The Texas Rangers had won Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
They had everything set to finish things off at home, in Arlington, but the unexpected happened: the Astros took not one, not two, but three straight games at Globe Life Field.
That includes a heartbreaking loss for the Rangers in Game 5, when they were up 4-2 in the ninth inning and a three-run home run by José Altuve turned the score 5-4 in favor of the Astros.
But the Rangers fought back, and behind an inspired night by their offense, they took Game 6 in Houston, 9-2.
The game was actually at 4-2 as the teams headed to the ninth frame, but the man of the weekend, Adolis Garcia, hit a laser for a grand slam to turn a close game into a blowout.
ADOLIS GARCIA HITS A GRAND SLAM IN HOUSTON!!
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Garcia had quite a weekend.
In Game 5 on Friday, he hit a crucial three-run homer against Justin Verlander to put Texas on top, 4-2.
He turned a deficit into a lead, and he celebrated his homer and took his time to circle the bases.
Then he was hit by a pitch in his next at-bat, he didn’t like it, and was tossed together with Astros pitcher Bryan Abreu and manager Dusty Baker.
After that, Altuve had another signature playoff moment, and the Rangers couldn’t tie the game and lost, 5-4.
On Sunday, Garcia struck out in his first four plate appearances, but had his personal vengeance in the ninth with his huge slam.
Game 7 will be played on Monday, a win-or-go-home affair between two extraordinarily talented teams.
Garcia will be there to go after Houston’s pitching staff once again.NEXT: 2 Rangers Legends Will Return To Globe Life Field Ahead Of Game 4