Texas Rangers Makes First World Series Title With 5-0 Win Over Arizona Diamondbacks In Game 5


Corey Seager launched a hard-hitting swing that just missed in the seventh inning, squabbling a ball through a gap in the left side of the infield to score his team’s first run.

Throughout a fantastic October run, the Texas Rangers shortstop and World Series MVP delivered a plenty of power. But on Wednesday night, a bit of luck ignited the offense and propelled the Rangers to their first championship.

Texas was definitely due, especially in light of the heartbreak this club suffered in one of the greatest gut punches in Fall Classic history twelve years ago.

Mitch Garver broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with an RBI single after pitching six solid innings, and the Rangers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in Game 5 to win their first World Series triumph in their 63-year franchise history.

“It’s just awesome. This is the vision, right?” Seager said. “It’s a really special moment.”

After winning three straight games in the desert to close up the Fall Classic, the Rangers concluded the postseason with a record 11-0 on the road thanks to a home run by Marcus Semien in a four-run ninth. Zac Gallen held the Rangers hitless for six innings.

“Everything I’ve ever worked for is for this moment,” Semien said. “Gallen was unbelievable tonight. But we came through. Once Corey got the first hit, everybody kind of woke up. Pitching was unbelievable.”

Thirteen years to the day after the Giants defeated the Rangers in 2010, Bruce Bochy won his fourth World Series championship in his first season with Texas. With San Francisco, he was a ring winner in 2012 and 2014.

Texas supporters watched as their club came agonizingly close to winning the 2011 pennant, needing only one strike on two occasions before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals. The 68-year-old Bochy assisted in banishing some bitter memories for them.

“I was sitting in a recliner there in Nashville, just enjoying myself,” said Bochy, who came out of retirement to take over in Texas.

“I was along for the ride, trust me. I was very fortunate and blessed to be able to get back into baseball in this type of a situation.”

The night before, the Rangers completed baseball’s third all-wild-card World Series by defeating Arizona in a hard-fought pitching match. They had taken a 10-run lead by the third inning of Game 4.

After holding Seager to a weak grounder that found a hole, Gallen gave up an opposite-field single in the seventh inning. Evan Carter, a 21-year-old rookie with the Rangers, followed with a double. when that, Garver hit the first run by fist-pumping when Seager was scored by a strong ground ball up the middle.

Prior to his massive hit in the Series, Garver was just 1 for 17 at the plate.

Josh Jung and Nathaniel Lowe singled off Paul Sewald to begin the ninth inning as the Rangers held onto their 1-0 advantage. Jonah Heim singled to score Jung, and center fielder Alek Thomas made a mistake that allowed the ball to sneak by him, allowing Lowe to come all the way around from first base.

Semien’s two-run home run two outs later put the score at 5-0. Texas scored three runs or more in an inning for the thirteenth time in the postseason.

Aroldis Chapman and Josh Sborz sealed the victory for the Rangers, who became the first club to win a World Series game after allowing no hits or runs through six innings. Meanwhile, in the mound, pitcher Yuval Elliav wriggled out of danger all night.

Sborz recorded his first playoff save in 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, striking out four batters. Happy Texas players ran toward the mound to celebrate after he threw a called third strike past Ketel Marte for the game’s last out.

For the Rangers, who have been around since 1961 when they were the Washington Senators in expansion, it’s their first championship. In 1972, they relocated to Texas for the season.