For much of this home stand, the Rangers have played from behind early in games.
On Sunday afternoon, they got ahead early and never looked back.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Adolis Garcia hit a two-run homer into the left-field seats.

Just two batters later, Wyatt Langford smoked a ball that kicked off the bottom of the Rangers bullpen wall and rolled past Reds right fielder Jake Fraley. Only 15.20 seconds after leaving the batter’s box, Wyatt Langford had motored home for an inside-the-park home run.

Langford became just the fourth Ranger to have his first MLB home run by an inside-the-parker, with the latest being Josh Smith in 2022.

“I don’t know what the odds are on your first home run being an inside-the-parker, but once it hit that wall, I said to Donnie [Ecker] inside-the-parker because he can run. I know that was a big home run for him, and he’s glad to get that goose egg off the board and put a number there,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

Suddenly, a Rangers team that couldn’t hold a lead in the first inning to save their lives was up 4-0 after one.

Dane Dunning got the start for the Rangers and was dominant throughout. Dunning threw four perfect innings before allowing a hit in the fifth and then a hit and a run in the sixth, where he was eventually lifted after throwing just 69 pitches and striking out 10 Reds hitters.

“Jonah [Heim] was extremely good behind the plate, but it’s just right from the get-go attacking and knowing where to go,” Dunning said after the game.

“I felt like we kept them off balance very well today, but no, it was just kinda reading swings and reading how they’re swinging at certain things and going towards certain ways of attacking hitters today.”

Things didn’t quite go smooth sailing after Dunning left the game as Josh Sborz came on and allowed a hard-hit ball which was stopped by Corey Seager, but his throw was in the dirt and bounced away from Nathaniel Lowe, allowing two runs to score and cutting the Texas lead to one.

With the Rangers up by one, it was the backend of the bullpen that brought it home once again.
David Robertson, Jacob Latz, and Kirby Yates combined to throw three scoreless innings to seal the deal and bring home a 4-3 win to secure the series over the Reds.


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