García hits 17th HR, but 'pen labors in 10th

Leadoff triple, walks aid Twins' 3-run rally against Sborz in series opener

June 19th, 2021

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were down from the start against the Twins on Friday night at Globe Life Field. Though they fought back to tie the game twice, Texas ultimately fell, 7-5, in 10 innings in the opener of a three-game series.

This was the first time that the Rangers lost an extra-inning game at home, with Minnesota tacking on three runs in the top of the 10th against relievers and to secure a victory.

logged an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th, but a leadoff triple and two bases-loaded walks for the Twins in the top half of the frame were the difference in the game.

“[The walks are] probably the most frustrating part of the game because we gave them the game,” manager Chris Woodward said. “Literally, we handed them a win by walking those two guys. … You can’t walk them there. Like I know our guys are young and I get it, but we’ve got to play baseball. You got to go after that guy. If he beats you with a hit, he beats you with a hit, but we can’t walk them.”

Woodward said he thought Sborz was the best option of the remaining relievers in that situation in the 10th inning, and he was confident in his ability to keep the game tied or close at the very least.

This was just the second time this season that Sborz yielded three runs in a relief appearance, though in his previous appearance on Tuesday, he also gave up a tying homer to Carlos Correa in the ninth in an eventual 6-3 loss in 10 innings to the Astros.

“Sborz has been one of our best in close games for us,” Woodward said. “I don't think that there was an issue pitching him in that spot. He's pitched in high leverage pretty much for the last two months and done reasonably well at times. That was our best option, in my opinion. He's just got to go out and execute a little bit better.”

Adolis García was almost the Rangers’ savior once again as he belted his 17th homer of the season to tie the game in the seventh inning and force extra innings -- snapping a 17-game home run drought, his longest of the season.

García’s 17 home runs are the most by a Texas rookie prior to the All-Star break. He also has nine homers that have either tied the game (four) or provided a lead (five) this season.

Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz opened the game by yielding two walks and two singles on the way to spotting the Twins three runs in the first inning. He settled down over the next three and kept Minnesota off the scoreboard until a solo homer from Trevor Larnach in the fifth inning gave the Twins a 4-3 lead.

Foltynewicz has now allowed an American League-leading 17 home runs. He has struggled multiple times throughout the season with getting shutdown innings after the Rangers’ offense scores, while the club's young relievers have often labored in high-leverage situations.

“The good pitches I made they kind of hit weakly and the bad pitches I made they hit hard for hours,” Foltynewicz said. “It was kind of weird. I made some kind of bad pitches there to some big hitters and they put the bat on the ball. I put Woody and the bullpen in a bad situation trying to cover all those innings. I just think I might need to relax a little more. I'm stressing myself out a little too much just trying to be too perfect.”