. There’s no really any type of pressure. He continued to go to his plan.”
Kyle Gibson, making his first start against his former team, gave up three runs and three hits with eight strikeouts.
Joely Rodríguez (1-1) struck out two in a perfect ninth, and Ian Kennedy gave up a leadoff single before getting a strikeout and game-ending double-play grounder for his eighth save in as many chances.
“Adolis, for some reason, has a flair for the dramatic,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Seems to get a big hit every time we need it. Big home run when we need it, not surprising, I guess. That’s just speaks to this team and the energy we have right now, it’s pretty special.”
Brandon Waddell (0-1) gave up all three runs in the 10th for Minnesota after Taylor Rogers allowed Willie Calhoun’s leadoff homer and Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s sacrifice fly in the ninth, which followed third baseman Josh Donaldson’s fielding error on Charlie Culberson’s grounder.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons managed to track down Kiner-Falefa’s fly but with Simmons’ back turned to the plate, Culberson raced home.
The Twins are 0-6 in extra innings this season.
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