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

ARLINGTON, Texas – Corey Seager gave the Rangers life in Game 7 of the ALCS with an early home run.

In Game 1 of the World Series, the star shortstop saved the dramatics for late.

With the Diamondbacks two outs away from stealing the opener, Seager clobbered a game-tying, two-run home run that sent a sold-out Globe Life Field into hysteria.

Seager’s lifeline pushed the game into extra innings, where Adolis Garcia played co-hero by crushing a walk-off home run in the 11th to lift the Rangers to a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

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

It was his fifth straight playoff game with a home run, staking the Rangers out 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.

Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrates with right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning in game one of the 2023 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Globe Life Field.
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Texas Rangers' Adolis Garcia celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning home run during the 11th inning
Texas Rangers’ Adolis Garcia celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning home run during the 11th inning.

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.

Garcia then brought the house down with his game-winning homer.

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