ARLINGTON, Texas — Corey Seager and Adolis García hit home runs early in the game, Nathan Eovaldi pitched a great game, and the Texas Rangers completed a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles to advance to the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The Rangers won the game 7-1 on Tuesday night.
The Rangers, who became a wild-card team after losing their last regular season game, have now won all five of their postseason games. This is their first time reaching the ALCS since 2011.
The Orioles won 101 games during the regular season and were never swept in a series. However, they were unable to win a single game in this series and have now lost eight consecutive playoff games over the past 10 seasons.
In the first inning, Corey Seager hit a 445-foot home run, and in the second inning, Adolis García hit a three-run home run. This was enough to chase Orioles pitcher Dean Kremer from the game.
This was the first playoff game at Globe Life Field, the Rangers’ home stadium. Seager, who was the MVP of last year’s NLCS and World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit seven home runs in this stadium during the previous postseason.
Nathaniel Lowe also hit a home run for Texas, and Nathaniel Lowe hit a solo shot in the sixth inning.
Eovaldi pitched a great game, striking out seven batters and allowing only one run over seven innings. José Leclerc closed the game for the Rangers, getting the final four outs.
With this sweep, the Orioles’ season has come to an end. The Rangers now await their opponent for Game 1 of the ALCS, which will be played on Sunday.