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The Sunday Read: Rangers still in the fight after standing 8 count

(AP photo/Craig Lassig)

 

One win might not fix everything, but at least the Rangers woke up Sunday having ended their eight-game losing streak.

They finally pulled out a victory in the late innings Saturday, 6-2, with a series of quality plate appearances in the ninth inning against the Twins bullpen. It wasn’t the sexiest way to win a game, with two consecutive bases-loaded walks followed by a bases-loaded hit batsman and a sacrifice fly to break a 2-2 tie.

It’s about time the Rangers enjoyed some good fortune.

Momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher. Fortunately, the Rangers have left-hander Jordan Montgomery in the finale at Target Field, where split might feel like a series win.

With the Mariners suddenly tied with the Rangers atop the American League West, the Rangers need a win to avoid falling out of first place for the first time since April 8.

That’s a long time ago.

Baseball is a sixth-month, 162-game grind filled with highs and lows. Despite all that has unfolded in the past 10 games, despite the standing 8 count they just took, the Rangers are still in the fight and in position to win it.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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