In a thrilling opener of the AL Championship Series, the Texas Rangers emerged victorious, defeating the Houston Astros with a final score of 2-0. Jordan Montgomery’s outstanding performance on the mound was pivotal as he limited the Astros to just five hits over 6 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Leody Taveras’s solo homer in the fifth inning provided the Rangers with a two-run lead that proved to be the difference-maker.
The Rangers’ 21-year-old rookie, Evan Carter, made significant contributions, both offensively and defensively. He doubled and scored in the second inning, showcasing his offensive prowess. In the outfield, he displayed his athleticism with two exceptional defensive plays. Texas manager Bruce Bochy praised his team’s ability to manufacture runs and commended Montgomery’s exceptional pitching, especially as he navigated out of tight situations.
The victory marked the Rangers’ sixth consecutive win in the postseason, following impressive sweeps of the Rays and Orioles in the Wild Card and Division Series, respectively. It was a significant turnaround for the team as they suffered six consecutive playoff losses against Toronto in the ALDS during 2015 and 2016.
The Astros, who dominated the Rangers in a September series with 16 homers and a 39-10 run differential, struggled to find their offensive rhythm in this postseason matchup, managing just five singles. The game showcased the power of strong pitching, with Montgomery’s excellent form on full display.
The AL Championship Series continues with Game 2 in Houston, where fans eagerly anticipate another exciting showdown between these in-state rivals. The matchup features Framber Valdez for the Astros and Nathan Eovaldi for the Rangers, adding to the excitement of this closely watched series as both teams vie for a chance to reach the World Series.