Rangers hold off Orioles 3-2 in ALDS opener

By Samantha Stephensen

Rangers 3 – Orioles 2, Game 1 of ALDS

The Rangers bullpen had to protect a slim lead for the first time this postseason.

Josh Sborz, Aroldis Chapman and José Leclerc were shakey but held on.

Texas reached the sixth inning ahead, and the Rangers held on through some nail bitting moments for a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the ALDS on Saturday.

Josh Jung homered for Texas, which improved to 3-0 in the 2023 playoffs — all on the road.

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This was the first playoff game at Camden Yards since 2014, former Orioles star Adam Jones threw out the first pitch and Orioles fan Joan Jett sang the national anthem.

Adolis García and Evan Carter hit consecutive doubles to put Texas up 1-0 in the fourth, and Heim followed with an RBI single.

The 21-year-old Carter became the youngest player in major league history with four extra-base hits in his first three postseason games.

Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Sunday at Camden Yards.

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