Adolis Garcia powers Rangers to World Series Game 1 walk-off win

ARLINGTON, Texas — Corey Seager delivered the lifeline. Adolis Garcia made sure it did not go to waste.

Together, the two stars lifted the Rangers to a dramatic win in Game 1 of the World Series.

With the Diamondbacks two outs away from stealing the opener, Seager clobbered a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning before Garcia walked it off in the 11th with a solo shot for a 6-5 win that sent a sold-out Globe Life Field into hysteria.

“The chills is what was crazy,” third baseman Josh Jung said. “After Corey’s homer and then Adolis’ homer, it’s just like blackout moments for everyone.”

For an unlikely World Series matchup, the Rangers and Diamondbacks delivered plenty of juice in their first showdown.

Fresh off winning the ALCS MVP, Garcia remained red-hot with a three-hit night, the last of which was an opposite-field blast off Miguel Castro.

It marked his fifth straight playoff game with a home run — one shy of Daniel Murphy’s MLB record — staking the Rangers to a 1-0 series lead as they chase the franchise’s first World Series title.

Seager’s ninth-inning blast came on the first pitch he saw from Diamondbacks closer Paul Sewald, who had not allowed a run in his first eight games of the playoffs. The former Met got into trouble by walking No. 9 hitter Leody Taveras to begin the bottom of the ninth, which the Diamondbacks entered with a 5-3 lead.

“This is the playoffs. This is what it’s all about,” Seager said.

Seager won the 2020 World Series MVP for the Dodgers at Globe Life Field in front of a neutral, limited crowd because of the pandemic. Three years later, his game-tying homer ignited the packed house of 42,472 that had been quieted by the Diamondbacks.

The normally reserved Seager let out a scream as he bounced up the first-base line, just as he did after homering in the first inning of Game 7 of the ALCS.

“To see him yell as soon as he hit it, we knew it was about to go a mile,” Jung said.

Garcia then brought the house down with his game-winning homer, setting the MLB record with 22 RBIs this postseason in the process.

Adolis Garcia celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning homer during the 11th inning of the Rangers’ Game 1 win.
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For most of the night, the young and aggressive Diamondbacks looked primed to continue playing the role of spoiler. They were not intimidated by Nathan Eovaldi, a big game pitcher who came into the night 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA this postseason. The Diamondbacks got to him for five runs across 4 ²/₃ innings on Friday, the most he has given up in any of his 16 career playoff appearances. It also marked the second-shortest start of Eovaldi’s playoff career.

Evan Carter, the Rangers’ 21-year-old rookie, ripped an RBI double and came around to score for a 2-0 lead off Zac Gallen in the bottom of the first inning.

Corey Seager (right) celebrates with right fielder Adolis Garcia after hitting the game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning of the Rangers’ 6-5 comeback win over the Diamondbacks in 11 innings in Game 1 of the World Series.
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Texas Rangers’ Adolis Garcia, left, celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 11th inning in Game 1.
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But Corbin Carroll, the Diamondbacks’ presumptive National League Rookie of the Year, answered in the third with a two-run triple. He then flashed his speed again to score on a ground ball to first base for the 3-2 lead.

After Carter’s second double of the night keyed a rally in which the Rangers tied the game in the bottom of the third, Tommy Pham put the Diamondbacks back on top with a solo homer in the fourth.

Ketel Marte, the NLCS MVP, added an insurance run with an RBI double in the fifth.

The Rangers celebrate after Adolis Garcia hit a walk-off home run to beat the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the World Series.
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But Seager rose to the occasion before it was too late with one out in the ninth inning, awaking the Rangers and sending them on their way to a thrilling victory.

“It’s a moment where what he did just gave us that spark,” Garcia said through an interpreter. “It pumped us all up, and it allowed us to come back out there and get that win, which was what we were trying to do.”

“Special players step out in moments like this, and [Garcia has] done it all season for us,” Seager added. “It’s been extremely fun to watch and extremely fun to be a part of.”

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