ARLINGTON, Texas, USA — Adolis Garcia homered leading the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Saturday.
The Cuban slugger tied Corey Seager as the team’s home run leader with 15 hits from four corners. He found a slider by reliever Kyle Finnegan (2-2), on a 2-2 count, and put the ball into Washington’s bullpen.
Nelson Cruz tied the score with a two-run homer for the Nationals against his old team in the sixth after Nathaniel Lowe had given Texas the lead with a two-round shot in the second.
Garcia defined the duel after catching a fly ball from Venezuelan Keibert Ruiz at the foot of the right field wall in the beginning of the ninth inning. On the run, he caught a line drive from fellow Venezuelan César Hernández for the second out.
Joe Barlow (3-1), the only right-hander to pitch in a bullpen day for Texas, ended the ninth by striking out Victor Robles.
For the Nationals, the Dominicans Juan Soto 4-1 with a run scored, Cruz 3-1 with a run scored and two produced, Victor Robles 1-0. Cuban Yadiel Hernández 2-1. The Venezuelans Ruiz 4-1, Hernández 3-0, Ehire Adrianza 2-0.
For the Rangers, Cuban Garcia 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI. Dominican Leody Taveras 3-1. The Colombian Meibrys Viloria 3-2.